• Dec 17, 2006

The Paris show was the perfect venue for Lamborghini to take the wraps off the stunning special-edition Murcielago created together with famous Italian design house Versace. But that wasn't the first such crossover between the worlds of wheels and fashion. Men.Style.com, the online portal of eminent style mags GQ and Details has put together a portfolio of some of history's most memorable "designer automobiles". Most of them feature special interiors accompanied by the appropriate badging on the outside to let everyone know you're riding in super-style.

Included on the list are several efforts from now-defunct AMC: a 1972 Javelin by Pierre Cardin, a '73 Gremlin by Levi's, and a '74 Matador Coupe by Oleg Cassini. Cadillac and Gucci also put together a very special (and very pimpin') Seville in '79. Alfred Dunhill and Aston Martin made a perfect match on the 1998 DB7, of which only 150 bespoke editions were made. The 2000 Joseph Abboud edition of the Buick Regal, meanwhile, was a less inspiring example. Armani's collaboration with Mercedes on the 2003 CLK convertible seems more on-target. And lastly, Men.Style.com closed with the Versace Lambo.

There are a few more examples we could think of that were left off the list. In the 90's especially Ford was turning out Eddie Bauer editions of the Explorer and other SUVs. Sister-company Mercury also teamed up with Nautica for a yellow-pinstriped navy-and-white Villager minivan. Lexus had a partnership with premium leather-goods brand Coach that turned out a range of special-edition ES, RX and LS models.

Can think of more? We invite you to add to the list in the comments section.

[Source: Men.Style.com]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Dorothy Draper designed interiors & chose colors for Packard's back in the 50's too, tho her name wasnt on the doors she was featured in the advertising of the time...
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...and Gucci did an AMC Hornet in 1972, and there were Versace Lincoln Mark VII's back in 84 and 85.

      That really is all I can think of...
      • 8 Years Ago
      There was a Jack Nicklaus Town Car (it might count as a "desinger" series, since he did have a line of golf clothing and accessories) in the '90's. Green with white landua top and white leather. Yuck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haha! My mom had a Levi's Gremlin. My dad had to repair the door numerous times. Probably one of the reasons why I'll never buy a two-door that has more than two seats...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Back in the 70's my great uncle had Jeep (CJ I think) that had a Levi's interior.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Orvis edition Grnad Cherokee...
      • 8 Years Ago


      This was the shameful automotive period when the best performance car displayed more "squeal" than bacon. I remember a local Chevy dealer installing a vinyl roof on a new '75 Corvette.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How could you forget the highly successful Designer Series Lincolns?   Starting with the 1976 Mark IV, then continuing through the 77-79 Mark V, and 1980 Mark VI, there were selections from Bill Blass, Givenchy, Pucci and Cartier, followed by the Givenchy and Valentino Continentals of 1982-1985 and 84-92 Bill Blass Mark VII.  Even Town Cars were available as Cartier editions until 1993.  Each model had special paint and trim for that year.  This is where the current Town Car's top-of-the-line Designer Series designation comes from.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not exactly a designer addition, but I think the Dodge LaFemme deserves mention for being one of the first to fuse automotive style with actual coordinating apparel. It featured ladies accesories to match the interior. Umbrella, hat, rain cape, and a leather purse with coordinating compact and cigarette case. It all fit in special compartments behind the front seats.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't forget about the Mark Cross Chrysler cars of the 80's. I can recall the Cordoba and New Yorker had Mark Cross special editions.

      Mercedes also had a special edition CLS AMG "IWC" (International Watch Corporation) for 2005 or 2006.

      The obvious, but over looked Eddie Bauer Ford SUV's.

      And, Bulgari designing the instrument panel for Cadillac for the interior of the XLR.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Etienne Aigner VW Cabriolet's come to mind as a designer car too.