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Aston Martin Pastel Collection is the result of over a year of collaboration with Q

Aston Martin's Q bespoke division has created give unique models.

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Five special edition super luxury cars make up the new Aston Martin Pastel Collection. Each model is a result of over a year of collaboration between Aston Martin Newport Beach and Q, the bespoke division of the parent company.

The Pastel Collection is made up of a Vantage Coupe wearing an Ultra Violet paint job, a Cardamom Violet Vantage Roadster, and Aston's DB11 Coupe and Roadster swathed in Butterfly Teal and Clear Water, respectively. Aston Martin Q also designed a Vibrant Coral DBX.

The Vantage Roadster is a relatively new addition to the Aston Martin lineup. It debuted last year bringing top down driving enjoyment to one of Aston's most beloved vehicles.

Last July, the first DBX rolled off the company's production line in Wales. The model is Aston's first SUV and was developed to not be a performance or elegance compromise.

Late last year, Aston Martin announced a partnership with renowned architect David Adjaye to create five homes within the 130 William condo complex in New York City. Additionally, Adjaye worked with the automaker to create a 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX, which is included with each residence purchase.

The 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX marks the first time that Aston Martin has collaborated with an architect on the custom fit out of one of their signature vehicles. The DBX features a number of 130 William-related features including an Aston Martin-first, real stone accents, with Grey "Pietra D'Avola" marble inlays matched with Satin Walnut wood.

Aston Martin's hand-stitched leather has Parliament Green trim and the steering wheel matches the walls of the simulator room option. There's also carved solid walnut trim, with Q by Aston Martin Parliament Green leatherwork and details in bronze, black anodized aluminium and real stone.

In addition to the Pastel Collection and the 130 William Adjaye Special Edition, Q has also recently created two James Bond-themed Vantage and DBS Superleggera models and customized a DBX to reveal its dark side.

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Rare V8 roadster

This BMW Z8 is worth its price tag

The BMW Z8 is a modern classic.

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We could spend all day bemoaning car auctions' impact on vehicle pricing. Sites like Bring a Trailer and Cars and Bids invite frenzied buyers to offer wild sums of money for cars that might otherwise be considered ordinary. Some vehicles on those sites, however, are worth the coin, and we think this 2001 BMW Z8 is one of them. The 22,000-mile car's auction is almost over at the time of this post, and its sky-high price tag is actually warranted. The BMW Z8 is exceedingly rare to begin with, but this car's color combination of black over tan leather makes it even more of a unicorn, as only 229 were made in that combination.


BMW Z8 The Z8 took inspiration from BMW's classic roadsters.Bring a Trailer


Even the car's designer is noteworthy. Though he may be focusing on his own electric vehicle brand now, Henrik Fisker's 12-year run at BMW was the stuff of legend. Fisker's work included the design for the Z8, as well as contributions of the original X5 SUV, which is now part of an expansive BMW SUV and crossover lineup.

The Z8 reached legend status when it shuttled Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in The World Is Not Enough, but the cars were (and are) worthy of standing on their own. Under the hood, BMW installed a 394-horsepower 4.9-liter V8, which gave the car a claimed 0-62 mph time of just 4.2 seconds. That power reached the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, and this car has had maintenance performed to keep the drivetrain purring for years to come.


2001 BMW Z8 This Z8's color combination makes it exceedingly rare.Bring a Trailer


If you're wondering where this Z8's current bid price of $162,500 lands on the car's overall value spectrum, there's some good news, depending on how you view spending six figures on a car. Hagerty estimates that a Z8 in good condition should draw around $155,000, while a car in excellent condition should get $199,000. This car's mileage and condition match up with its price, which falls on the lower end of that range, and should allow it to be an actual driver for the right person. After all, what's the fun of buying a car just for display?

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

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A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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