THERE’S no bigger dream for most gearheads than to own a piece of automotive history. Even the most octane-obsessed enthusiast cannot deny the charm and stateliness of the classic and iconic models of motoring’s earlier eras. But acquiring and maintaining these beautiful machines in Singapore is among the most demanding hobbies one can sustain.
Trials of classic car collecting
The primary source of pain for the collector is the humidity and fickle temperament of our weather, which is antithesis to the existence of these cars. Untreated chassis tend to be eaten into, hand-stitched leather swells and loses its lustre, and the absence of air-conditioning in most original configurations mean your joyrides could get cut short out of fear of staining your seats with sweat.
To top it off, sourcing and shipping original parts from distant Europe (where the all-time sexiest cars were manufactured) is a time-consuming and resource-intensive endeavour.
The next best thing for the prospective collector, however, is pretty dope in itself. Check this out.
You’re looking at one of the pieces out of French upcycling design firm 3 GJB 17, which specialises in salvaging classic car parts and repurposing them into useful and well-engineered pieces of furniture that celebrate the design chops of the original metalwork.
For this particular piece, a 911 Carrera was popped, and a custom built-wooden desk was fashioned so that the hood could hinge nicely into position.
You could also conceivably ask for the perfect entryway bench (imagine having a row of these) – within which you could store items such as spare pairs of socks, shoehorns, or mink oil for your brogues.
Other reimaginations include this handsome writing table incorporating the trunk lid of the classic ’67 Mercedes 280 SE.
If you’re contemplating starting a small home bar, why not front it with this Volkswagen Type 2? Arrangements can be made to have the headlamps functional so you can send your guests into titters whenever a drink order is up.
The firm, based out of La Rochelle in southwestern France, offers you a high degree of involvement throughout the creative process. You can select the part(s) you want immortalised from their pre-existing stock – or if you have a beauty of your own you wish to retire, you can send them the relevant components to work with.
Designers will then work with you on drafts that suit your vision (or existing decor), and once you’re agreed on the plans, work will commence. Add a week or three for shipping back to Singapore, and you’ll be the proud owner of history that you can keep in the house indefinitely, with less fear of the elements taking their toll.
Interested? Hit up their website to see existing projects and make contact with the founder.
PHOTOS: 3 GJB 17, RM Sotheby’s