SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Forget about soft drinks and potato chips - a "vending machine" in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles, including Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
Used car seller Autobahn Motors opened a futuristic 15-story showroom in December, with vehicles on display in 60 slots, billing it as the "world's largest luxury car vending machine".
Customers on the ground floor choose from a touchscreen display which car they wish to see. The car arrives within one to two minutes thanks to an advanced system that manages vehicle retrieval, the company says.
Luxuries in Singapore
Luxuries in Singapore
An exotic used car dealership designed to resemble a vending machine in Singapore May 15, 2017. The dealership houses up to 60 exotic cars in a 15 storey building which uses a fish-bone type lift system to deliver cars to clients within minutes. REUTERS/Thomas White TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A view of a luxury condominium estate next to a yacht marina in Singapore February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su
A photographer (L) arranges taxi-booking app GrabTaxi's fleet of seven luxury cars for a photoshoot before they start picking passengers in Singapore September 15, 2015. The fleet of seven luxury cars, consisting of Porsche, Maserati, Aston Martin and McLaren cars, will be chauffeuring passengers for free within the city from Tuesday to Sunday during the Singapore F1 Grand Prix season. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Fitness coach Peter Yeoman swims in the pool of Gravity health and fitness club in Singapore's central business district (CBD) July 15, 2015. The S$9.5 million($7 million) luxury gym opened by British-based fitness chain Fitness First, which sits on top of an office building in the CBD, is targeted at C-Suite executives and membership is offered by-invitation only to 999 people, according to the club's press release. REUTERS/Edgar Su
View of skyline with apartment building skyscrapers at Marina district in New Dubai - On January, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Residential buildings stand in Reflections at Keppel Bay property development in Singapore, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Singapore landlords are loading up on bonds masked as equity to get around new rules curbing their debt amid a property slump. Photographer: Sam Kang Li/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ferrari SpA automobiles stand on display near the Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards booth during the Singapore Yacht Show in Singapore, on Saturday, April 25, 2014. The yacht show runs through April 26. Photographer: Sam Kang Li/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Luxury yachts illuminated at night sit moored in front of residential buildings in the Sentosa Cove during the Singapore Yacht Show in Singapore, on Saturday, April 25, 2014. The yacht show runs through April 26. Photographer: Sam Kang Li/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People look at a Lamborghini Reventon Roadster car on display at the shopping street of Orchard Road along with other rare and iconic super car models showcased by the Italian carmaker, in Singapore August 28, 2014. The publicity event leads up to the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 which will debut in Singapore in September. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
Discover More Like This
BACK TO SLIDE
Gary Hong, general manager at Autobahn Motors, said the vending machine format was aimed at making efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition.
"We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative," he told Reuters.
He has been approached by developers interested in using the company's Automotive Inventory Management System for parking services, he added.
Vehicles on offer run from modern luxury sports cars to classics, including a 1955 Morgan Plus 4.
U.S. company Carvana also uses vending machine-like towers to sell used cars. In March, it opened an eight-floor structure that holds up to 30 cars in San Antonio, Texas.
(Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)