I have a special Dad, who is currently completing a major restoration on a Mercedes Pagoda 1964 – himself! The finished car should look something like this (though not this colour):
He lives in New Zealand. I was recently visiting, as I live in the Netherlands. So during a long stay with him I set myself the challenge of completing an artistic rendition of the vehicle. I wanted to make him a piece of art that I knew he would be thrilled to hang on his wall. So here it is
For all you car fanatics out there – here’s the low down on what each component is. I am, of course, now very familiar with all the workings of the Pagoda -not!
- 230 SL engine assembly
- 230 SL instrument cluster
- 280 SL Front suspension
- Rear radius arm mounting
- Checking gearbox synchromesh wear
- Front subframe and wishbone layout, King-pin axle.
- Typical 113 series ‘Pagoda’.
- King-pin assembly, 230 SL.
- Fuel injection pump.
- Late series hydraulic master cylinder.
- Rear axle pinion assembly
- Torque curve
- Power curve
By far the most challenging piece was the engine assembly followed by the instrument cluster. I had to transfer the drawing that I had doneof the component parts, onto the linoleum – that always poses difficulties for me as the image never really transfers super cleanly. So I found myself having to fill in the gaps and cut engine parts backwards. It took me a solid month’s work to draw the images and then transpose and cut. Here is a more detailed image of the lino cut itself.
It was an interesting project and I am pleased with the results. My father is thrilled with the end- result and has one framed in his study. Since completing the piece I have been asked to do something similar for a number of other vehicles. So currently working on those.
The final image is 50 x 60 cm. The paper size is 63.5 x 96 cm. It is printed on light cream Simili Japon paper, perfect for a clear printing effect and long term preservation. The ink is a cobalt blue which makes a nice contrast on the creme paper. It is also the colour that was used for detailed technical drawings. But do remember that this is not a technical drawing but an art work.
If you happen to have a Mercedes Pagoda and want your own number plate inserted into the print I can do that too! That’s a very nice way to make it extra special. Just email me at the address below.
There are a limited number of prints. The edition size is 100 prints. The print can be rolled and shipped. If you are interested in a print then please contact me at: email@example.com
For more photos check out my instagram account: Linoceros_girl