Archive for August, 2013

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One of the smallest convertible cars ever produced is the 1957 Messerschmitt KR 201 Roadster. Built by the aircraft manufacturer of the same name, in the frugal era of post-war Europe, this little gem, which boasts 87 mpg, in its heyday broke all speed records of its class in every trial.

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Unlike most Messerschmitts that came before it, this KR 201 Roadster shed its plexiglass cockpit bubble for something a bit sportier– a convertible top. It and the other Roadster-class details made a car so cartoonish in nature appear surprisingly elegant. The polished chrome, the candy red paint and the snakeskin interior make this little leopard a luxurious ride.

The KR 201 version of the popular KR 200 class is possibly the most rare Messerschmitt bubble car one could find. This model has been faithfully restored to an outstanding level of quality, poised to fetch between $60,000 and $70,000 at auction this weekend. It may be one of the tiniest convertible cars ever produced, but it’ll be one of the big stories at the Bruce Weiner Microcar Auction.

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This project for an extremely creative loft conversion in an industrial property in the heart of Budapest was undertaken by its owner Shay Sabag. The indefinable style of the interior typifies the term eclectic. The open space with glass paned dividers, making the most of natural light, is filled with a selection of carefully chosen objects.

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A strong industrial element is evident through the exposed metal pipework and extractor tubing, a stripped back heating system against a background of raw concrete and unplastered brickwork. Distressed surfaces on which vintage and modern objects exist harmoniously contrast with an unexpected country island kitchen which adds a touch of homeliness. The warm rich hues of the wooden ceiling and the elegant chandeliers contribute a strong note of elegance to the equation.

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The bedroom with its low bed and freestanding bathtub face a wonderful view of the city, adding to the tremendous urban energy of this very different residence!

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