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 |  Aug 30 2012, 4:32 PM

F1 racer Sebastian Vettel is emerging as an on-screen presence, starting with movies, and now music videos in pop singer Melanie Fiona‘s latest music video.

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 |  Mar 14 2012, 6:31 PM

Car enthusiasts probably cringed during Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” video as the duo mangled a Maybach 57, but the joke seems to be on them now.

The irreverently-altered Maybach was supposed to bring between and estimated $100,000 and $150,000 at auction. That money was meant to go, at least in part, to the Save the Children Charity.

Unfortunately, as the audacious music stars learned, people don’t really like the idea of spending that kind of money on what amounts to a disfigured and outdated Maybach. The car earned $60,000 — an less than a quarter of its original value. While that’s chump change to own an ultra-exclusive Maybach (especially because the company is gone), it’s still a lot to pay for junk.

It’s too bad one of the music moguls didn’t just “give” it to the other as a memento of the video shoot. They could have collectively donated more to the charity without breaking much of a sweat. Heck it wasn’t so long ago that Birdman gave his brother and Lil Wayne Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Mulsanne respectively.

Nonetheless, Save the Children is probably grateful for whatever money it got, regardless of wasted potential. At least it still raised more than Justin Bieber‘s Hyundai Genesis, though even that is questionable considering the Hyundai sold for more than its original MSRP.

You can watch the music video after the break.

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 |  Feb 26 2012, 6:24 PM

Although Daimler has announced the discontinuation of the Maybach brand, young money ballers, shot-callers now have the opportunity to bid on what’s arguably the most notorious Maybach of all.

Starring in the Jay-Z and Kanye West “Otis” music video, the chopped “Mad Max” Maybach will be put on the block by auction house Phillips de Pury & Co. at the New York Contemporary Art Evening sale on March 8. All proceeds of the Maybach auction will be donated to Save the Children. Previously, this vehicle was also up for auction to benefit the victims of drought in East Africa.

Burning rubber in four-wheel drifts and spitting fire in the process, Rockafella’s insane whip is estimated to raise between $100,000 to $150,000. Considering Jay-Z and Kanye’s handiwork left us with half a car, it seems appropriate for its estimate to be half the value of a Maybach 57 when new.

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 |  Dec 27 2011, 2:45 PM

Many expectant parents prepare for the birth of their child by buying an SUV. So what’s rapper Jay-Z looking to buy to transport his little bundle of joy? An amored Dartz Prombron.

Built to withstand AK-47s, rocket launchers, screaming fans and pushy paparazzi, the Dartz is an amored SUV that offers plenty of protection. It even comes with a few stylish choices that make it feel less like a tank and more like a family vehicle.

The Dartz Prombron comes with ten interior treatments, which include snake, crocodile, whale, chameleon, or elephant skin, as well as a variety of carbon fiber or matte trims. To see everything around you, the Prombron comes equipped with eight cameras – so you can see impending missile strikes or photographers getting ready to take a shot.

Do you think Jay-Z is going a little overboard protecting his growing family or is he justified shopping for an amored SUV? Let us know in the comments section below.

[Source: Top Speed]


 |  Jul 21 2010, 4:51 PM

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler looks set to get a body colored hardtop, finally bringing it out of the last century, when it was still acceptable for vehicles to have unpainted body trim festooning the sheet metal.

Sharp-eyed photographers spotted the new Wranglers at the Toledo plant, during a story on the Jeep’s 70th birthday. We kind of liked the utilitarian black hardtop (or the contrasting tan available on previous generation Sahara models), but we’re sure Jay-Z will be cool with the matching paint.

[Source: Toledo Blade]