It’s transport mode mayhem in this week’s edition of the world’s coolest gadgets and things you’ll just die to throw money at. And with good reason too as this week sees Steve McQueen’s last ever Porsche going up for auction, a flying car, an $87M super yacht and an old Yamaha given the Italian touch. Take it. Take it all.
#1 Steve McQueen Final Porsche Turbo 930
Before the late style icon passed away, he had in his possession one particular car – the final ride he commissioned before his untimely passing. The 1976 Porsche Turbo 930 will fall into the hands of one lucky owner come 13-15 of August at the Mecum Daytime Auction.
It comes in custom Slate Grey and a special dashboard switch which turns off the taillights in case of a hot pursuit. The original engine blueprint is also there, with a turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six cranking out 234hp. Expect to drop some serious coinage on this one.
#2 Terrafugia TFX Flying Car
This whole flying car business isn’t going to stop anytime soon so we may as well jump on the bandwagon and present to you the flying hybrid plug-in known as the TF-X. In concept form, the craft can take off and land vertically (good for tricky parking spots) and carry four passengers in comfort. Speed is also tapped at 320km/h with a non-stop flight range of 804km.
The company reckons it can teach drivers/flyers how to operate the craft in just five hours. This includes learning how to deploy the wings and power the propellers. Now the bad news: the Terrafugia TF-X will be another 8-12 years away in development. But there is a cool rendered video to watch.
#3 Silver Fast Super Yacht
What does $87M buy you? One of the world’s most extravagant cruisers that makes the Hilton look like child’s play. The floating mansion features a helipad, a glass-fronted jacuzzi, an indoor/outdoor dining area with sliding glass panels, and a dedicated spa in a sleek profile. So what’s the ‘fast’ part about it?
It’s all in the construction, with the yacht holding the record as the largest, fastest aluminium motor yacht ever built with conventional propulsion. The top speed you can expect form the craft is 27 knots with a cruising speed of 22 knots. Highlights of the design include a shallow profile which allows it to access cavernous waters which similar sized yachts cannot. Accommodation is for up to 18 lucky bastards spread across eight cabins. And it also has gull wing doors.
#4 Auto Fabrica Type 6
Just like a bike restorer’s dirty dream, the Auto Fabrica Type 6 will have enthusiasts believing anything is possible with an old set of wheels. What you see before you is an aged Yamaha XS650 completely overhauled by Italy’s Auto Fabrica group.
It’s low, sleek, finished in chrome and aluminium and features some stunning minimalist design cues with swooping custom parts. Stand out you shall.
#5 Lithe Clock
Clocks are boring, you say. Well not this one. Studio Ve’s wall mounted Lithe Clock features a thin flexible minute counter and an hour hand made of steel wire. As time ticks away, the hands sweep and swoosh across the cool clock face. Think a ballerina trapped in time and you’re pretty much on the dot.
#6 Light Equilibrium Bookcase By Malagana
Book cases are boring, you say. Didn’t you learn from the above? The new Light Equilibrium Bookcase has a minimal and refined appearance which changes the way conventional furniture pieces are meant to look – in this case stacked up and toppling over. They also require no tools to assemble, making it perfect for those who take two weeks to build an Ikea table.