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 |  May 02 2011, 3:11 PM

Flavio Briatore has quite an interesting past. Having been accused of fraud, which lead to jail time, only to re-emerge running a string of Formula-One teams, including the Benetton F1 and Renault F1 teams. He was then given a lifelong ban from the sport for trying to fix races.

Briatore was later exonerated from the charges and his ban was lifted, however he is still no longer a visible player in the world of Formula-One racing.

Briatore is also known to have lots of beautiful women around him, having dated Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum. He is now married to lingerie model Elisabetta Gregoraci.

In addition to these noteworthy accomplishments, Briatore is an avid car collector, but has decided to get rid of a 1994 Jaguar XJ220. This all black example has covered 22,000 km and recently went through an inspection and service. The car as a result now has a new fuel tank.

The car obviously has lots of “provenance” and may even come with a “wonderful patina” – to put it politely. But with XJ220s existing in such small numbers, this may be a good opportunity to pick one up, not to mention one with a colorful past.

[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Nov 04 2010, 3:57 PM

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One of the big stories at this year’s SEMA Show is the launch of Wraptivo by Meguiar’s. Essentially the car care experts at Meguiar’s have decided to make custom wrap jobs for your car more readily available. And with most folks preferring the wrap route (because it’s far cheaper and not permanent), others prefer to go all in.

That’s the case with the matte-grey Jaguar XJ220 we spied outside the SEMA convention center in Las Vegas. Thinking no one would have the audacity (or lack of concern for damaged resale value) to actually paint an XJ220 this color we had to ask to the folks from Specialty Car Craft who brought the Jaguar collectible to the show. A representative confirmed that it is in fact a paint job, and that its for sale, with the previous owner moving up to something even more exotic – because, you know, a 500+ horsepower twin-turbo V6 XJ220 isn’t enough. And apparently it’s not as the owner has already modified the engine to pump out over 700-hp.

As it turns out, the folks at Specialty Car Craft pride themselves on this sort of work; particularly on exotics and high-end luxury cars. Also on display by the company is a matte-black Rolls-Royce Phantom, a matte-green Lamborghini Murcielago and a matte-orange Lotus Exige.

GALLERY: Matte-Grey Jaguar XJ220

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 |  May 13 2010, 11:24 AM

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You may not be able to afford to get him the real thing this Father’s Day, but the next best thing is within your grasp – and your budget. Hot Wheels and Matchbox have the perfect present for the die-cast car collector in your life – say hello to the Speed Machines car collection.

Appealing to your husband’s inner child (but don’t expect him to share them or play nice with any of your kids), these 1:64 scale cars come in an assortment of luxury vehicle minis, such as the Ferrari 599XX, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi TTS, Corvette C6.R, Ferrari California, Porsche 914, Ford Shelby GR-1 and Jaguar XJ220. These ones cost a little bit more than their average counterparts, but they do come with much more accurate paint and detailing, as well as better wheels.

These Speed Machines should hit stores in mid-May – just in time for Father’s Day. Fun to play with, great to display and good on gas. Dad couldn’t ask for much more than that… except for another tacky tie and cool macaroni art placemat.

[Source: Autoblog]