They might have been the butt of a few jokes in the past, but it’s the owners of bubble cars who are laughing now – with big prices being commanded for these now-classic vehicles. And that should include the Messerschmitt KR200 bubble car now being auctioned on eBay.
Originally dating back to 1960, it’s recently had a full restoration (rebuilt engine, new bodywork and new lights to fit with modern MOT standards), but still packs just a 191cc engine – so don’t buy if you do a lot of motorway driving. Saying that, if you fancy taking it out and about round the streets of your town, you don’t need to worry about running up the mileage – it’s clocked just 800 miles.
All that comes at a price – right now it’s at £6,100 with 8 days to go. And the reserve has yet to be met.
Find out more and see more images at the eBay website
Remember the floppy disk coasters from Supermandolini? Well, the company also has these rather smart Scalextric-style coasters for sale too.
Officially known as Golden Track coasters (due to the colour I would imagine), they come in a set of six, each with a gloss finish and foam base and sized at 9cm x 9cm. But best of all, they all fit together to create a mini track on your table. Just find a toy car and watch the minutes fly by!
You can pick up a set for 27 Euros.
Find out more at the Supermandolini website
Yesterday we mentioned the Pan Am limited edition 1950s Hawaiian vanity cases, produced as part of the company’s 80th anniversary. Well, there’s something more exclusive than that – the Pan Am 80th anniversary Prestige Series bags.
The Prestige Collection is serious high-end, made of the finest leather, with a printed satin lining and monogrammed studs and zips. The pictures probably don’t do them justice or indeed show off the different designs, which are available in either midnight blue or platinum.
If you want to know more, contact Discoo via email for a brochure or images. But be warned, prices on these start at £415 and they’re in strictly limited numbers – which means joining a waiting list.
Find out more at the Discoo website
Vivienne Westwood is obviously most famous for her involvement in launching punk fashion in Britain.
She’s moved a long way from her infamously named shop, Sex, and is now making high end designer clothing with added quirk.
This bowling bag has a great bowling bag shape and handles, with Westwood’s typical stamp of the ‘out of the ordinary’ with this rather modern print.
The bag will set you back £360, but isn’t that the norm nowadays?
Find out more from the Vivienne Westwood website
The shop of the V&A museum keeps on surprising us with its unusual gift ideas. The latest item to leave me slightly bewildered is this pair of Baby Pants.
Made from rubberised cotton they are designed to slip over a nappy. The fabric is printed with a 1950s design taken from wrapping paper. There is a choice of umbrellas or mushrooms. They cost £12 a pair and are available in two sizes, 6-12 months or 12-24 months.
Visit the V&A Shop for more details.
I’m always on the look out for affordable classics – and that definitely applies to the Guzzini Bread Basket.
Originally offered for sale in the 1950s, it has recently returned to the shelves, still looking as contemporary as ever. It uses injection moulding techniques to mimic the look of glass, with a finish that gives it a transparent shimmer. Even the inside has been though about – white to hide any scratches.
Sized at 24 x 24 x 6.5cm and available in a variety of colours, it retails for £14.69.
Find out more at the Forma website