Sunday, October 7, 2018

Retro Auto-Moto Museo in Barcelona!

I was dissapointed to learn that  the motorcycle museum in Barcelona had moved...  it's now in Bassella.  So we set out to see the RAMM a very nice collection of cars and motorcycles in the Gotic Section of Barcelona.

A beautifully restored Senechal 804 'Torpedo'

A Le Zebre Cabriolet... note the simple fender manufacturing (no compound curves) and the cab is simply abruptly merged to the cowl.  The cost savings presented an automobile that was not as stylish, but performed as well as costlier cars at a lower price... a timeless formula for model placement.

Gosh this says Bugatti to me... but it's not!

WOW what a nice Triumph!

A springer Monet - just like new!

Cars of the 20's have a certain cache.  I do like the 30's the most though.

The Benjamin was a low cost touring car.  The simple fabrication of the fenders give it an odd look at a time when most maufacturers were making tooling for stamping out those beautiful curves we find in the 30's! The canvas top was cleverly designed to overlap the top of the windscreen so as to make a water tight seal - if a bit frumpy. Another low cost solution that provided the same water tight result without a molded channel and complicated interface between the canvas and the windscreen frame....

The Radior... a bicycle powered by a new fangled concept - the gasoline engine.

Looks like the designers of this sidecar were impressed with the bullet nose Studebaker!

Not an early  Karmann Ghia, but it  has a lot of those styling cues!

AND NOT an Isetta... it's uncanny how many ideas have come and gone, how so many manufacturers have copied from each other over the years... this shakes my faith in the design studio. Maybe an international travel budget should be part of every automotive styling studio! 

Oh my... so many of the rare motorcycles are here.  I have only read about them.  I thoroughly enjoyed studying the drive trains, the fuel systems, the manufacture of the frames and the ergonomics.... 
What a wonderful day! What's old IS what's new...


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