The Elite Choice: A Trip to Mars
1967 Toyota 2000 GT
Aiming for the stars might be passé as Mars One is in the process of organising a trip to the red planet. At the moment, 78,000 applicants from over 120 countries have applied for the position of volunteers. However, registrations will close on August 31 after choosing four lucky applicants. Each of the candidates is required to submit a one minute video stating why they want to join the mission. The historic journey is scheduled for September 2022.
A hotel in a hotel? The concept has us charmed. The Nobu Hotel and Restaurant officially opened at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Designed by David Rockwell, the hotel features 181 rooms, Nobu restaurants – an amalgamation of eastern and western cuisine – and the signature Caesars Palace Spa. The grand opening was attended by 500 celebrities and VIP guests.
Watches make for fabulous accessories, but we all know that it is our mobile phones that really tell us the time. Furthering the concept, Bissol has created Caliber 788, a mechanical timepiece that attaches itself to the iPhone 5. The quartz-driven piece has been constructed in anodised aluminium to match the body of the phone and features five jewels. Its movements are directed by that of the moon.
The Winston Churchill Ride
It is said that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill garnered a liking for cars and Daimler DB18 was one of his favourites. The Drophead Coupe is now being auctioned by the German arm of eBay. Adding to its value is the fact that there are only 23 cars in production. The silver and black coupe is a product of Carlton Carriage Corporation. It boasts of a 4-speed Wilson pre-selector gearing system that worked with a Fluid Wheel. Bid for the ride currently stands at £470,000.
The Most Expensive Toyota
A Toyota that’s worth more than a Ferrari and a Porsche? Apparently, the vintage tag lends heavily to the cost. A 1967 Toyota 2000 GT recently sold at RM Auctions for the price of $1.2 million, creating a double record. In 2011, the same model fetched $650,000. To be fair, the car is the one of most technically advanced creations of its time. It had a dual overhead cam 2-litre 6-cylinder engine, fed by three Solex 2-barrel carburetors. It produced 150 horsepower at 7,000 r.p.m., while its top speed was known to be 135 miles an hour.