Sir Jonathan Ive, Head Designer at Apple Buys a $17 Million Home on San Francisco’s Gold Coast

 Sir Jonathan Paul ‘Jony’ Ive is responsible, to a great extent in making Apple what it is today. He has led the design team of Apple since 1996. In a significant move, watched by the entire industry, he has gone ahead and bought a stunning house on San Francisco’s ultra-exclusive ‘Gold Coast’ for $17 million. Sir Jonathan who received his British Knighthood recently is considered one of the world’s smartest designers. 

He is credited with being the man behind many of the blockbuster Apple’s products. He has become a rich man in the process with a fortune estimated at around $130 million. Since the death of Steve Jobs there have been rumors that the British designer might go back home and leave Apple. But his buying a luxury home in San Francisco will reassure those who want him to continue working for Apple and come up with many more brilliant products.

The House was Earlier Listed for $25 Million

The luxury home is located on the city’s one of the most exclusive blocks at 2808 Broadway Street. The house was originally built in 1927 and designed by Willis Polk & Company. It was labeled the most expensive home in San Francisco when it was earlier listed for $25 million. The well maintained house exudes elegance and warmth. 

The house has a timeless brick design exterior, a slate roof and a deep portico entry. The house boasts of a total of 7,274 square feet of living space that includes six bedrooms and eight and half bathrooms. The other highlights are a oak paneled library, an elegant and well maintained courtyard garden and six wood-burning fireplaces. The house also features a two bedroom and one bathroom staff apartment.

San Francisco Neighborhood Boasts of Several Celebrities

The house boasts sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay that stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge, across Russian Hill, and to Alcatraz Island. Steel frame windows that are operable, hinder the views to the minimum. The kitchen features granite slab countertops, a tall box-beam ceiling, and a large center island with butcher-block prep space. 

The master-suite features a wood-burning fireplace with marble surround, custom blinds and ample wardrobe storage space. The other exclusive features include a fitness room, a sundeck with spa, a laundry room and security alarm system. Sir Jonathan Ive will have many celebrities as neighbors including Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, renowned Hollywood actor Nicholas Cage, Larry Ellison and Mark Pincus.

First Slovenian Supercar Priced at $370,000 Ready for Salon Privé, London

You don’t think of Slovenia when you think of a supercar. But the tiny country has surprised the automotive world with Tushek Renovatio T500, the first supercar developed in Slovenia. It is being readied for its maiden appearance at the U.K.’s 2012 Salon Privé

It is the most prestigious platform the high end cars where the Slovenian creation is expected to take on better known models like the McLaren MP4-12C and Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Tushek Renovatio T500 is not being defensive at all and is full of confidence as it enters the world stage as it has been priced at $370,000 which is approximately $128,200 more than the McLaren MP4-12C and $125,848 more than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Both the cars are priced just under $250,000 including the destination charge.

The Supercar is Based on Slovakian K1-Attack Kit Car

The makers are obviously very confident about the Slovenian supercar which is based on the earlier Slovakian K1-Attack kit car. It is a road legal track car that is hand crafted for an exclusive finish. The Renovatio T500 is outfitted with an Audi RS4-sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 444 horsepower. 

The performance of the car is enhanced as the engine is paired with an Audi S5 six-speed manual that sends power to the rear wheels. It gives the car tremendous power and very quick acceleration. The manufacturers claim that the super car is capable of achieving a speed of 62 mph in merely 3.7 seconds. The car is capable of a top speed of 193 miles per hour. At 2,403 pounds it is not a lightweight car.

Aljosa Tushek, A Slovenian Racecar Driver is Behind the Supercar

Tushek was founded by Aljosa Tushek, a passionate Slovenian racecar driver. He not only understands cars but loves them. He has brought in all his experience and skill to develop a super machine that guarantees performance. It is an ambitious project but Tushek plans to go ahead slowly. Only 30 cars are set for production this year. 

It is not going to be easy for the new entrant to compete with the well established brands of supercars. And with a much higher price tag it will have to prove its superiority on several fronts. We will have to wait and watch the response it receives from the industry and the potential buyers. The seventh Salon Privé which is a three day event is scheduled to be inaugurated on September 5 just outside of central London.
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One of the First Cars Made by Ford Motor Company Heading for Auction

 Ford Motor Company has a rich history of making automobiles. It all started in 1903 with a batch of cars called the Model A. Only three of them were made in the first batch. One of the first batch of Ford Cars, which could possibly be the very first Ford car assembled, will be offered for auction at RM’s Hershey auction in October. 

In 1903 the Model A was positioned as Henry Ford’s new light automobile. Henry Ford had founded the company in Detroit with eleven other investors and had designed the Model A as light runabout powered by a horizontally opposed 8hp two-cylinder engine. The vehicle with a 72 inch wheel base was priced at $850 compared the larger cars that were being sold for as much as $2,500 at the time.

Ford Motor Company Vehicle Was Produced in July 1903

The first orders that came in for the Model A were very critical for the company as it was facing a financial crunch and could have collapsed without producing any car. The first three orders were received in July 1903 and Ford Motor Company built the three cars in one batch in an assembly room in the Mack Avenue plant. It appears that the cars were numbered randomly, tested, fine tuned and shipped towards the end of the month. Herbert L. McNary, a butter maker from Britt, Iowa received the Model A car that carried the serial number 30. It is this particular car which will be auctioned next month. The two other cars from the first batch of Ford Cars were sold to one Dr. Ernst Pfenning and the Indiana Automobile Company.

In 2007 the Vehicle Fetched $693,000

The Model A #30 served McNary and his family for long and stayed with them for fifty years. Harry E. Burd of Waterloo, Iowa bought it from the family for just $400 and invested in having it restored by Lloyd Sievers. The car went to Europe in 1961 as Burd sold it to a Swiss Ford dealer. The car came back in 2001 when an unnamed collector bought it. The car had become a century old and it reached the peak of its valuation when in 2007 Houston lawyer John O’Quinn bought it for $693,000 at RM’s Arizona auction. After O’Quinn’s death his estate tried to sell it in 2010 at RM’s Monterey sale as the bidding could not climb up to the reserve price.

Ford Auction will be Held on October 11 & 12

The only surviving piece from the first batch of vehicles produced by the Ford Motor Company is coming back to the auction block. The whereabouts of Model A #9 and #11 could not be traced. The #30 has acquired the exclusivity that cannot be matched. It is now the first vehicle made by the century old car maker which over the last 109 years has become a behemoth in global auto manufacturing. The first of the Model As produced has also traveled to Europe and has gained in value with age. It is an opportunity to own a piece of automobile history when RM’s Hershey auction will take place on October 11-12 at the Hershey Lodge. The pre sales estimates have been toned down to $300,000 to $500,000.
Via: blog.hemmings

Porsche 918 Spyder offers optional ‘Liquid’ shade paint for $65,000

Porsche 918 Spyder offers optional ‘Liquid’ shade paint for $65,000

Porsche’s upcoming and much-hyped about hybrid supercar, the 918 Spyder, which originally debuted as an open-top two-seat concept at the Geneva Auto Show 2010, has now been described as the worst-kept secret. Reason being, this petrol-electric hybrid supercar has been spied many a times, revealing much-more details than what German automaker officially announced. Unlike other supercar manufacturers who do their very best to keep their upcoming supercars a well-kept secret before the official launch, Porsche is actually not at all trying to cover up any details. 

As, the automaker already confirmed that their high-performance 918 Spyder parallel-hybrid covered Nordschleife in under seven and a half minutes, and is capable of achieving 0 to 60 mph in maximum of 3.1 seconds, with a top speed of 200mph with its powerful V8 engine, which delivers 770-hp. 

Well, now a brochure has been leaked on the web that distinguished buyers of this one of the most expensive Porsche supercars at $845,000, will have to pay an additional amount of astounding $65,000 for a spectacular Liquid Metal Blue or Liquid Metal Grey exterior finish, if only they want to treat the road to something really different for a change.

However, if the affluent buyer finds Porsche’s exterior-finish charge exorbitant, then they can choose from 4 solid colors, white, black, racing yellow and guards red, and six metallic colors, along with the Martini Racing finish. Notably, this premium quality paint will be applied directly to carbon-fiber reinforced plastic for the first time.

The brochure also reveals that buyers of 918 Spyder will also be able to opt for Weissach Package, which helps reduce the car weight by 34 kg.

Though, there will only be 918 examples, which alone makes the 918 Spyder an extraordinary sports car, but the huge range of customization options means that your own 918 Spyder will almost certainly be one of a kind.

Also, we have earlier seen that German tuner Gemballa introduced the world's first diamond coating for cars, besides the world's most expensive car wash, the nano-technology car wash, and the Select Nano luxury spa for cars which offers service in Dubai.

Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars debut at Paris Motor Show 2012

Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars debut at Paris Motor Show

An eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s, and flourished internationally throughout in the 1930s and into the WW II era, Art Deco, as a style of art was most known for its mathematical geometric shapes, strong colors, zigzags and bold outlines. The style actually influenced almost all areas of design as well as visual arts, and at its very best, represented elegance, glamour, functionality, and modernity. 
Now, taking inspiration from this 20th Century’s most defining, glamorous, and exciting design movement, Britain’s Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents a selection of Phantom and Ghost family cars that celebrates the iconic Art Deco era. And, to pay homage to the 1925 Paris Exhibition or Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that originally gave the movement its name ‘art deco’, Rolls-Royce unveiled the highly bespoke Phantom Drophead Coupé, Phantom Saloon and Ghost models at the Paris Motor Show 2012.

These three art deco-inspired models come finished in period-correct color schemes and boasts details including mother of pearl and silver inlays and ornamental glassware.
Rolls-Royce Phantom

 Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars

With Art Deco-style geometric coachline pattern, Phantom Saloon boasts black and arctic white interior which hints at the movement’s visual language.

 Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars

Further, high fashioned stainless steel inlays in door cappings, rear picnic table and telephone drawer evokes the decorative style of the era.

 Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars

Rolls-Royce Ghost

 Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars

The elegant simplicity of Ghost is presented in two-tone, jubilee silver atop cobalto blue.

 Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

 Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars

And, the Phantom Drophead Coupé finished in resplendent mother of pearl inlays gracefully completes the show line-up.

 Rolls-Royce Art Deco Inspired Cars

Marking the launch of special collection of art deco-inspired cars, the automaker will also host a champagne reception on its stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, where you will also get to preview the design study of the McLaren P1, an ultimate supercar.
Via: Rolls-RoyceMotorCars

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