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Back to The Future: DeLorean Cufflinks

DeLorean Cufflinks and Gifts

Delorean Car: The Tesla of its day? 

The DMC DeLorean, commonly referred to as the “DeLorean”, is an iconic sports car specifically engineered by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) between 1981-198; the first and last car of its kind. 

The inception of this unique and innovative automotive design stemmed from DeLorean’s passion to create an “ethical” sports car: safe, fuel-efficient and long-lasting. It was the Tesla of its day, according to Stephen Wynne, who acquired the DeLorean inventory in 1997 and is CEO of the now-resurrected DeLorean Motor Company.

“DeLorean was a maverick who wanted to break away from the industry and do things his own way,” Wynne said in a phone interview. “At that time, the auto industry was in a slump. There was nothing exciting going on. So John DeLorean had the pick of the litter, as far as who he wanted to work for him — and he had the best of the best.”

The distinctive features of this automobile are what truly makes it stand out in an overcrowded and highly competitive marketplace. Carefully crafted by an Italian engineer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, who had previously worked on various Alfa Romeo and Maserati automobile designs, the Delorean’s notable and iconic features can be expressed through its gull-wing doors and brushed stainless-steel outer body panels. 

However, the DeLorean’s journey has not always been the smoothest of rides. After financial difficulties and bankruptcy by the DMC, paired with some legal debacles with the FBI, John’s innovative auto design slowly started to decline in the early 1980s. Until it expectantly rose again…

BACK TO THE FUTURE

The DeLorean truly fermented its way into the memories and hearts of consumers, with its iconic and memorable appearances as the time machine in the Back to the Future’s media franchise. 

In 1981, filmmakers Robert Emeckis and Bob Gale were writing a script which followed a teenagers time-travelling journey using a time-travelling machine made from a refrigerator – the refrigerator being the DeLorean, Throughout production, the car kept its basic styling, although minor revisions were made to the hood and wheels. 

40 years later and the DeLorean continues to have a cult following driven in part by the popularity of the Back to the Future movies. An estimated 6,500 DeLoreans are still on the road. Three cars were built for filming, and the “hero,” or lead vehicle, is today on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Own Your Piece of Automotive History…

Widely considered to be the gold standard of family adventure movies, Back to the Future is one of those rare gems that is loved by all. Whether you’re into science fiction or not, there’s something extremely likable about Marty McFly and it’s hard not to rate the onscreen dynamic between him and Doc.

For young fans, the movie provides a heartwarming insight into what life was like in the 80s. For those who grew up when the film was released, it supplies a little bit of nostalgia to reminiscence about the ‘good old times’ and what was considered modern back then (something we probably need desperately now more than ever). While the inception of hoverboards has not yet come to fruition, the film surprisingly provides a few accurate predictions of the future. Whether it be the introduction of fingerprint recognition, personal drones, OH, and Marty’s advice to not go back to 2020 – don’t you wish we would’ve listened!!!!

With the number of Delorean models limited on the marketplace, chances of owning a DeLorean may feel that bit more difficult to come by, particularly when their market value is anything between £36-37,000. 

But all is not lost…

You can now own your own piece of automotive and blockbuster history. With the help of our incredible jewellers here in the UK, we have a selection of 1,500 special commemorative models made from the aluminium of a genuine DeLorean car. 

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All About The Jaguar E-Type

JAguar E-Type

Since the Jaguar E-type came to fruition in 1961, it has regularly topped lists compiled by designers and car enthusiasts alike as an extraordinary object of desire. Innovative and streamlined, with its immensely long bonnet, aluminium body and monocoque – The jaguar E-Type was a trailblazing automobile that set a precedent for motorsporting design for years to come. Famously depicted as the ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by Enzo Ferrari, the original Coupe and Roadster models are a clear symbolism of the glamour and excitement of the swinging 60s, with racing drivers and celebrities eager for their own slice of breathtakingly beautiful British engineering.   Indeed, the E-type is amongst Britain’s most celebrated cars – and with good reason. When 70mph was rapid for the average family runabout, this car could reach a staggering 150mph. With its 3.8-litre straight-six engine sourced from the XK, and a new independent rear suspension design that went on to be a hallmark of Jaguar models for four decades – it’s no surprise that its considered to be of, if not the greatest, sports car of all time.  In motor sports, the Jaguar E-Type was best known for its tremendous success in SCCA Production sports races with Group44, taking the B-Production championship in 1975. This car even managed to defeat the Nissan Z-car team in 1980 to become the national C-Production SCCA champions!   Nearly 60 years on, the Jaguar E-type Reborn programme will see Series 1 E-types restored to their original specification for future generations of enthusiasts and collectors to buy directly from Jaguar Classic. Its legacy still carries on, seen in the F-type models and E-type reloaded; a hefty price tag attached to such an iconic automobile. As the creators of the E-type, Jaguar Classic’s craftsmen are more than just technicians and engineers. They’re passionate custodians of one of Britain’s greatest ever brands and automobiles. This love and enthusiasm is exemplified in their quality craftsmanship and design, proudly portraying the genuine icon of the twentieth century.

It’s history lives on…

Jaguar E-Type Cufflinks… We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with classic motor cars, to showcase the best of engineering and design from around the globe. We started with aircraft and the iconic Tornado GR4, and have launched cufflinks made from the famous HST (Intercity 125) and shortly, the bullet train. Now, we are set to release the first of what we hope will be a range of automotive products, in the form of the legendary E Type.  Made from the original engine components of a 1961 series 1 fixed head coupe, these are a small, loving rendered piece of British automotive history. The classic motor cars have provided the designed material, graphics and packaging for these iconic products – facilitating the production of one of the most iconic automobiles that Britain has ever seen!

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Veteran Stories

At Icarus Originals, we are proud to work with a number of organisations that help support heroes. Our Fund collection has been created in partnership with the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, where a profit of each item sold to our lovely consumers goes towards their charity fund. 

We wanted to showcase the amazing work of the charity, and the support they give heroes who need it most, and why our Fund Collection is that bit more special. 

To shed light on this, here is a touching story from veteran Rob Budgen, who used the Benevolent Fund when he suffered from an accident that changed his life forever… 

The English Electric Lightning

Meet Rob Budgen

Thankfully, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund were able to assist Rob from the moment he suffered this life-changing injury. Firstly, by providing an immediate grant for his family towards the costs of air travel from California to visit Rob in his time of need. 

Additionally, the Fund was able to provide financial support for a number of pivotal services, such as funding his respite break, which enabled Rob to leave the ward for some much-needed down-time outside of the hospital setting. The Fund also financed the payment of specialist medical equipment, to ensure he was comfortable and properly taken care of on the road to recovery. They also provided monetary support for his housing needs, finding him a bungalow that was in close proximity to his close network of friends and family. This was an integral step towards his recovery, as Rob had purchased a property prior to the accident, but this was no longer deemed fit to serve his needs. 

Everything in his new property was equipped with utilities that Rob needed to function comfortably and soon became a humble abode that he could call his ‘forever home’. 

He says, ‘without the Fund, there is no way I would have been able to get everything I needed to live comfortably. Trying to put what the Fund does for the RAF into words is really difficult. The Fund is incredible, whenever we need it, it is there and without it thousands of people would not be able to live their lives like they do. Without it, I would not be able to live independently’. 

Why it matters…

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund supports current and former members of the RAF, their partners and families, providing practical, emotional and financial support, whenever they need it. The Fund is committed to getting them through the toughest times, whatever life may send their way. From the youngest child to the oldest veteran, they will consider any request for assistance, however big or small, providing a tailor-made approach to each individual situation.

The organisations we work with are extremely close to our hearts. Being in the forces and having to rely on such charities makes it that bit more important to give back and provide support for those people who need it most. Our jewellery is made by heroes to be worn by legends, and if we can help and support those incredible people in the process, then it makes our job that bit more special.  

We want to thank the Benevolent Fund for the incredible work they continue to do to support those heroes’ lives. We are extremely proud to work in collaboration with such a fantastic charity. 

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Introducing our Aviation Mini Models

Introducing our Exclusive New Mini Model Products….

“A souvenir memento, keepsake, or a token of remembrance…All our range of aviation mini models are a tangible representation of an iconic design that has defined history.” 

As you try to come up with a thoughtful gift, you should consider all the things that define the receiver. Naturally that is going to include hobbies. A truly thoughtful gift often transcends what is clearly visible on the outside, showing the recipient that their inner qualities are recognised and appreciated. 

With this being said, we are delighted to announce the introduction of our range of mini models, complementing our existing range of bespoke and sentimental one-of-a-kind products in store. Handmade and crafted by master jewellers here in the UK, these mini profiles are created from an assortment of aviation designs that were the first of their lineage and defied air travel as we know it! 

Whether you are an aviation enthusiast or shopping for someone who has an affiliation with any of our unique airplane designs, these gifts provide the perfect opportunity to own a piece of aviation history. Whether it’s the Concorde G-AXDN mini model, representing the fastest plane to grace the skies, or the Vulcan XH558, a plane that has been instrumental in British warfare, each piece has its own backstory that the owner will truly appreciate. 

Thanks to our partnership with the UK ministry of Defence, we were able to produce five truly unique and beautiful mini models cast from melted down parts reclaimed for their historic aircraft. By combining our skill in the field of design and production, together with the unparalleled expertise and knowledge of the ministry of defence, we were able to create finely crafted renderings of each design. We believe these products are a great way to support these aircrafts and is an ideal gift or memoriam of a lost love-one or a treasured memento of some of the most iconic designs ever produced here in the UK. These include; 

Official Red Arrows Mini Model

  • Officially licensed by the UK Ministry of Defence, this striking mini model commemorates the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows. Made using aluminium reclaimed from the airframe of a Hawk T1 that formerly flew as part of the famous squad, every piece of this mini model has been crafted in the UK. 
  • Mounted on a serialised laser etched stand in the red, white and blue of the team and supplied with a certificate of authenticity, this is the ultimate high-flying desk accessory.

Concorde G-AXDN Mini Model 

  • This Concorde mini model is made from the genuine air intake assembly of Concorde 101 (G-AXDN). Produced in collaboration with Duxford Aviation Society (DAS), this mini model comes mounted on a serialised, laser etched base and is supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

Key product details

  • 100% designed, made and finished in the UK.
  • Cast from the genuine Hiduminium aluminium alloy of Concorde G-AXDN (Concorde 101 – the fastest ever Concorde).
  • Hand polished by jewellery finishers to a mirror shine.
  • Presented in a high-quality box with gold foil embossed certificate of authenticity,
  • Limited to a worldwide production of 4,500.
  • Product dimensions (unboxed) 85mm x 60mm x 35mmm.

Tornado GR1 ZA326 Mini Model

  • Created in partnership with the Panavia Tornado Preservation Group (PTPG), this ‘mini model’ captures a beautiful rendering of Tornado ZA326 atop a serialised laser etched base.  Made from genuine airframe aluminium recovered from the aircraft, this model allows you to own a small piece of aviation history.
  • Icarus Originals are proud to support both the Panavia Tornado Preservation Group and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.  For every ZA326 mini model sold, we will donate £5 of the purchase price to each organisation to help them continue their vital work.