Luxury Lifestyle

Sutton Bespoke creates super-luxury version of the classic British black cab

The Sutton VIP Class LEVC takes incognito luxury travel up a notch.

Photos courtesy of Sutton Bespoke

When you can travel to England again, you might want to consider traveling in style in this discreet black cab. Though it is likely to blend in with much of the classic cab landscape, Sutton Bespoke has taken the cab from traditional to super-luxurious with some key modifications.

Known as the Sutton VIP Class LEVC, the taxi is based on the heralded LEVC TX platform. It's a next-gen, low-emissions black cab, which means that it can operate in London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone without having to pay a pollution tax.

Sutton VIP Class LEVC exterior doors The black cab looks relatively traditional on the outside, but the interior is unique.Photos courtesy of Sutton Bespoke

The Sutton VIP Class LEVC taxi has an interior that has been completely redesigned from the traditional black cab setup. Its rear seats are angled for comfort and covered in Sandalwood leather with Alcantara trim. Instead of rubber flooring, the cab features high-quality thick-pile carpet. Hand-crafted wood veneers adorn the door trims.

Above the passengers' heads is a panoramic roof. Ambient lighting can be changed to the color of the passengers' choosing.

Just because it's functional doesn't mean that the cab is lacking high-tech features. It includes haptic climate controls, an upgraded stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity, a TV tuner with Apple TV, and a Sony PS4 games console. Between the rear passengers there is an armrest complete with cupholders, and behind that a refrigerator.

Sutton VIP Class LEVC interior driver The interior of the vehicle is adorned with Alcantara.Photos courtesy of Sutton Bespoke

Driver and passengers are separated by a retractable screen. A fully electrically adjustable leather seat and a state-of-the-art digital instrument cluster ensure the driver remains comfortable during prolonged stints at the wheel. Soft-close doors can also be specified.

A subtle two-tone paint job has been applied to the exterior of the model. It features the iconic black taxi paint for the lower portions and Ferrari's Grigio Silverstone above.

Sutton VIP Class LEVC interior doors Doors open wide and seating is at an angle for additional comfort.Photos courtesy of Sutton Bespoke

The taxi sign on the roof will remain to preserve the iconic silhouette of the vehicle, albeit with the 'TAXI' lettering replaced by 'VIP'. The price of the vehicle will be in the region of £100,000 (excl. VAT) for business buyers, or £120,000 incl. VAT for private buyers.

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A new run of Jaguar XK engines is available.

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Jaguar Classic is making a new, authentic 3.8-liter engine for the Jaguar sedans and sports cars. The engine was originally fitted to Jaguar models sold in the 1950s and 1960s. This is the first time in 50 years that brand-new XK engines are available.

The new engine line was created to the exact, original specifications with the guidance of Jaguar engineers. It is a direct replacement for the 3.8-liter six-cylinder units originally fitted to the Jaguar XK150, XK150 S, MkIX, Mk2, MkX, E-Type Series 1 and S-Type.

Jaguar Classic XK engine Buyers can buy a replacement engine for their classic car.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Many of these models are desirable classic cars, including the Jaguar D-Type, XK120, and E-Type all recently were voted onto the list of the best British classic cars.

The new engine replaces cylinder block casting numbers C16020, C17567, C17200/1, C19292, C19983, C22290, C20012, and C22250.

To qualify to get an engine, Jaguar Classic requires that the owner of a vehicle must confirm proof of vehicle ownership. Customers can choose to retain the serial number from their original engine block, which will be stamped on the new casting with a an additional asterisk denoting the new block is a replacement item. Alternatively, the new block can be stamped with a new unique serial number.

Last year at SEMA, Jaguar Classic announced that it was reintroducing the original E-Type toolkit after a 50-year hiatus. The owner's toolkit was originally ordered with Series 1 and Series 2 E-type sports cars but hasn't been available since the Series 2 went out of production in 1971. The E-Type toolkit and other parts can be purchased from the recently-launched Jaguar Land Rover Classic online parts shop.

Jaguar Classic XK engine The six-cylinder engine is a faithful replication of the original.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

The new 3.8-liter Jaguar XK engine blocks are priced at £14,340 each (approximately $17,914) and come with a minimum 12 months Jaguar parts and accessories warranty and certificate of authenticity, exclusively from Jaguar Classic.

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Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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