Go on, treat yourself (or maybe a loved one) – ’tis the season, after all. Here are some great gifts for car enthusiasts
Jaguar E-type sculpture by streamliner designs
The first of a new series of limited-edition sculptures (top image), this 20cm-long piece strips the E-type back to highlight the essential shape of ‘the most beautiful car ever made’. It is machined from a solid block of aluminium, a process that takes ten hours, and then meticulously polished by the man behind Streamliner Designs, Kevin Hicks.
Porsche T-shirt of 1983 Le Mans poster
Porsche was rightly proud of this almost-landslide, only a solitary Sauber-BMW spoiling the sequence, and created a poster to celebrate. It’s now reproduced on this 100% cotton T-shirt. A Porsche finished 11th, too, incidentally. And 13th, 15th, 20th, 21st…
Welbike replica by C&K Precision engineers
The Welbike was chucked out of transport planes with paratroopers during World War Two, folded flat in a lozenge-shaped case ready to be kicked into life as soon as it hit the ground. Survivors of the conflict fetch good money these days – a 1943 Mk2 bike was recently advertised with case and parachute for ¤16,500 – but British company C&K Precision Engineers offers dead-on replicas for a reasonable price. Each bike is built with a refurbished 1940s Villiers Junior De Luxe two-stroke engine of 98cc, two pannier tanks with a hand pump, tiny 20-spoke wheels and full foldability. Bikes are made to order, in Service Brown or Olive, but are worth the wait – they’re interesting machines, and terrific fun.
Aluminium P-51 Mustang model
Capable of inspiring awe even in those with no interest in aviation generally, the P-51 Mustang is utterly captivating in flight. Anybody who has had the pleasure of being buzzed by a Mustang will not forget the experience, the rasping engine note giving the impression that the sky is being torn in two. This limited-edition model, clad in aircraft-grade aluminium (what else?), has a whopping 75.5cm wingspan and is a handsome tribute to one of the most characterful planes ever built.
The Joke, signed by Sir Stirling Moss
Stirling Moss didn’t win the 1958 British Grand Prix at Silverstone in his Vanwall VW10. But he was in fine form before the race as he bantered with eventual second-place man Mike Hawthorn, seen here smoking a pipe (in the pits!) and clutching a wheel hammer while Hawthorn’s mechanic joins in from the Ferrari Dino 246’s cockpit. This framed photograph of the moment, 50cm square, comes signed by Moss complete with a certificate of authenticity and a photograph from the signing session.
Film Cars by Rear View Prints
These three prints, offered in A3 or A4 size, feature drawings of some of cinema’s most iconic four-wheeled stars. One shows the evolution of the Batmobile; another some of James Bond’s most useful steeds; and the third a trio of cult favourites – the Back To The Future DeLorean, the Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1 Cadillac, and the A-Team’s GMC van.
Volkswagen nesting storage trunks
The VW Type 2 never fails to make us smile, and these trunks, which can be stored inside one another, Russian-doll-style, share the Camper’s jolly expression. They’re obviously intended to be decorative but, with the largest trunk measuring 60x36x32.5cm, they’re big enough to be useful, too.
Group C poster by Guy Allen
The man behind Felix Petrol turns his pen, appropriately, to the most cartoonish form of racing of all: Group C. His new poster, an A2-size piece available in an edition of 300, features the main protagonists from the brilliantly barmy endurance racing formula, with the instantly recognisable Rothmans Porsche 917 leading the way.
Yamaha Café Racer balance bike
The traditional wooden balance bike seems deeply inadequate when compared with Yamaha’s café racer. It boasts slick ten-inch pneumatic tyres, shaped grips for little hands, and an underseat exhaust.
Fujifilm X-100T camera
That mirror to which photographers have been beholden for so long? It takes up an awful lot of real estate inside a camera body, and it turns out it’s not indispensable at all. High-performance mirrorless cameras are here, and the X-100T is a cracker. It might look like a piece of vintage kit, but under the classically styled exterior is a 16.3MP APS-C sensor capable of making spectacular images. The fixed focal length might put some off, but we love the versatility of the f/2 35mm-equivalent lens – and the way that it keeps the camera compact.
Suixtil Grand Prix Driving Gloves
With its Grand Prix gloves Suixtil has taken a classic design – the 1950s-style knit-back – and refined it thoughtfully. A one-piece lamb’s leather palm eliminates the usual seam at the base of the thumb for maximum comfort while behind the wheel, and for durability the leather wraps over the index finger, while the thumb is reinforced with suede. There’s a handy tab at the wrist, too, to help pull the gloves on.
Ferrari 275 GTB by Ella Freire
Wimbledon-based silk screen printer Ella clearly has a passion for cars. Not so surprising, perhaps, when you hear that her grandfather raced a Bugatti at Brooklands in the 1930s. Each print achieves an almost three-dimensional quality thanks to Ella’s method of layering metallic, coloured and white inks before reverse-mounting the result onto 8mm thick flame-polished acrylic. The series includes Austin-Healey, DB5, Miura, E-type, Dino, and our favourite – this rather stunning 275. Or why not commission your own?
Steve McQueen oil drum seat by Gulf
One for the man-cave, with the added benefit of some upmarket upcycling – an (unused) oil drum converted into a padded seat complete with Gulf and Heuer logos and a vinyl facsimile of Steve McQueen’s signature to reference his Le Mans film. The upholstery is quilted, the drum rests on either adjustable chrome legs or rollers, the white paint is automotive-quality and you can even have it with a built-in USB charger. It’s an official Gulf Oil International product, too. All the classic references are there; could there be a cooler stool?
Globe-Trotter Land Rover Heritage trunk
It’s small, only 55cm wide, so think of this more as a briefcase than a steamer trunk – definitely at the luxury end of the Land Rover spectrum. On its woven cotton lid lining is a map of the 1955 Oxford and Cambridge Expedition’s route to Singapore in two Land Rovers, there’s a set of expedition-flavoured luggage stickers for exterior authenticity, and the tan leather straps and handles finish it nicely. The Queen herself uses Globe-Trotter luggage, so you’ll be in Royal company.
Maserati 8CTF bicycle by Montante Cicli
The Maserati name has appeared on motorcycles in the past, and there’s now a Trident-sporting bicycle, too. It’s not made by Maserati, of course – there are GranTurisimos and Quattroportes and Ghiblis to be built – but by Sicilian bicycle wizards Montante Cicli. The hand-crafted, single-speed 8CTF pays tribute to the Indy 500-winning Maser of the same name, borrowing its colour scheme and featuring a 1940s-style marque emblem.
Triumph messenger bag
It’s meant for Triumph-riding motorcyclists because it’s officially a messenger bag, but this vintage-looking satchel in oiled Hunter leather and 18oz ‘enzyme wash’ canvas might just appeal to the hardy driver of a leaky TR3 tackling a Historic rally.
Piccadilly chair by Made
Anybody who has lived or worked in our Capital will recognise that pattern immediately. Made’s cotton-covered Piccadilly chair is part of its TfL collection, which is inspired by the London Underground – occasionally unsavoury, frequently overcrowded, always too hot, but a British institution.
Porsche 917 art door by Joel Clark
Here’s an original idea: a full-size Porsche 917 door, formed on a buck used to build 917 replicas, and covered in pieces of hand-cut vinyl to create an artwork evoking the 917’s racing exploits. Joel Clark is producing a series of these, but doors can be commissioned, too, and thanks to its big black book of contacts, Signature Store may be able to arrange for buyers to collect their artwork from a notable 917 pilot of the past.
Shell art chairs by Racing & Emotion / Superstrada
The term ‘art chair’ brings to mind the sort of decorative, bum-numbing perch that you’d find in the house of a pompous interior designer, but these are nothing of the sort. Very obviously inspired by mid-century trends and decorated with appropriately vintage Shell branding, they are as comfortable as they are eye-catching. Both the egg and ball types are available in other motor sport-related themes, too, courtesy of Racing & Emotion and Los Angeles-based design house Superstrada.
A Show of Force by John Ketchell
In the 1930s there can have been few more depressing sights for a racer than that of Germany’s Silver Arrows arriving in the pits; the cars were so dominant for a period that many gifted drivers with inferior machinery must have considered alternative careers. At the 1938 Donington Grand Prix, Silver Arrows took first, second and third, led by Tazio Nuvolari’s Auto Union Type D, their ‘show of force’ eventually inspiring John Ketchell’s wonderfully kinetic 42x34in painting in acrylics on canvas.
1:8 scale Maserati 420/M/58 Eldorado
Italian ice cream company Eldorado Gelati sponsored Maserati’s entry in the 1958 500 Miles of Monza (Europe’s reply to the Indianapolis 500), becoming the first car to race in Europe in a sponsor’s colours. Stirling Moss drove, but was sidelined by an accident on lap 40. Now the ‘ice-cream car’ is commemorated with this large-scale model.
Silverstone 24 Hour poster by Twinartichokes
Among the more recent creations of Twinartichokes is this arresting poster for the Silverstone 24 Hour. Just 24 large-format (A1) prints have been made, each of which is signed and numbered, but a run of 24 smaller (A2) prints has also been announced.
Alpina horological smart watch
Those whose taste in watches tends towards the traditional have been excluded from the smartwatch revolution so far, but Alpina is now making a good-old-fashioned-looking model that is compatible with both Android and IOS devices, and which offers the activity-tracking and multi-time-zone functionality of digital smartwatches.
1:8 scale Ferrari 250 LM by Javan Smith
When a model is this big, the level of detail makes it seem almost real. So it’s that much easier to imagine Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory hustling this NART-entered 250 LM to victory in the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours as you take in the fully detailed cockpit with its correct seats and steering wheel. Each model takes two months to build.
Pebble Beach Concours tie by The Outlierman
The Outlierman makes accessories for the ‘gentleman driver’, such as this tie called The Posh which was created for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It’s part of a range that includes bow ties and pocket squares – handkerchiefs to you and us. The patterns feature various classic car designs and are made of Italian silk.
Triumph Tiger t-shirt
Two motorcycling legends are celebrated here: the Triumph T110 Tiger, forerunner of the Bonneville, and Barbour clothing. When the rain comes down, we wouldn’t want to be on the one without the other.
Jim Clark Lotus 33 by Dexter Brown
Small – 15x9.5in – but irresistible, this new work by Dexter Brown is a vortex of impressionist action, mad blues and purples evoking heat and haze as Jim Clark heads to victory in the first Formula 1 World Championship race of 1965, the South African Grand Prix. It was the first of the six wins Clark notched up en route to his second drivers’ title. Produced in gouache on board, this original painting can be purchased with an excellent, mounted Jim Clark autograph.
Peloton shirt by t-lab
A fast-moving peloton is a sight impressive and terrifying in equal measure, riders sitting wheel-to-wheel on a descent, one wrong move from a serious case of road rash… Their bravery is the inspiration for this shirt.
Land Rover t-shirt
Front and centre is a technical drawing of an Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ Expedition Series One, while an expedition map is embroidered into the split side and a number plate hides in the hem.
Porsche dealer sign
This smart 25x35in enamel sign is not a reproduction but new-old-stock from the 1970s – and is one of five that have been discovered by Collector Studio.
The lacquer-painted badge on these rhodium-plated cufflinks is heritage-flavoured, and we note that the weight-saving measures are equally traditional…
Bentley sculpture by Robin Bark
A rendering in solid aluminium (nickel-plate and sterling silver finishes are offered) of the R-Type Continental, this 25cm-long sculpture gives the impression of a car in motion.