The 9 Most Insane Gifts for Car People Who Have Everything
The 9 Most Insane Gifts for Car People Who Have Everything
The ultimate gift guide for that special someone who loves all things autos.
There are car lovers; and then there are car lovers, those men and women who have made driving vintage, luxury, and high-performance vehicles a part of their life. They’ve already been given—or bought themselves—the bomber jacket emblazoned with their favorite automaker. They have that automobile-inspired ballpoint pen, the scale-model car and the specialty stationery. Maybe they’ve even enjoyed a track day or two.
See the ultimate gift guide designed for that special someone—you’ll see how special they have to be—who loves all things autos.
Porsche Design 911 Soundbar $3,499.99
You don’t drive a Porsche 911 GT3; you experience it. This $175,900 sports car accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and reaches a top track speed of 193 mph.
Even if the Porsche 911 GT3 isn’t in your holiday gift giving budget, you can still give a piece of it in a very practical way.
The Porsche Design 911 Soundbar is a high-end virtual surround system with an integrated subwoofer. It’s a 200-watt system with DTS TruSurround, and Bluetooth technology for wireless audio transmissions from smartphones, tablets, and other devices.
The special touch is that this unique sound system is made of an original rear silencer and twin exhaust module from a Porsche 911 GT3. And at $3,499.99, it’s a lot more affordable than buying the real deal.
BMW Cruise e-Bike $3,430
You know someone—a special someone—who loves BMW. I mean really, really loves BMW. If the restored E28 M5 BMW in their garage wasn’t enough to broadcast their passion, then their collection of BMW logoed caps, gloves, thermos, sunglasses and luggage does.
So why not complete the circle of all things BMW and add an electric bike developed by the German automaker? The BMW Cruise e-Bike, which has recently been updated, has a bull-neck aluminum frame, a BOSCH Performance Line electric motor, and a 400 watt-hour battery that provides pedal support at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. The $3,430 e-Bike has a 62.1-mile range and can be fully charged in 3.5 hours. There are components a bike lover will appreciate too, including a shift system and hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano.
Pure McClaren Arctic Circle Experience From $15,530
There is driving a McLaren 570S, and then there’s driving a McLaren 570S some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the northern reaches of Finland.
McLaren hold tracks days, which lets drivers test and improve their skills with professional coaches, all over the world. But the Pure McClaren Arctic Circle Experience is something special. McClaren has its own dedicated winter testing facility in Finland that includes three frozen lakes and more than 62 miles of almost permanently frozen roads and hillside trails. Every driver has a one-on-one coaching experience with a specialist to help you master each and every icy turn. After dark, guests can go snowmobiling or learn how to drive your own team of dogs across the snowy landscape.
The two-day trip includes luxurious accommodations at the Jávri Lodge, built by Urho Kekkonen, the longest serving President of Finland. Here you can kick back and enjoy the company of other McClaren fans or watch the Northern Lights. Such an experience runs $15,530 for an individual, or $19,878 for a couple package with one driver, or nearly $28,000 for a couple package with two drivers.
Hestra ‘Steve’ Gloves $130
The Hestra ‘Steve’ gloves are for those sumptuous driving days when a little Steve McQueen inspiration is required. Hestra, a Swedish company that has been making outdoors and dress gloves for 80 years, styled this pair after the actor and renowned car enthusiast.
The “Steve” uses featherlight Ethiopian hairsheep leather to conform to the driver’s hands, providing an improved level of control of the steering wheel. The supple leather allows gives drivers the dexterity needed to turn the volume up on the car stereo, adjust the seat, or operate other controls on the car’s dashboard.
The gloves are unlined and so better suited for milder temperatures—North Californians, you can wear these year-round—and available in five colors. Hestra also offers a bespoke-fitting service, though only in its Stockholm flagship store.
Autodromo ‘Stelvio’ Sunglasses $295
Motoring fans need no introduction to Italy’s Stelvio Pass: the infamous ribbon of road that winds up alpine Southern Tyrol and features no fewer than 60 hairpin bends, leading many to name it one of Europe’s greatest driving roads.
Motorists might need an introduction to Autodromo, a young brand, founded in 2011 by designer Bradley Price, that aims to capture the glamour of vintage motorsports. There’s a distinct Italian flair to their range of watches, sunglasses, gloves, and other accessories.
Autodromo, clearly inspired by the Italian roadway, has a striking pair sunglasses called the Stelvio that just might be the perfect eyewear for running the Mille Miglia in a vintage Alfa Romeo. Or wait for Alfa Romeo’s latest crossover SUV—aptly named the Stelvio—that was unveiled at the 2016 LA Auto Show for the perfect car and eyewear pairing.
Bugatti Armani Capsule Collection Price upon request
Only good things can happen when you bring a French luxury high-performance automaker together with a high-end Italian fashion house.
Giorgio Armani and Bugatti have collaborated to create a collection of leather goods and clothing for the man who loves fast, stylish cars and luxury clothing. The Giorgio Armani for Bugatti collection is the ultimate automotive wardrobe developed for the autumn/winter 2016-17 seasons. But you won’t find these just anywhere. The garments and accessories in the collection, all of which reference the iconic motifs of the Bugatti brand, are manufactured in limited editions and numbered. They’re sold in select Giorgio Armani boutiques and in Ettore Bugatti lifestyle boutiques.
The collection includes small leather goods such as belts, wallets, and iPad cases–all available in calfskin or crocodile—a coat and blouson jacket in cashmere, a leather jacket with raised collar and concealed hood, and calfskin sneakers with crocodile details and a blue interior. The centerpiece is a briefcase made of soft calfskin, one version of which is lined in matte crocodile suede in the Bugatti blue. The collection includes a roomier weekend bag marked by the horseshoe-shaped emblem found on the front of every Bugatti.
Zenith El Primero Range Rover Special Edition $8,700
Swiss luxury watchmaker Zenith partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to bring the best of both brands together in one automotive-inspired timepiece. The end result is the Zenith El Primero Range Rover, which features a 42 mm case made from aluminum finished in a dark, scratch-resistant ceramic coating. Look closely and you’ll see that this watch drew inspiration from the new Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic, the brand’s most luxurious well-appointed SUV. The grey dial of the watch is a nod to the SVAutobiography’s unique front grille with Graphite Atlas mesh and chrome inserts.
Even the strap and watchbox has Range Rover elements. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with ivory-toned perforated calfskin and a black Diamond-Like Carbon coated titanium triple folding clasp. The watch also comes with an additional rubber strap finished in Range Rover Navy Perforated Leather. The watch is delivered in a box made from the same gloss-lacquered wood found on Range Rover interiors and is completed with the Range Rover logo.
The back of the watch is made from sapphire crystal and engraved with special edition wording. The look is splendid; the movement of the watch even better, which you can see thanks to the clear case back.
Rolls-Royce Cocktail Hamper $46,328
Opening the Rolls-Royce cocktail hamper delivers the tiniest of gut punches. The platinum-rimmed tumblers from Europe’s revered glassmaker Theresienthal, the heavy leather lid and American walnut-laden interior, plus all the sumptuous accoutrements inside are all delivering one message: this is how to really enjoy the perfect cocktail.
The cocktail hamper is the rare kind of gift-only 15 will be produced-that you’ll have to give after the holidays. The cocktail hamper, which is priced at $46,328, takes eight weeks to make.
When you open up the hamper and the integrated automatic light illuminates the handmade decanters, tumblers, shaker, ice bucket, tongs, plates, napkins, and other cocktail-making must-haves, you’ll forget about all the cocktails that came before this.
Aston Martin AM37 Powerboat $1.6 Million
When the high-speed turns of the track or that perfectly winding roadway no longer satisfies, it might be time to turn the water. And that’s when Aston Martin–yes, the famed British luxury sports car manufacturer–comes in.
Aston Martin, in partnership with Quintessence Yachts, has developed two ultra-luxe day-cruiser powerboats: the AM37 and the faster AM37S Platinum. The AM37, short for Aston Martin and an indication of its 37-foot length, was unveiled in September 2016 at the Monaco Yacht Show. This prototype took 10,000 hours to produce; and moving forward the folks at Quintessence Yachts hope to reduce that to 8,000 hours.
In short, a lot of work goes into this $1.6 million powerboat. The AM37S Platinum is about $500,000 pricier and reaches a top speed of about 57.5 miles per hour (or 50 knots). What you should know: think Aston Martin on the water. The company leaned on some of its top automotive designers for this eight-seater powerboat, which has a carbon fiber dashboard, wraparound windscreen, and a sliding deck that will cover the cockpit of the boat with a touch of a button. All of the standard features you’d expect in a high-end powerboat are there, as is a swim platform and a galley and head below-deck.