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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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:iconluisitopina:
luisitopina Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I can already see gangsters coming out from it! Awesome job!
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:iconhodrodderx:
HodrodderX Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Got a touch of a 1936 Cord nose - great artwork.
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:iconjdunk1971:
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.
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:iconkyran-phelan:
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.
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another fine piece of art.
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:iconmaxcool111:
maxcool111 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Interface Designer
looks like a FallOut car.
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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!
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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.
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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
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GalaxyZento Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice, explanation AND art!
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:iconvega-three:
Vega-Three Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Space-age meets retro design cues... I'm entirely in love with this thing!
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:iconnorthwarden:
Northwarden Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Love it! Wish I had one to drive, er, fly around. :D

B.V.V.
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:iconcadillacstyle:
cadillacstyle Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
This is a cool piece and I like the story,
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:icondarthsemi:
darthsemi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
it's amazing!!
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:iconmaceobennett:
maceobennett Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Now that is awesome!
Love the description too.
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:iconwingnut55:
Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
A slick and sleek getaway car ! So many neat designs in your gallery.
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:iconduraluminwolf:
duraluminwolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
This design (and the backstory) is superbly thought-out.

I must say that this vehicle looks more like something from 1937, rather than 1927.
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:iconfrittmann:
Frittmann Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Your storyline is almost as awesome as the picture. Cheers, from a fellow fan of Barsoomian culture.
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:iconjapanimes:
Japanimes Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
This is so amazing, I don't even know were to start...but this flying car need weapons! Since the engines are in the back(they look very cool but are exposed to shootings), obviously you have the fuel tank in the front. Well, why don't you add a Gatling Gun in the front? You know, like the GAU-8 from A-10 Warthog, you can blend/disguise the muzzle in the central long cromed hood ornament(my favorite position) or in the front grill. This will be usefull for shooting at the competion's chased cars or establishments on the ground or "roadblocks" in front.
Also you need a second (small) Tommy Gun in the top-back, on a popped out rotating turret(for disguise), with an horizontal round magazine chamber above the gun but below the rounded hatch, so you can shoot at the chasing coppers or competition.
Since this is a flying machine you also need a third weapon, also a Tommy Gun just like the one on top(in this case the big Gatling in the front isn't really neccesary but is your choice), but you just can simply have a below nose rotating turret(this means you don't need the Gatling but you have to move those two winglets in the back, most likely on those lateral cromed ornaments at the engines.
Since the car needs to take off vertically, this means tou have a small engine below the car and those in the back have thrust vectoring.
P.S.-the front hatch of the driver needs to be a little bigger because in case of "EJECT, EJECT!"
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gerardway156 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I want one.
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:iconaspis:
Aspis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME! : ) Liking the info as well ; )
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:iconrazorwind666:
Razorwind666 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
this is absolutely beautiful, I love how you've melded the obviously futiristic with the classic shape of 20's era cars.
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:iconhonky-voodoo:
Honky-Voodoo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Writer
I want one. I love the description as well.
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:iconcalebcleveland:
calebcleveland Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Looks like the lovechild between an old Packard and a proton torpedo.
Lovely.
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:iconjakarnilson:
JakarNilson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Am I correct in assuming that the First Barsoom War was won by one human, a certain Gentleman from Virginia?
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:iconmikedoscher:
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ohh, probably. :)
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap: I love the retroness!
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:iconbenwootten:
BenWootten Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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:iconpixelbudah:
pixelbudah Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work mate :D
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VulnePro Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Very cool Mike. I love the long nose/hood this thing has, give it a nice torpedo look to it. The old school criminal spree/bootlegger story adds jut the right touch too. Ace indeed!
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sirdubdub Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
your blending of old and new technologies is simply elegant. This is a great design :clap: A+
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:iconredbeardcreator:
redbeardcreator Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah Nelly... I need me one of them! :+fav:
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:iconteemunkle:
teemunkle Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008   Digital Artist
brilliant design and an amazing back story too.
4doors make better crime-mobiles :) but dont look as hot. :+fav:
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:icongenzeo:
Genzeo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
nice concept:D
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:iconmoondarter:
MoonDarter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
And I though Duesenbergs were long!

Very nice work. Any more to come?
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:iconjordilupo:
JordiLupo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Cool design :clap:
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DRS2406 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
That´s what good SciFi stuff´s made of:a plausible and believeable,nevertheless interesting through futuristic backround story.
Sorry for the word salad.
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:icontracyjb:
tracyjb Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Nice! I love how you incorporate that classy art deco look with your sci-fi vehicle concepts. (And I got a kick out of the backstory as well. XD)
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:iconblackopal:
blackopal Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Beautiful, i love the color and the overall design. It looks like cruela deVils car...robot mafia...
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:iconfabianfucci:
fabianfucci Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Very classy. I bet the instrument panel is brassy all the way!
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:iconloone-wolf:
Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm... alternative history^_^.
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:iconsmilehunter:
Smilehunter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
That's one awesome car! Well done :)
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:iconapotheosi:
Apotheosi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wee! a swooped up gangster car! lolz think it makes al capone's car look bad? XD
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:iconelmafia:
ElMafia Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
This really reminds me of Last Exile. Cool idea and design
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Me too.
Last Exile meets Dick Tracy.
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:iconlord-shot:
Lord-Shot Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome desing, really cool style of the draw and colors.
i hope see one of that cars one days >.<
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:iconmp4cu:
Mp4Cu Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
great job
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:iconcarthoris:
Carthoris Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Reminds me a little of Bruce McCall's work.

Beautiful!
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:icondub-t:
Dub-T Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
What an absolutely wonderful design. Have you considered doing a detailed schematic?
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