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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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Running back Dante Hall of the Texas A&M Aggies runs down the field during a game against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won the game 51-15.

Photo by Brian Bahr /Allsport

Whether you "gig 'em" or "hook 'em horns", there's a new license plate for you as part of the My Plates Great Plate Auction. The auction allows Texas football fans to exhibit their school pride using unique phrases that double as legal license plates with custom plates that span a variety of subjects from Star Wars to famous Porsche model numbers and favorite colors.

The auction sells each Texas state plate with a five-year term and each plate is legally transferrable. That means that the buyer can pass it on to a friend or family member. Christmas is coming.

This also means that the plates can be sold. Any future recipient gets the ongoing transfer rights.

The 50 plates being offered up include:

  • AAAAA
  • 23
  • PARDNER
  • TEXA5
  • YEE HAH
  • ART
  • 200
  • GREEN
  • LUCKY ME
  • DEVOTED
  • 911
  • BOXTER
  • QB
  • BEEVO
  • GIGEMM
  • 1999
  • AUS
  • PURE
  • 24
  • HOOPS
  • 1 MAVS
  • 1 SPUR
  • 55
  • UUUU
  • MARS
  • 1K
  • TEXIAN
  • TXUS
  • AMERICN
  • LIBERTY
  • 1960
  • CUSTOM
  • CHEVY 1
  • DODGE 1
  • DEMO
  • BOSTON
  • 60
  • TEJAS
  • NNNNN
  • EXPLORE
  • GURU
  • 80
  • HAN SOLO
  • AB
  • EEEE
  • IGNITE
  • HELLO
  • JJJJJJ
  • TXS
  • NORTH

All of the plates have an opening bid of just $500. A few have a reserve that is beyond that.

All of the plate messages offered in this auction have an opening bid of only $500, with only a few with a reserve beyond that price. Hence, on most plate messages, an opening bid could be the winning bid for that lot if no other bids are received.

The prices are expected to go way up from there. In 2013 the plate message 12THMAN sold for a Texas record of $115,000. HOUSTON sold for $25,000 in January 2013 and ALAMO sold for $10,250 in March 2016.

All plates are authorized for use by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

The My Plates Great Plate Auction will be online-only through October 21 and may be accessed via www.myplates.com/auction.

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The Outlierman is offering two new varieties of driving gloves

Photo courtesy of The Outlierman

The Outlierman, a Bologna, Italy-based accessories company, launched two new driving gloves. The perforated suede driving gloves and fingerless leather gloves are part of the Bad One collection.

"As every driving enthusiast knows, grip and feel are key ingredients of every great drive," says Andrea Mazzuca, founder of The Outlierman. "A car's tyres and steering provide those pleasures, but a good pair of driving gloves can heighten those sensations to another level and enhance every road trip no matter how long or short.

The Outlierman Aston Martin driving gloves The gloves allow for a good level of breathability.Photo courtesy of The Outlierman

Featuring black Nappa leather and red suede back, the perforated driving gloves are crafted in Italy. The suede back is meant to recall the interior of sports cars while the red is emblematic of the passion of racing. Leather perforation ensures a level of breathability.

Also handcrafted in Italy, the fingerless leather driving gloves are made of Nappa lamb skin. The gloves are slightly perforated to ensure breathability and feature what The Outlierman calls "bold traits for a unique style".

Buyers recieve their gloves in a handmade leather case that offers protection.

The Outlierman sells the gloves in a variety of sizes. Buyers can use the sizing tool on the company's website to ensure fit is proper.

Perforated leather driving gloves by The Outlierman

Photo courtesy of The Outlierman

The perforated suede driving gloves are priced at €280 and the fingerless leather driving gloves are priced at €220. They can be purchased at TheOutlierman.com.

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