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Heirloom Week: Automobile Edition

  • Kempt Staff

Jaguar

Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations, gathering its own uniquely handsome patina and lived-in warmth along the way. But before all that, it started out shiny and new in some factory or on some store shelf. And since there are still a few companies out there making stuff that looks timeless and will last longer than you, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Yesterday we began with watches. Today we’re looking at cars...

Herewith, the five new cars to buy today, that will be heirlooms tomorrow...»

Lada Kravchenko Is Working on an Interesting Tan

Positively 4th Street: Would you like to see Bob Dylan stare uncomfortably at a camera for 66 seconds? If so, this Andy Warhol test shot is for you. [Open Culture]

The Long Road: Twenty-nine great pictures from the Iditarod, which finished up earlier this week. [The Big Picture]

Sometimes the Old Ways Are Best: Jaguar is letting its ’50s-era racing models back out onto the track for heritage races. File under: beautiful cars, moving quickly. [Driven]

The High Board: And in the name of promoting Red Bull, some brave soul took a skydive from 71,580 feet up—high enough to see the curvature of the earth. [WBE]

Klara Wester Is Handing Out Anonymous Puffs

Klara Westervia WBE

The Breakdown: The designers and shop-owners of the world strike back against that “how much a shirt costs” breakdown you may have seen. [Well Spent]

Tearing Up the Yellow Brick Road: Elton John owns a cherry red 1965 Jaguar E-Type. So naturally, Driven wasn’t going to rest until they had a few pictures. [Driven]

I Hope You’re Flexible: There’s a new edition of the Kama Sutra bound for shelves, and the cover is... interesting. [Creative Review]

Northern Sole: A heartfelt case for buying good British shoes—in case you needed any extra encouragement. [Permanent Style]

Miranda Kerr is a Married Woman

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The Tweet Science: This amazing web widget shows what Twitter was doing at every point in every World Cup game. Except for when it was down. [The Guardian]

Think Big: Among Manute Bol’s myriad accomplishments: inventing the phrase “my bad.” He will be missed. [Boing Boing]

File Under “Things We Will Never Own”: This rare Jaguar D-type is among the coolest things we’ve ever seen. [Luxist]

I Don’t Know How That Copy of Playgirl Got There: A behind-the-scenes look at Nightmare on Elm Street 2, long known as the Moby Dick of unintentional homoeroticism. You’ve never seen a more sheepish documentary. [Four Four]

McQueen's Machine

  • Jared Paul Stern

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Buried among the multimillion dollar Ferraris, Bugattis and Lamborghinis at this past weekend's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Gooding & Co.'s concurrent auction was a little piece of automotive history belonging to one Steve McQueen..

The King of Cool's 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera (above), in an understated shade of slate gray, was the car the actor drove daily for the last years of his tragically short life. While nothing like his older Jaguar XK-SS and Ferrari 250 Lusso, both of which sold for millions in years past, the Porsche—which was hammered down for a measly $137,000—is somehow a more authentic, poignant relic of the once and future King.

McQueen's Machines

  • Jared Paul Stern

Steve McQueen

Sixties star Steve McQueen's rugged sportiness, authenticity and innate good taste are such that the likes of Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors have built whole collections around his stylistic legacy (yes, he's the reason you're wearing that shawl-collared sweater).

They and other fashion folk routinely pore over photos of the “King of Cool” for inspiration. And while a superb new book of pix—*McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon*—focuses

mainly on his automotive pursuits, they were such a major part of the actor's panache this one's no doubt destined for designers' libraries as well.

More McQueen and his machines »