QOTD: What's Your Favorite Special Edition Vehicle?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd what s your favorite special edition vehicle

Yesterday’s post about the excellent Bill Blass Lincoln Continental Mark V got me thinking: Maybe I could [s]wear a white, double-breasted suit with gold buttons to work[/s] inquire about the multitude of other special editions for the Question of the Day today.

Like Mr. Casey mentions, Lincoln used special editions from the ’70s through the ’90s, which is about the same time (give or take) other manufacturers were doing the same thing.

So tell me, what’s your favorite special edition?

I must admit, I enjoy talking about special editions. I do so in the comments, and use Rare Rides to discuss them when I can. Something about the obscurity and details of the extra trim/stripes/stickers really piques my interest. That said, I have two favorites in mind to share with you and get the ball rolling.

Resplendent in blue and white like the Bill Blass Continental, the Mercury Villager Nautica was the peak of first generation Villager. This was the only exterior color scheme available, and the gold Nautica badging and white wheels scream, “I live in a suburb and it’s 1997.”

The Nautica-branded theme carried over to the interior quite spectacularly, where you could have grey leather (boring!) or blue and white to match the exterior. Notice the tasteful embroidery on each seat. Unfortunately, the Nautica trim died in 1998, replaced by the top-of-the-line, uninteresting Estate trim on the second-generation Villager in 1999.

But we won’t dwell on that, as it’s time to move along to something even more awesome.

You knew it was coming. The GMC Jimmy Diamond Edition is my other favorite. Available for the year 2000 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Jimmy nameplate, the Diamond Edition is excellent. Built by ASC (which I didn’t know before writing this), the Diamond Edition gave you a unique grille guard with integrated fog lamps, tube-shaped running board, special metallic tone cladding, and Diamond Edition badges on the exterior. The color selection included blue, pewter, and perhaps a red, but black was by far the most common.

The interior of the Diamond Edition was frankly ahead of its time, and featured perforated and quilted leather, along with the expected embroidery. Such quilting can be found in ultra-lux vehicles like Rolls-Royce and Bentley today — but none of them had it in 2000! The Jimmy Diamond Edition was truly something special.

So tell us about your favorite special edition. I’ll be waiting.

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  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on May 04, 2017

    The 1984-85 Ford Thunderbird Fila edition. Yes, the sneaker company. It was the 80's when sneakers and athletic wear became fashionable. Plus they threw in other athletic accouterments. Though no Jane Fonda work out tape was included. http://hooniverse.com/2011/12/04/hooniverse-designer-edition-weekend-the-1984-85-ford-thunderbird-fila-edition/ "The Fila Edition Thunderbird was targeted to the “Active Lifestyle” set, and was offered in Red, Black, Charcoal, or a new “Pastel” Charcoal color, combined with a dark gray two-tone, with color coordinated 14″ Alloy Wheels. Inside you get the Ford articulating Bucket Seat interior in either cloth or leather with the “Fila” logo on the seating surfaces, and it was equipped with most of the options available on a standard T-Bird. Included was a “Fila” canvas bag that contained a leather portfolio, a beach towel, a sun visor, a headband, and a pair of wrist bands."

  • 1994 Saturn "Homecoming Edition," just because I bought one used in 1997 without realizing what I had. Basically, Saturn built a special run of almost-fully-loaded SL2 sedans (ABS and 4-wheel discs standard, sunroof and automatic transmission optional) to commemorate the first Homecoming in Spring Hill. Roughly 6000 cars were slathered in pearl white paint, dark grey Saturn badges, and a special leather-and-cloth interior treatment and rear headrests. http://www.saturnforum.com/forum/attachments/private-sale-trade-classifieds-30/980d1446737137-1994-saturn-sl2-homecoming-edition-saturn-002.jpg Like I said, I didn't know it was anything "special" until I went to a breakfast of the local Saturn club and mentioned I'd just bought a pearl white SL2... and several got up from the table to walk out and look at my car! Weird people...

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