May 272012
 

The Sunday just prior to Memorial Day is always a big race day:  the infamous Indy 500, and the longest NASCAR race….the Coca-Cola 600.

Congratulations to Dario Franchitti winning his third Indy 500 race (he also won in 2007 and 2010).

And congratulations to Kasey Kahne winning his third Coca Cola 600 race (he also won in 2006 and 2008)

When I think about the fast cars in these popular racing events, I also think about the crystal cars that Swarovski has produced.

While the crystal brand never sold and marketed them, the Swarovski Porsche cars were available at Porsche dealerships.  There were eight different Swarovski car model replicas produced from 2002 through 2007.

Swarovski Car - Porsche

Swarovski Porsche Carrera GT, Limited Edition of 1500

The crystal brand did offer the Swarovski Old Timer Automobile from 1989 through 1995.  It was designed by Gabriele Stamey.  The official identification numbers for this crystal car figurine are: 7473 000 001 and 151 753.  While the Swarovski Old Timer Auto originally retailed for $150, at present day, it typically trades in the $95 to $125 price range.

Swarovski Car - Old Timer Automobile

Swarovski Old TImer Automobile

Crystal Exchange America does have a number of these retired Swarovski Car figurines available in their online store.  At their store web site, www.crystalexchange.com,  go to the ‘Other Silver Crystal’ category, then the sub-category ‘Transportation’.

Jun 192011
 

Happy Father’s Day to Swarovski collecting crystal fanatics around the world!  May all Dads, Grandfathers, and Fathers-to-be have a relaxing and enjoyable day!

I recently found this cute story and thought today was an ideal day to remember the simplicity of our kids life and how fortunate we are to have parents to teach us the way, and kids to remind us how wonderful life is….

Father’s Day was near when I brought my three-year-old son, Luke, to the card store. Inside, I showed him the cards for dads and told him to pick one.
When I looked back, Luke was picking up one card after another, opening them up and quickly shoving them back into slots, every which way. ” Luke, what are you doing?” I asked. “Haven’t you found a nice card for Daddy yet?”
“No,” he replied. “I’m looking for one with money in it.”

Dad would be very lucky to get a card with money in it!  Or perhaps a gift hand-crafted by his kids.  Or how about a nice Swarovski Porsche?  From 2002 through 2007, Swarovski produced eight different crystal limited edition Porsche cars:

  • Swarovski Porsche Jubilaumsmodell 40 Jahre 911 – WAP05012614 (2002)
  • Swarovski Porsche 356 Limited Edition – WAP05040015 (2004)
  • Swarovski Porsche 911 Carrera Black Diamond – WAP05040115 (2004)
  • Swarovski Porsche Carrera GT – WAP05040416 (2005)
  • Swarovski Porsche Model Cayman S. – WAP05040016 (2005)
  • Swarovski Porsche 911 Metallic – WAP05041017 (2006)
  • Swarovski Porsche Cayman S Metallic – WAP05043017 (2006)
  • Swarovski Porsche GT Carrera Masterpiece – BSC2007005 (2007)

The original MSRP of the Swarovski Porsche cars was $270 – $650 depending on the exact car model.  All are considered limited editions.  Some are numbered.  Some have a production maximum.  Some were produced or sold for just a year or two.  I did not find any new Swarovski Porsche cars after 2007.

Swarovski Porsche Carrera GT, Limited Edition of 1500 units

If you are are looking for a Swarovski Crystal Porsche, Crystal Exchange America does have a big selection of them available.  Interested Swarovski collectors can visit the Crystal Exchange America web site at www.CrystalExchange.com and view the ‘Transportation’ category or search for the term ‘Porsche’ in the search box.