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 |  Jul 25 2011, 3:00 PM

Elliot Handler, the Mattel co-founder and inventor of Hot Wheels died on July 21 at age 95 of undisclosed causes. Handler also invented the Barbie doll with wife Ruth Handler and created Hot Wheels after searching for a product that would appeal to boys. Hot wheels debuted in 1968 with a line of candy-coloured hot rods, with special fast spinning wheels. Mattel says that 41 million kids have played with Hot Wheels cars for more than four decades.

Handler was born in April 9, 1916, the second of four sons in his family, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He met his future wife, Ruth Mosko, at a charity dance in 1932, and the couple married about five years later. Before Handler founded Mattel, he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army. Ruth Handler passed away in 2002, and,  survivors include Handler’s daughter,  his brother, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In the last few years, Mr. Handler lived a quiet life, renting out a studio space where he would often go to paint, his daughter said.

[Source: Washington Post]

 |  Sep 16 2009, 10:10 AM

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Move over Corvette, Barbie has a new ride.

German luxury tuner Mansory unveiled its latest and, quite possibly, most ludicrous vehicle to date at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. Called Vitesse Rosé, this completely reworked Bentley Continental GT Speed is most notable for it’s Barbie-pink paint. Or should we say matte-Barbie-pink.

While the pink paint is the most obvious, this Bentley Continental GT Speed also gets a complete Mansory aero kit including a new front bumper with wider openings, side skirts and a new rear bumper with a diffuser. There is also an exposed carbon fiber hood to drop a few pounds on the hefty Bentley, with a carbon rear lip out back that shows just a hint of carbon weave emerging from the paint.

Additional exterior details include the set of 21-inch wheels, but the real surprise is inside, where a pink and purple diamond stitched leather and Alcantara cockpit assaults the eyes.

If you’re life just wouldn’t be complete without owning this car then you’re in luck. The current model is spoken for but Mansory will build another one for 269,000 euros ($383,000) – plus the cost of a Bentley.

GALLERY: Mansory Vitesse Rosé

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 |  Sep 11 2009, 9:35 AM

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German luxury tuner Mansory is full of surprises. Just when you think the creative minds at Mansory might have reached the limits of excess by fitting a Murciélago exhaust to a Ferrari 599, painting an SLR in Matte gold or completely modifying a Bugatti Veyron, they do this. Called the Vitesse Rosé, this baby pink Bentley is a perfect Barbie-mobile.

While the pink paint is the most obvious, this Bentley Continental GT Speed also gets a complete Mansory aero kit including a new front bumper with wider openings, side skirts and a new rear bumper with a diffuser. There is also an exposed carbon fiber hood to drop a few pounds on the hefty Bentley, with a carbon rear lip out back.

Additional exterior details include the set of 21-inch wheels, but the real surprise is inside, where a pink and purple diamond stitched leather and Alcantara cockpit assaults the eyes.

Mansory will debut this Vitesse Rosé for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week. The car will be available in a limited edition for a price of 269,000 euros ($383,000).

GALLERY: Mansory Vitesse Rosé

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 |  Mar 10 2009, 11:04 AM

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Real Life Barbie: Heidi Klum poses with VW’s Barbie-themed New Bettle Convertible

Looking like something from the Hot Import Night’s show circuit, Volkswagen rolled out a hot pink New Beetle Convertible to help celebrate Barbie’s 50th birthday.

Made with the help of ABD Racing Werks, Katzkin Leather and FoamMolder, the convertible features a custom white leather interior and white leather roof as well as pink quilted interior details. As for the trunk, it features a motorized vanity with plenty of mirrors and rhinestones. Even the engine bay has been updated with a hot pink engine cover and a pink dipstick.

The car sat just next to the “Pink Carpet” at Barbie’s real-life Malibu Dream House, a 3,500 square foot home in Malibu, where Mattel threw birthday party with plenty of celebrity guests – Heidi Klum included.

GALLERY: Barbie New Beetle Convertible

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