David Brown Automotive's latest commissioned Speedback GT took 8,000 hours to build

This Speedback GT is the latest commission by the bespoke automaker.

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David Brown Automotive crafts unique, limited edition automobiles at their 18,000-square-foot home base in Silverstone, England. A Blue Moon-painted Speedback GT is their latest build. Before it heads to its home in Germany, David Brown Automotive has given a peek at the bespoke creation.

The Speedback GT has been a staple of the David Brown Automotive product lineup since 2013 when the company was launched. This particular model underwent an 8,000-hour build process to achieve its finished look.

David Brown Automotive created the entirely bespoke vehicle using a combination of handcrafted leathers, wood veneers, and bespoke brightware plating. It has a unique picnic seat feature and rides on 19-inch polished stainless steel wire wheels wrapped in David Brown-branded tires, a combination that is best for summer driving conditions. The wheels were developed in partnership with Avon Tyres. A set of bespoke Union Flag-inspired alloy wheels come with the model for winter weather driving.

David Brown Automotive Speedback GT

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The Speedback GT also has a black mesh satin grille and inset auxiliary LED lighting.

Inside the car's cabin, the are hand-crafted Elm Burr satin lacquered wood veneers and 'Tabak' tan leather upholstery. All of the brightware has been milled from solid billets of aluminum and then plated in nickel chrome.

The owner of the car has specified a custom drinks set that holds their preferred gin and tonic and two crystal highball glasses, along with a bespoke woollen picnic blanket. The set sits below the picnic seat, which extends from the rear like the one in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Each Speedback GT is a 1960s inspired grand tourer that is crafted on the Jaguar XK all-aluminum platform. The 5.0-liter V8 engine is also from Jaguar. It produces 601 brake horsepower and 565 pound-feet of torque.

According to Autocar, as of 2018, the price of a Speedback GT started at £520,000.00 GBP plus local taxes. The price of this particular model has not been publicly announced.

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

    Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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    Toyota is mobilizing, putting its money where its mouth is to help Texas affected by severe winter weather.

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    Winter Storm Uri impacted nearly every single one of Texas's 254 counties. North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged $1 million in relief for those affected by the storm. The aid is slated to serve both Toyota and Lexus customers and a variety of Texas-based non-profit organizations.

    Over 60 Texas counties were part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recent Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX). It is currently categorized as an active disaster.

    "We take our role as community leaders seriously, so when winter storms affected millions right in our back yard, our top priority became helping Texas get back on its feet after this ordeal," said Sean Suggs, group vice president of Social Innovation, TMNA. "Texans have supported our company in myriad ways, and we want to help our neighbors emerge from this storm stronger than ever."

    The $1 million relief effort includes:

    North Texas/DFW Metroplex

    • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in support of North Texas Cares and West Dallas nonprofits to quickly distribute funds to grassroots organizations: $450,000
    • North Texas Food Bank: $100,000
    • The Family Place and Genesis Women's Shelter to fund hotel rooms, food, and transportation for their clients: $30,000
    • Toyota employees will be able to support the needs of four North Texas community partners significantly impacted by the storms by purchasing items from their Amazon Wish Lists.

    San Antonio

    • SAWS Community Pipe Repair Fund, through the San Antonio Area Foundation to assist individuals and families stay in their homes safely with funds for plumbing repairs: $100,000
    • Let's Help SA Fund to provide food, water and shelter: $200,000


    • United Way of Greater Houston to support the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund that supports local home repairs: $50,000
    • Houston Food Bank: $50,000
    • CrowdSource Rescue to provide food, water and fuel: $20,000

    Additionally, Toyota will match up to $10,000 in individual employee contributions to nonprofit organizations recovering from the storm.

    Toyota and Lexus Financial Services customers who are looking for loan and lease payment relief, and were impacted by the storm, may be able to receive assistance under a new Toyota program that has a variety of options for clients.

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