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What to do with a tiny boot? Build a better trunk

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

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If Jaguar’s roundly adored F-Type roadster has one egregious fault, it is a puny and irregularly shaped boot. With a complex double-wishbone rear suspension, a brace of fat exhaust pipes and a 19-gallon fuel tank, there simply wasn’t much space left over within the F-Type’s tapered tail for, well, space.

So the British carmaker enlisted revered French luggage-maker Moynat to craft a bespoke piece for its sports car’s space-challenged boot, one that makes maximal use of the cavity’s compact dimensions, and does so in suitably high style.

To create the trunk’s distinctive kidney shape, Moynat artisans moulded eight layers of wood to follow the contours of the cargo hold. The trunk’s structure was then wrapped in fine, vegetal-dyed hide – slate gray outside and mandarin orange (Moynat’s signature colour) – inside. The piece took some 900 working hours to design and fabricate.

And what’s inside this very special trunk? Why, a tiny electric scooter, of course, for stylish intraurban excursions.

Moynat is no stranger to this type of work; the company has been crafting made-to-measure luggage since 1849. Its most famous piece may be an artful, cream-coloured limousine trunk from 1902 (pictured below) that featured a concave bottom designed to follow the contour of an automobile’s roof.  

Moynat unveiled the one-off F-Type trunk at its new boutique in London’s Mayfair district. It is the company’s first location outside Paris.

Limousine trunk, 1902. (Moynat)

Limousine trunk, 1902. (Moynat)