Amelia Island 2020

Dune buggy from 'The Thomas Crown Affair' sells for $456,000

This dune buggy was driven by Steve McQueen in the cinematic classic "The Thomas Crown Affair".

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When the gavel fell on Lot 119 on Saturday afternoon, a piece of cinematic history was claimed by new owners. Bonham's auctioned off the 1967/68 Con-Ferr Meyers Manx Dune Buggy from the classic movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" to the highest bidder during the company's annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance auction.

Before it was driven around by Hollywood heartthrob and noted automotive enthusiast Steve McQueen, the car was specially built for the movie. It's an authentic Meyers Manx complete with a modified Volkswagen floor plan, chassis, and suspension. The exterior was been thoroughly customized for the movie by Con-Ferr as were the interior, exhaust, and wheels (American Racing Wheels). The seat frames are from a Datsun Fair Lady.

Thomas Crown Affair 1968 dune buggy Actors Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen ride in a dune buggy in a scene from the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" which was released on June 19, 1968. Photo by Getty Images

The car is powered by a 2,683 cc lat six-cylinder Chevrolet Corvair engine and gets over 140 bhp. That's well over the 40-125 bhp generally gotten from the traditional air-cooled Volkswagen flat-fours in the dune buggies at the time.

Originally, the script called for Crown to be driving a Jeep but McQueen nixed that idea after allegedly seeing the original Meyers Manx on the cover of a 1966 issue of "Hot Rod" magazine and thought it would be more his character's style.

As part of the car's listing, Bonham's described McQueen's affinity of the little car:

In a period documentary about the making of the film, McQueen told the story of the one-off dune buggy that so clearly demonstrated his love of cars and his driving ability: "Crown lives at the beach, and he has a sand dune buggy. I helped 'em design it, so I'm kinda proud of that. It's set on a Volkswagen chassis, with big ol' wide weenies, big wide tires on mag wheels, Corvair engine stuffed in the back...It's very light, you know. It's pulling about 230 horses, and the vehicle weighs about 1,000 pounds."

The car appears in a pivotal scene in "The Thomas Crown Affair" where McQueen and co-star Faye Dunaway take on sand dunes in the car. McQueen did all the driving for the film.

Post-production, the car lead a less exciting life, spending much of its time driving around Hawaii, living the beach life it was built for. For nearly two decades it sat in a warehouse then it was purchased, disassembled, and restored with concours-level precision.

Lot 119 sold for $456,000 including the premium.

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The Ford Explorer Timberline joins the 2021 Explorer King Ranch as a new model for 2021.

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Following in the footsteps of the Raptor and Tremor versions of Ford trucks, the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline debuts with a host of new equipment designed to make the popular SUV a more capable off-roader. Like what Subaru is doing with its Wilderness packaging, Ford will carry over the Timberland trimmings to multiple models.

"Ford is delivering on more capable SUVs with Timberline. Consumer data has shown us that now more than ever, customers want to get outside and explore nature with friends and family," said Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas & International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company. "Timberline hits a new sweet spot with these customers who want an ideal combination of passenger space, moderate off-road capability and great manners around town."

The Explorer Timberline has a new Forged Green Metallic exterior color. It has a blackout treatment on the headlights and taillamps, as well as the Ford oval. Timberline badges feature on the C-pillars and lift gate. Red Ember tow hoods are at the front and rated at 150 percent gross vehicle weight.

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline

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LED fog lamps, a Carbonized Gray grille, and dealer-installed Ford Performance auxiliary lights with a 160,000-candelas output come on the vehicle.

The 2021 Explorer Timberline comes standard with four-wheel drive with torque vectoring technology that works to distribute the right amount of torque to each wheel. It also has a Torsen limited slip rear differential, which helps prevent wheel spin.

Ford's Terrain Management System is also standard, allowing drivers to select between seven drive modes depending on road conditions. The Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport have a similar system. Hill Descent Control is also standard.

Steel skid plates line the front and rear underbody of the vehicle protecting the engine and transmission. Ford has given the model a 0.8-inch ride height increase and heavy-duty shocks that were originally developed for the Explorer Police Interceptor. Steering calibration, stabilizer bars and springs are specially tuned for Timberline – including an exclusive front rebound spring that helps prevent sudden jarring off-road.

The new Explorer has an approach angle of 23.5 degrees and maximum departure angle of 23.7 degrees, plus minimum ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

The rig rides on high-sidewall Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R-18 all-terrain tires with a tread pattern designed to balance off-road traction and on-road quietness. The shoes are wrapped around high-gloss painted aluminum wheels that feature a laser-etched Timberline logo.

Explorer Timberline is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

For customers who need to tow RVs, ATVs and boats to their adventures, the standard Class III Trailer Tow Package brings 5,300 pounds of towing capability.

The interior sports a Deep Cypress color way that is matched with an Ebony headliner, overhead console, pillar trim, grab handles, visors, and moonroof shade. The instrument panel has a Stone Mesh appliqué while other colors feature elsewhere. Satin Silver Twilight is on the center stack, steering wheel bezel and door armrest trim; Deep Cypress on door trim panel inserts; Deep Tangerine stitching on the seats, steering wheel and door trim; and Timberline logos on the front seats.

Rubber floor liners are standard and ActiveX cloth seats inserts are designed to be cleaned easily and keep bottoms in place on rough terrain.

Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 and Co-Pilot360 Assist+ technology features that include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist and voice-activated touch screen navigation. A 360-degree camera also comes on the model.

Buyers can choose three Outfitters packages – Outfitters SkyBox, Outfitters MegaWarrior and Outfitters FrontLoader. All three packages combine all-weather floor mats, crossbars and the selected Yakima rooftop accessories for customers to take even more equipment with them on their next adventure.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is available to order now and arrives at Ford dealers this summer joining the Explorer King Ranch and new Platinum grades in the company's lineup.

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Subaru has teamed up with Sleepypod to create a series of pet accessories.

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Subaru loves pets. That's evident from the multiple pet-centric fundraisers and adoption events that the company hosts throughout the year as part of its core Love Promise, which focuses charitable efforts and company goals on a number of core areas including Subaru Loves the Earth, Subaru Loves Learning, and Subaru Loves Pets.

The company today announced the launch of a new line of pet accessories that are designed to keep pets comfortable in their vehicles. The 11-item line features unique items equipped for Subaru vehicles that ensure that owners can take their best friends and goodest boys and girls on road trips and remain protected.

Subaru Sleepypod cat holder Subaru and Sleepypod worked together on a number of the accessories.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

"Protecting pets is a key component of our Subaru Loves Pets commitment, and that includes protecting pets on the road," said Joe Daugherty, Director – Accessories, Subaru of America, Inc. "At Subaru, we know that pets are part of the family, and as our owners head out for warmer weather adventures with furry friends in tow, we want to keep them safe and comfortable for the ride."

The pet-friendly gear and accessories were designed using state-of-the-art technology. The roster of items for sale includes:

  • Pet-Friendly Padded Cargo Liner ($249.95)
  • Console Lid Protector ($49.95)
  • Collapsible Pet Kennel ($159.00- $179.99)
  • Pet-Friendly Padded Seat Protector ($229.95)
  • Pet Ramp ($299.95)
  • Sleepypod Pet Harness ($74.99- $94.99)
  • Sleepypod Pet Carrier and Mobile Pet Bed ($199.99)
  • Sleepypod Pet Travel Bowl ($29.99- $39.99)
  • Seat Cover - Rear ($199.00)
  • Rear Bumper Protector Mat ($69.95)
  • Pet Lover License Plate Frames ($34.95)
All prices are for the accessories as placed in the Subaru Forester. Cost may vary by vehicle.

"Sleepypod carriers and car harnesses are packed with proprietary technology that is the result of an intensive engineering effort by Sleepypod's design team to help keep pets safer when traveling in cars," said Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and lead product designer. "The launch by Subaru of a new pet accessories line is a tremendous demonstration of their dedication to the well-being of pets."

The accessories are now available for purchase at Subaru Parts Online and at Subaru retailers nationwide.

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