Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese was in town recently to launch her newest cocktail creation (see below) as global brand ambassador for Cointreau, the chic French liqueur with the distinctive Art Deco bottle, at New York’s Los Feliz.

After the event DRIVEN caught up with the diva with the devastating décolletage to discuss her collection of classic cars; here we present Part I of our exclusive in-depth investigation into the dark recesses of Dita’s garage…..

‘I’ve got a bad case of classic car fever. My friends call me the Jay Leno of Burlesque’

How did you get into classic cars?

Initially, it was an obsession I had with the 1940′s, beginning back in the ’90s. I liked dressing head-to-toe in vintage clothes, and going out swing dancing, and I wanted a car to top it off!

I was always dating rockabilly guys that drove vintage cars, and I saved up my money and bought my first classic car, a 1939 Chrysler, and I drove it around for 14 years before I finally decided to sell it and buy a different one.

Not only do I love how they look and how they feel to drive, but the fact is, you’ll never really get that kind of beauty in design from a modern car.

‘My ’65 Jaguar S-Type is really sleek looking and fun to drive because it’s very fast, small, and easy to zip around in’

What are some of the cars in your collection?

I have a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe convertible in a beautiful deep ruby red, a 1939 Packard Eight in what they call “Packard French Blue,” and a 1965 Jaguar S-Type. And I’m lusting after a certain forest green ’54 Cadillac! I’ve got a bad case of classic car fever. My friends call me the Jay Leno of Burlesque.

Which one is your favorite?

I’m not really sure, they are all very different kinds of cars. The ’65 Jaguar S-Type (below) is really sleek looking, and it’s really fun to drive because it’s very fast, small, and easy to zip around town in – and back in the ’60s someone hand-etched little roses in the corners of each window.

'65 Jaguar S-Type
Daily Mail

I love the open-air of the ’46 convertible, plus I love the 1940s for cars, and I enjoy driving with the top down because the sight lines are great and it makes it easier to navigate.

I’m  currently in the “getting to know you” phase with my Packard. It’s a big car, and much different from my Chrysler New Yorker of the same year. The Packard was the top-of-the-line car, so it’s a whole new experience to drive, much more smooth and very, very elegant.

Do you own any modern cars?

‘Jerks on the road don’t know not to cut in front of a vintage car because these heavy machines don’t stop on a dime’

I have a BMW Z4 as my daily driver. I don’t really have to desire to have the latest-greatest new car in my life. I’m pretty happy driving the same modern car for a long time, because new cars rarely affect me.

Living in a city like Los Angeles however, with all the traffic and jerks on the road that don’t know not to cut in front of a vintage car because these heavy machines don’t stop on a dime, well, having a modern car is imperative, sadly.

[Photo by Christophe Mourthe for DRIVEN, courtesy of Dita.net]

Stay tuned for Part II of our interview with Dita. Meanwhile kick back and make yourself one of these Cointreau MargaDitas to pass the time. Bottoms up:

Photo by Albert Sanchez, courtesy Cointreau; click to enlarge

Cointreau MargaDita

1.5 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Monin Rose Syrup
1 pinch Chipotle Spice

Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled coup glass.  Garnish with floating organic yellow rose petals.  For an added kick, add a chipotle and salt rim.