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Most of the time when a celebrity has something to do with cars, it means there’s a specialty line being made, like a Funkmaster Flex edition Ford Explorer – ugh! This wasn’t one of those cases. Bieber decided to sign the car’s dashboard in silver pen ink and set it up for sale on Ebay. The goal? Raising money for a good cause.
The cause in question? Well, the young lad wanted to fix up the skate park in his home town of Stratford, Ontario up in Canada. It didn’t look like the car would actually bring in the minimum bid he had hoped for, but at the last minute someone swooped in to scoop the car up, though we don’t know who.
Don’t be surprised if it shows up on an upcoming episode of something like MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 series. There really aren’t too many people willing to drop that much cash on a car that starts at $22,250 aside from a one percenter with a spoiled 15-year-old who’s crushing on the Biebs.
[Source: CTV News]
For the honor of owning the very first Fisker Karma available in the UK, one lucky bidder paid £140,000 (that’s US$220,680). And yes, while you may think it’s an excessive price, you’ll be happy to hear that the money went to charity.
Selling for over double its market value, the Karma is an extended range electric vehicle and this one was the main attraction at the 2011 Pratham UK Gala. This Karma also comes with a plaque signed by Henrik Fisker, the CEO and Co-Founder of Fisker Automotive.
Developed to be driven anywhere in the world, this EV is the only luxury sedan that meets future fuel consumption and emission requirements. Making it even cooler is the fact that it comes in two drive modes: Stealth and Sport. When you’re in Stealth Mode, the Karma is able to maximize its battery before activating the gasoline engine-driven generator. In Stealth Mode, you can go from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.9 seconds while reaching a top speed of 95 mph (153 km/h). Switch it to Sport Mode and the gasoline engine lets you go from zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, with a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).
The money raised by the sale of the Karma goes to Pratham UK, an overseas chapter of the children’s charity founded in Mumbai by UNICEF in 1994, which has helped over 36 million Indian children through its literacy campaign.
Sheryl Crow put her 1959 Mercedes convertible up for auction to raise funds for tornado-damaged schools in Joplin, Missouri, and netted the cause a total of $260,000.
The auction took place on August 22 and the couple who bought the white Mercedes 190SL convertible for $130,000 also received one of Crow’s Gibson guitars, two concert tickets and a photo opportunity with the singer.
The couple has chosen to remain anonymous with their generous bid of $130,000 roughly double that value of the classic Benz. Having sealed the deal, the couple then tossed on an additional $130,000 donation.
“I am so touched by the donor making this very generous contribution on my behalf to Joplin schools,” said Crow, who is a former teacher and a Missouri native.
The May 22 tornado devastated the area, killed 162 people, destroyed Joplin High School and two other schools. Losses totaled more than $150 million. Joplin High School reopened on August 17, but thousands of students are still taking their classes in temporary facilities.
The Blue Angels-themed Mustang GT, built specifically to be sold at a charity auction, fetched a total of $400,000, making up a good chunk of the total $2.2 million raised at the annual EAA AirVenture benefiting the Young Eagles program. The winner didn’t just get himself a wickedly-built blue chrome Mustang GT either. He (or she) also got a Blue Angels flight helmet autographed by all the members of the current team.
The completed Mustang GT features a blue chrome paint job done by Creations ‘n Chrome with hand painted stripes and graphics. The front end comes from a Boss 302 while the custom rear wing does a fantastic job paying homage to the aviation team. The set of HRE 590RS wheels looks right at home on the custom Ford, and gives the car a very classy touch.
On the inside, custom Recaro seats can be found sporting Alcantara fabric, yellow stripes and stitching. The steering wheel gets a similar theme while a trio of gauges can be spotted from the dash. The yellow stripes and stitching theme also continues on the door panels and floor mats, while a Boss 302 Laguna Seca rear seat delete is painted a custom painted yellow.
And to prove that Ford isn’t in the business of just building flashy vehicles with no go, the Blue Angels-themed Mustang would make even those fast-flying pilots proud. Under the hood is Ford Racing’s supercharger system with all the fumes being expelled out of a Ford Mustang exhaust. Ford Racing’s handling package was thrown on to enhance the suspension while braking is now perfect with a set of Brembo front brakes and Ford Racing’s brake ducts.
GALLERY: Blue Angels Ford Mustang GT
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
What happens when you combine two super cool things together? You get something like the Cadillac CTS-V choppers.
Created by the father-son team of Paul Teutel Sr. and Paul Teutel Jr., the Cadillac CTS-C chopper takes design elements from the Cadillac CTS-V car and low-lying bikes. The duo, who you may know from Discovery’s TV series American Chopper, wanted to bring the concept of the luxury sports coupe to the motorcycle, and as far as we can tell, they’ve succeeded.
Each member of the Teutel team brought a different vision for their bike. For Paul Jr.’s Cadillac CTS-C chopper, he put more emphasis on staying true to the style of the Cadillac CTS-V coupe car, while Paul Sr. focus was the V-twin engine on his motorcycle. On Paul Jr.’s bike, the use the black tail lights and the shape of back portion really stands out, and on Paul Sr.’s version, it takes on its own distinct styling. The common points on both bikes are the use of chrome trimmings and the black bodies.
Both bikes are set to be auctioned of for the Curing Duchenne charity ball. As for the popularity of the choppers, Paul Jr. is taking the lead, so this may mean it gets the higher price at auction. Bidding on the two bikes will continue until July 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM EST. You can pick your favorite on Discovery’s website.
Still got World Cup fever. What’s the cure? Take ride in a Hyundai football car and call us in the morning.
To celebrate their association with the 2010 Football World Cup, Hyundai UK commissioned two very special i10s – and now, one of them has been sold for £5005 (that’s about $7,808 U.S.) on eBay.
The football cars were designed by car artist Andy Saunders, which showcases grass bodywork (AstroTurf), a giant football on the roof and goal posts. The 09-plate 1.2-liter Hyundai i10 World Cup football car comes with seats that were trimmed in plastic grass coverings, while the dashboard is painted white to go along with the soccer theme. This particular model was one of two Hyundai i10s lent to Jeremy Clarkson for his 2009 video Duel (you can watch the video after the jump).
Proceeds of the sale will go to BEN, which is a UK automotive industry charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries, as well as their dependents.