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1927 Calumet Sixty Special by MikeDoscher 1927 Calumet Sixty Special by MikeDoscher
Following the conclusion of the Second Barsoom War, the diffusion of alien technology into consumer goods accelerated exponentially. Martian technomancy was adapted to make grav-resist vehicles not only possible but practical as well.

Here we see the 1927 Calumet Sixty Special, one of the first generation of civilian grav cars to use the new Lileks-Janney Composite Drive. While most examples were built on Earth, it was also manufactured under license by Borgward at their New Dearborn facility on Telemachus.

This particular example was made famous by its use by the Butler Gang on their string of high-profile crimes across southern Italy. They were never brought to justice, despite the best efforts of law enforcement across all the Worlds and Parallels. It was speculated that unsafe performance modifications made to the Lileks-Janney Drive caused a quantum implosion event, but this is mere guesswork. Even now treasure hunters comb the depths of the Adriatic, looking for the lost fortune in black diamonds and Venusian paramercury.
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luisitopina Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I can already see gangsters coming out from it! Awesome job!
HodrodderX Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Got a touch of a 1936 Cord nose - great artwork.
JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Cool!   The 20s had a style and a sense of cool we will not see the likes of again any time soon.
Kyran-Phelan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I absolutely love the early automobile aesthetic and the 20's deco styling. This is an amazing visual design that really shows amazing ingenuity and showcases the best of retro science fiction art.
decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another fine piece of art.
maxcool111 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
looks like a FallOut car.
aquiresville Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
A wildly wonderful rendering, Mike, with some terrific touches, including your written history (Bonus!). Even though it's a "1927," I enjoy that you've borrowed the best of the Fifties for Deco (including the rooftop tail lights, which appeared on the late fifties Caddy Ambulances). I really like the soft, painterly style (versus a poly-shiny rendering), which adds to the Retro appeal. Fantastic details in the front end with the ribbed chrome, the intake grill, and those multiple wings! Fave'd!
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it. =)

The year is definitely off for many of the design elements, but it does have kind of a peculiar background. The Calumet is actually from a story inside of a story. In my 'Titan City' continuity there's a massive tourist aerostat above Venus in the year 2250 themed as to what they think 1927 would have thought 2200 would have looked like. The car is from the book/game/IP/whatever that inspired the aesthetic. It's kind of a copy of a copy of a copy.
aquiresville Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really like that explanation, and it makes perfect sense -- we always tend to "re-imagine" the past, don't we. And with a 270-year gap, the re-imaginings would tend to be wild and over-encompassing! Beautiful work! Cheers, Roger
GalaxyZento Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice, explanation AND art!
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