Classic Cars

Coldplay's Guy Berryman shows the classic cars he drives, shares passion for restoration

Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman has a passion for collecting and restoring classic cars.

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Classic car enthusiasts come from all walks of life. Often, they have one brand, a decade of models, or a particular designer that they fancy. Most have names that don't leap off the page. Guy Berryman is one of those. However, to fans of the band Coldplay, his name is very recognizable.

Berryman is one-fourth of the band, playing bass as Chris Martin takes center stage and most of the headlines. Away from the stage, Berryman has another passion - collecting and restoring classic sports cars. He's also the creative director of "The Road Rat", an automotive quarterly.

Guy Berryman Porsche collection The two models Berryman shows off here are rare models that have been restored.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

In a recent interview with Porsche, Berryman told how, growing up in Scotland in the 1980s, he could frequently be found behind the wheel of his father's Triumph TR3A as it sat in a cobweb-filled garage. That car sparked what would evolve into a full-blown passion for automobiles.

Before Coldplay hit it big, Berryman was a mechanical engineering student at University College London. During a tour of his collection at his home in the Cotswolds, Berryman told Porsche, "My interest in cars fundamentally lies with the engineering and concepts behind them ... All of the cars in my collection have something significant beneath the surface. I'm a great believer in the idea of form following function, and it's something that works for me across a range of different fields. Whether its industrial design, clothing or cars, if you follow that mantra you always end up with real purity."

Berryman's collection isn't filled with rough Italian muscle or elegant Scandinavian horsepower. His favorites are mid-20th century European exotics. "I think there was a design language in the 1950s and 60s that had a very beautiful, sculptural quality to it as a result of things being drawn by hand," he said. "Back in the 60s I think there was a real flamboyance, spirit, and energy in automotive design that resulted in these very pure forms."

Guy Berryman's Porsche 356 Zagato

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Storing them in the garage is only part of his fun. Berryman has a workshop on-site where models are able to be restored. It's full of projects in various states of repair. "My interest in being hands-on, in pulling cars apart and rebuilding them, has an obvious connection to my past in mechanical engineering. I'm fascinated by learning, deconstructing – I think everything I do in life creatively involves looking at an object and deconstructing it, either mentally or physically. It's how my brain works," he said.

For Berryman, it's more than just fixing a vehicle. He often finds himself deep in the details of the car, unraveling its history, contacting previous owners, and venturing into the archives. "I go to great lengths to restore cars in a way that is true to how they would have left the factory – replicating materials, finishes and colours – often details you would never see, such as inside a panel or door. Anything that is found during disassembly has to be preserved or recreated when the car is put back together," he told Porsche.

Berryman owns five classic Porsches. The company detailed them as part of the interview:

"An immaculately restored 1967 911S shares garage space with a 914/6 converted to GT specification and a totally original 911 from 1968 that once belonged to Porsche modifier and founder of Rennenhaus, Clay Grady. Grady's battle-worn 914 racer is also in Berryman's possession, as is an ultra-rare 356 Zagato, one of nine continuation cars built to the drawings of the little-known one-off 1958 racer."

"It's a great car," Berryman says, describing the 914. "It's light as a feather and so open. And it's the car that has given me the greatest road trip of my life so far. I picked it up from Zagato in Milan with my friend Magne Furuholmen from A-ha and drove it up through the lakes, across to Chamonix and all the way down the Alps to Nice. We drove through the most inclement weather you could possibly imagine. There were lightning storms and visibility was down to about four metres on these twisty alpine roads. People in modern cars had decided it was unsafe to carry on but we had to get to Nice by a certain time so we ploughed on in these bright yellow raincoats with the car filling up with water. Each night when we got to the hotel we'd have to ask for a bucket to scoop the water out of the car."

Despite being into the classics, Berryman sees value in the direction motoring is headed - specifically electrification.

"I don't think people drive their cars enough," he said, "which is a shame from a personal and cultural point of view. When there really is a full stop on the combustion age we'll see classic cars in context and appreciate them all the more. The move to electrification day-to-day is great, and the Taycan is definitely on my radar as a daily driver, but whenever I drive down the street in a classic car, it only ever generates smiles. The lives these cars have led. The stories they can tell. They're irreplaceable."

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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