CLASSIC ENGINEERING. TIMELESS DESIGN.

One should never use such adjectives lightly. Nor do we. Charabanc is truly a thing of beauty and an objet authentique that enhances the motor car.
Comprised of a finely hand-crafted, stencilled-steel pomander encased in London leather, Charabanc is an exquisitely tangible, beautifully manufactured piece of British design.

BRITISH METAL SPINNING

Charabanc's pomander shells are hand spun by a team of highly-skilled specialist Metal Spinners in the heart of Portsmouth who make, amongst other things, fuel tanks for aviation and nose cones for Spitfires.

Metal spinning does not involve removal of material, as in conventional metal turning, but forming (moulding) of sheet material over an existing shape and is particularily suited to forming circular objects. The finished products not only have a distinctive beauty that is highly valued by designers, but also an unmatched functionality prized by engineers.

ARTISAN MOULDED LEATHER

Charabanc’s leather cap and lanyard are made from the finest Spanish hides, handpicked on our behalf by one of Britain’s oldest suppliers of leather and one of only a few still finishing leather by hand. We use vegetable-tanned leather of the highest quality that is natural and sustainable, every piece ageing to develop a patina over time.

Borrowing from an old Tuscan artisan technique and manufactured in an east London workshop, the leather lid is hand-shaped on a wooden mould and the lanyard hand-cut and finished, each piece unique.

MAGNET FOR THE MOTOR CAR

Our tools and high performing parts are manufactured to the highest industry standards. 

The stainless steel clips have been manufactured at a British Pressings factory from flat sheet metal in a stamping press using a process adopted by automobile manufacturers to make pressed parts since the early C20th. 
The magnet’s holding force is as such to keep the pomander securely attached to the A/C.

TO HANG THE POMANDER

To hang the pomander from the rearview mirror or a clothing hook, thread the leather lanyard evenly through the two slots in the pomander and then through the metal toggle which you can adjust to secure the pomander tightly. Unwrap the fragrance ceramic, place in the pomander and press firmly to close. Place the leather cap on the back of the pomander and hang securely.

TO ATTACH TO A/C

Position the magnetised clip on the air vent securely and attach the pomander to it. To remove, tilt pomander off the magnet, leaving clip in place for safe-keeping.

TO PLACE IN COFFEE CUP HOLDER

For a more subtle fragrance, place the unwrapped ceramic inside the metal pomander, attach the leather cap, then place in the coffee cup holder.