The perfect gifts for car lovers
Shopping for car guys or gals? It isn’t always easy to find the perfect gift for the discerning car enthusiast, especially if he or she happens to have a burning passion for shifting gears and engine harmonics. It also doesn’t help that the vast majority of car-related gifts feel tacky, gimmicky, or humdrum; dashboard hula girls, all-in-one tools that plug into the cigarette lighter receptacle, and car care kits anyone? They don’t exude class nor are they memorable. If you’re buying for that special someone, consider a classic model car by CMC. There are few automotive gifts that can hold a candle to a CMC model car in terms of the care and complexity. Let us suggest a few models that fulfill criteria important to car lovers. Be assured, they will suit any gearhead’s taste for classic cars and rev his or her appreciation for all things tastefully automotive.
Some people may say they don’t care about cars so long as it gets them from Point A to Point B. Not so with the classic car enthusiast. Cars should be beautiful and stir the emotions with their attention to detail, design, and potential performance. Nostalgia plays a big role here in the desire for beauty in cars. You see, classic cars were created in an analogue world where the designers themselves were car lovers and used pencil and paper to create elegant shapes and flowing lines. Consequently, the look of these cars look vastly different in comparison to modern cars that have been produced by digital rendering on a computer. Classic cars were created at a time when designs reflected the mood and trends of the era and designers were unencumbered by a multitude of technical, economic, social, aesthetic and safety constraints. Modern production techniques have removed much of the character from new cars—they just don’t make them like they used to.
1937 BUGATTI 57 SC ATLANTIC by CMC
This brings us to the 1937 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic. Cars have never been as stylish as they were in the 30’s and this car in particular has come to be seen as one of the ultimate symbols of pre-war automotive elegance. Jean Bugatti fashioned the car out of magnesium, and since it couldn’t be welded, he riveted the sides of the car together creating a center spine down the teardrop body and employing an Art Nouveau stylistic technique of combining function and form. Design details aside, we would be remiss if we failed to mention it was also the fastest road car of its day and was revolutionary for its cutting edge technology—and for many, those impressive traits only enhance its beauty.
Many forget what an important role the automobile has had in reflecting and shaping culture, and as for European classics, there is something so sexy, intellectual and even heroic about them. They all have a history. Some have achieved impressive things such as competing in and winning races while others have overcome great obstacles. These machines were great enablers of a better life, provided mobility and freedom when such qualities were rare, and they were the defining technological barometer of the day.
1964 PORSCHE 901 by CMC
Naming a legend is not easy, and creating one is even more challenging. By the early 1960’s the Porsche 356 had reached great success with over 70,000 units sold. As the car aged, it was time for the company to introduce a new vehicle, retaining the same DNA as in the 356 while introducing a number of innovations along with modern styling and technical updates. Keeping in line with their number-naming trend, they presented the pre-production 901 at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. After production began, Peugeot protested that they had exclusive rights to three digit number with a zero in the middle. Porsche chose to rename the model to 911 and the 911 lives on as the soul of Porsche and one of the most famous high performance sports cars of all time.
For the car aficionado, not just any car will do. They must be aesthetically distinctive, high performing, crafted with top notch materials and exclusive. No amount of money will get you a Ferrari 250 GTO, for example, and even if you want an old one, you will still have to find someone who is willing to sell you theirs.
1962 FERRARI 250 GTO
The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the greatest road and track machines ever made and arguably the most sought-after collectible, selling for millions of dollars. The 250 GTO had it all: gorgeous styling, blistering speed, brilliant engineering and enviable exclusivity. The model emerged out of Enzo Ferrari’s desire to prevent the new Jaguar E-Type from superseding Ferrari in motor racing. The 250 GTO debuted in 1962 as the pinnacle of Ferrari engineering of the time and attained an impressive log of victories. With its enormous heritage and huge interest, we can’t think of any other car to boast such an impressive package.
Impress the car lover in your life
The best kinds of gifts are the most thoughtful, and for the car guy or gal in your life, you can’t go wrong with any of these special model cars by CMC. The degree of craftsmanship and dedication required for these automobiles to exist is purely mind-boggling and will bring all generations of car enthusiasts together to marvel at them and explore every detail. A gift like this is anything but mediocre. To see our full selection of premium model cars, please check out our shop and see what catches your eye.
We look forward to seeing which one you select for the car enthusiast in your life!