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 – YouTubeDecember 20, 2022 at 23:05 #74255John allenParticipant
This car always made me angry. I felt like it was a scam, but now with a real car coming it adds some legitimacy to the story. Is there a choice of drivetrain / running gear yet ?December 21, 2022 at 08:32 #74256December 23, 2022 at 02:15 #74259ARTMANParticipantDecember 23, 2022 at 02:19 #74263ARTMANParticipant
GoOd TiMeS !December 23, 2022 at 07:04 #74264
I like a bit of Corporate mischief …. Not like they haven’t lied to us about everything else….
I get it… but I don’t love it.December 23, 2022 at 07:06 #74265
This is more my speed….
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Ahhhh! Streamline Moderne.
Merry Christmas, everyone. And here’s a toast to Torchie!December 23, 2022 at 17:50 #74269Mild MitchParticipant
Hmmm not much trunk space. Or is it the Boot?December 23, 2022 at 23:38 #74273December 24, 2022 at 04:53 #74276Mild MitchParticipant
I like the car Q posted. Someone needs to restore it 😉December 28, 2022 at 14:31 #74283Gregory MartinParticipant
We haven’t completely decided on the driveline as of yet. Although we are leaning towards a modern setup such as late model v8, v10 or even 12 cylinder power plant.December 31, 2022 at 21:27 #74290
<p style=”text-align: left;”>It will be a fun project to undertake.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Given that it’s likely an original Duesenberg driveline would soak up 90% of the budget I think the logical solution is a modern driveline.
I’d keep an eye out for a BMW or Mercedes’v12 which are surprisingly available at reasonable cost…. As long as all the computer monitoring can be sorted….???</p>
My mate has two Duesenberg chassis and engines but they are both earmarked for disappearing top roadsters…. (Which they once both were.) They are probably 150 plus inch wheelbase. Look like truck chassis…
I’d be interested in what the wheelbase scale is.
my 39 Packard and Cadillac are both 126 inches.
Actually a 59/60 Cadillac driveline is a very good choice. Coil springs all around. Dependable and simple, no stupid electronics….January 1, 2023 at 17:55 #74291James DParticipant
I feel like theres probably a decent looking design in there, but it’s been so exagerated, it looks like a cartoon version of itself. Amp it down a bit and see what you get.
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