Around the tracks: 83-year-old bottle of Ford sauce up for auction


Plus, Alibaba is now selling one of the smallest electric vehicles you’ve ever seen.

Emma Notarfrancesco

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When we’re not creating it ourselves, the Drive team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world.

Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while.

Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?



Forget about hats and keyrings, this is a rare piece of Ford merchandise that you may never see again

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It’s an odd one from a carmaker, but this 83-year old bottle of sauce is Ford-branded and being sold at auction. Ford produced these bottles of tomato juice in September 1938 on its 80-acre property in Michigan – the site of its current headquarters.

Henry Ford grew vegetables on the property which he gave away to charities for free, including tomatoes. Reports indicate over a three-week period in 1938, a team of 36 workers produced a staggering 52,505 cases of Ford-branded tomato juice.

The unique bottles don’t come up for auction too often. Auction house RM Sotheby’s expects the bottle to fetch $150 to $300 at its sale in Auburn, Indiana, on September 4. The last bottle that was up for grabs was in 2019, sold empty on eBay for $450. One to add to the shopping list?

Need a small car? Alibaba has you sorted with this bizarre electric vehicle

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Alibaba sells just about everything, but this is one bizarre item it has now added to its site. Introducing the K5M-2500, a small electric vehicle made by ElectricKar, with a 1+1 seating layout (featuring a small jump seat behind the driver) and an impressive eight windows. It will get you around, albeit slowly with a top speed of around 40km/h.

Under the tiny bonnet of this electric vehicle (EV) is an 800-watt electric system that, according to the manufacturer, allows you to drive this 255kg mini-car for up to 66km before you run out of juice. The colour choices are limited, offering only white or red.

The mini EV is on sale now on the Alibaba website for approximately $AU4000. Perhaps not the most sound investment, but at least you won’t need garage space – this could quite easily fit in a living room.



If you’re after a Viper but want more than two seats, this is the answer

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This one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper limo is up for grabs on eBay. Based on the 1996 generation of the sports car the limousine features enough room for up to 12 passengers. It’s completely stock from the front bumper to the B-pillar, with the front end carried over from the standard production car.

The vehicle lost its roof, while the creators decided to leave the roll bar behind the front seats in place. The interior features black leather seats, with two bucket seats in the rear. Other features look fairly standard, including the Viper’s factory boot, tail-lights and bumpers.

The listing doesn’t include any modifications made to the 8.4-litre V10 engine, but it does mention the vehicle’s kilometres, with just over 9000km on the odometer. The rare limo has a starting price of approximately $AU186,000, but hasn’t attracted any bids as yet.

If you remember Mika Hakkinen from Formula One, then you might want this for your collection

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This rare 1999 Mercedes-Benz A160 Edition Hakkinen is up for sale, more than two decades after it was first released. The special edition was unveiled by Mercedes to celebrate its success in Formula One with McLaren.

This Benz is hand-finished with a Mercedes-McLaren livery combining black and red accents irbrushed on the silver bodywork, plus each driver’s name and country’s flag on the front doors. The exterior boasts dual exhaust pipes and 17-inch AMG wheels shod in low-profile tiyes. Inside it’s kitted out in red ‘Designo’ leather covering the seats, doors, dashboard, and steering wheel.

The 1999 Mercedes-Benz A160 Edition Hakkinen is listed for sale for over $AU70,000, on a site called Mechatronik. It would be the first time one of these cars has been sold since May 2021.



Mazda is offering free oil changes no matter the make and model

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Last year when the pandemic first hit Mazda’s overseas operations decided to offer free oil changes to healthcare workers – this time around, they’re targeting educators. The free service includes a complimentary oil change, vehicle cleaning, and vehicle inspection.

Most standard makes (including non-Mazdas) and models are eligible, with an exclusion applying to exotic and classic cars.

“Educators have always been the foundation of our communities, working tirelessly to make sure future generations receive the knowledge and tools to succeed in an ever-changing world,” Mazda says on its information page. The program will run in the UK until the end of September.

Emma Notarfrancesco

Emma has been on our television screens for over a decade. Most of her time in the industry has been spent at racetracks reporting at major motorsport events in Australia – from TCR and Superbikes to Porsche Sprint Challenge and Supercars. Last year she made the move to motoring journalism.

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