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Sea Bird: A Sub of One’s Own

Ppersonal submersibles are quickly becoming standard tenders in the luxury yachting world. The following manufacturers offer submersibles of various styles and capabilities.   OCEAN PEARL: SEAmagine’s two-person submersible, designed specifically for use as a tender on a luxury yacht, looks a bit like a pontoon-equipped helicopter that lost its rotors. Priced from $1.3 million to […]

Barn Burners

  Valentine Reyes unlocked the massive rolling doors, shoved them open, and smiled. “There are a lot of memories in here,” he said. Once my eyes adjusted to the light, I blinked. Spread out before us was what could be called the world’s greatest barn find—or, to be more precise, warehouse find—comprising nearly two dozen […]

Car of the Year 2009: No. 13: Iconic GTR Roadster

Broken Dreams In this era of cookie-cutter prefabrication, designer-dreamer Claudio Ballard deserves plaudits for creating a car that is hand- and purpose-built right down to its gauge needles and start button. The Iconic’s silhouette resembles that of the Shelby Cobra (a truly iconic car), revealing Ballard’s respect for the past, not his proclivity for plagiarism. […]

Car of the Year 2009: No. 12: Smart ForTwo

Boxcar Willies The Mercedes-developed Smart is cute, can be parked sideways in Paris (but not in Beverly Hills), and costs about the same as (and gets better gas mileage than) a Volkswagen Beetle. And for making pizza deliveries, solo runs to the store, or commutes between your midtown loft and downtown office, this vehicle has […]

Car of the Year 2009: No. 3: BMW M3

Shifting Gearboxes The BMW M3 is the dark horse that almost took this year’s title. None of our judges expected the top-level 3 Series to blow them away with its perfectly balanced combination of engine performance, handling prowess, and what can only be described as the best automated shifter on the planet. BMW’s long-reviled sequential […]

Car of the Year 2009: No. 11: Bentley Brooklands

No Apologies The Bentley Brooklands is heavier than vehicles that deliver refrigerators, costs more than most small businesses, is big enough to overflow any carport, and contains no iPod jacks, paddle-shifting, keyless ignition, or similar modernisms. It may be one of the last behemoths, the cars with cavernous interiors in which you are coddled, not […]

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