October 30, 2022 at 16:51 #74105Gregory MartinParticipant
Many have seen and read the storylines of Coupe Simone “The Midnight Ghost”, maybe even collected one of the fifteen hundred 1:24th scale diecast models produced by the Franklin Mint!
The car itself was a vision of two designers in the mid 1990’s that would take them back to the 1930’s at the start of the “art deco” era. Simone was based on the basic styling lines of another automobile, the Phantom Corsair. But Simone was taken much further with the design changes that not only gave it a more elegant appeal but, also a storyline that was created that made it so realistic, many believed it to be true.
After almost three decades since the design of Coupe Simone and almost a year of working with the original designers, the car is slated to come to life starting in 2023.
If you’ve read the story, two immigrants had set up a coach builders’ shop in Green Briar Pennsylvania and commissioned by a French cosmetics guru to build the biggest and most beautiful car that existed. It was said to be the last Duesenberg ever built! Well, we know now that is false information but, still such a luxurious and romantic story.
A small private shop in Pennsylvania (very near to where the said immigrants resided) and even closer to (2miles) where the Duesenberg engines were built at Lycoming Engines.
The facility will be taking the design of the scaled down model and bring it to the full-size masterpiece it should be. The body will be fabricated from Aluminum contoured over a buck/wire form to bring the sleek art deco flow to life.
The plan is to finish Simone in about the same timeframe as was said in the story… but with modern equipment it may be sooner!
The complete process will be documented, and video recorded as Simone comes to life!
Yes, you will be able to watch and enjoy this journey with the team at Iconic Rod & Custom.
3D scanning Coupe Simone for body fabrication – YouTube
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