There’s something inexplicably cool about hunting rare collectables. That’s of course other than to Instagram the living hell out of them as a declaration that you’ve arrived.
Of course, not all limited-edition items appeal to everybody. But neither should they: your collection should say something about you, and not what you want other people to think. And it’s all about subtlety: show them who you are, don’t tell.
So – what characterises in the collection of the collector’s collector? Hard-to-find, easy-to-love must-haves. For those automotively inclined, here are some suggestions.
A watch. Not just any watch, and not just any Rolex either. This Rolex Daytona is the prize watch awarded to the team of drivers that have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, held in France in June each year. Sure, you can buy an ordinary Daytona for about R430 000, but that one doesn’t have the stamp on the back that says you’ve just won the toughest and most famous endurance race in the world. Unless you’re a race winner, this is unobtainium defined.
Some boots. While some boots are made for walking or working; this pair was made for driving. This pair was worn by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in last year’s Formula One championship in which he won two races. Made by Puma and signed by the young Dutchman himself, this mega-rare artefact from a top F1 team will set you back R48 000 on Ebay. They’re still certified for use by F1’s governing body, so if you already have an F1 car in your garage and just need the matching footgear, this is your ticket.
A coffee maker. Cars and coffee are a thing, but we’re not talking a hastily-made cuppacino in a Styrofoam cup. The Espresso Veloce coffee maker range is modelled on the striking appearance of 1990’s-generation Formula One engines. These stunning Johannesburg-made half-scale-sized machines are handcrafted from aerospace alloys, as well as titanium, stainless steel and aluminium to deliver espressos that hopefully match the price (which ranges from about R100 000 to in excess of R200 000, depending on your specification). The top model, aptly named V12, is limited to 500 units.
A car. You can run off to your local car accessory shop for a sticker that reads “limited edition” and slap it on your Toyota Tazz – or you can get one of these. The Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Grand Prix edition is a genuine limited edition. Released just before the cessation of their respective generational lifespans 2006 and in 2012, production of the JCW GP edition was limited to 2000 units each. This numbered and raw, stripped-out race-car-for-the-road featured an uprated engine, better brakes, stickier tyres, racing seats up front and no rear seats to save weight, adjustable suspension and a rear wing big enough to iron your race overalls on. Used, these are reasonably affordable, or you can wait for the new one to launch in 2019.
The latest special edition to join the MINI South Africa line-up celebrates the brand’s rich heritage with a nod to one of the best known sporty classic Minis of all time. The 1275 GT paired distinctive design with inventive solutions; it was the world’s first vehicle fitted with run-flat tyres. The 1499 GT, which is available from October, recalls the entertaining drive and distinctive styling of the 1969 original.
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This post is sponsored by MINI and produced by Brandstudio24 for Wheels24.