In a world of modern clone-like generic design, it’s sometimes good to break the mould and do something a little different.
That’s where niche design houses take what our own shed-built Garagistas and oily-fingered meddlers have done for years and turn them into production-ready art for those of us less creative, or less talented.
It’s no surprise that this art deco inspired ‘Golden Age’ creation heralds from Miami. Its curves would certainly cause a stir cruising along the strip amongst many more expensive modded up vehicles. Based on the modern running gear of a BMW C400X scooter it has timeless style and an excellent modern pedigree.
Born in the 1930s
The Golden Age scooter has the 1936 KJ Henderson custom motorcycle (pictured above) to thank for those swooping lines. O. Ray Courtney built the KJ in a decade when futuristic design was used on everything from household appliances to vehicles and architecture. Even your average fridge was pretty cool back then! Remember, this was pre World War 2 and motorcycling was still in its infancy.
Courtney was way ahead of his time and built various custom bikes during his lifetime. He was rocking modernism decades before it became fashionable with Italian scooter lovers.
What prompted American design house, Nmoto to use this bike as inspiration for a modern kit scooter? “We at Nmoto have always been inspired by Art Deco design. But we’re also futurists as much as we are classicists,” says company founder Alexander Niznik. Marrying timeless lines with modern capabilities, the Golden Age channels the 1936 Henderson Courtney Prototype while using a new BMW C400X as its basis.”
Who are Nmoto?
Nmoto Studios are an American based design house specialising in modern interpretations of classic motorcycles. They launched with an ambitious project to recreate the legendary 1934 BMW R7 Prototype in 2018. They’re an independent company who use BMW models as the platform to bring their creations to life and are in no way associated, sponsored, or endorsed by BMW.
Handcrafted using traditional techniques each machine is as much a work of art as it is an eye-catching vehicle. It’s likely to be a collector’s item of the future.
The Golden Age model is a limited edition kit. It’s designed around the modern BMW C400X – a futuristic enough scooter in its own right. Customers will already own the BMW scooter and will buy the unpainted kit, which includes everything you need to transform your scooter into something only a maximum of 99 other people will ever own.
What does it cost?
Your kit includes the bodywork, all the necessary parts needed to fit it, the headlight, indicators, windscreen, chrome parts and leather-trimmed seat.
It’s not cheap, the kit costs $7900 (£5700) and then you need to get it painted to the colour of your choice. Style and exclusivity were never meant to be cheap commodities though.
Order one now
The Golden Age order books are open now and delivery is expected in August. If you want to get your name down on what is a very exclusive scooter kit you can find Nmoto here.
Scootacars and the like are no stranger to the pages of ScooterLab. We’ve featured two from our own plastics supremo, Nigel. His Burt Munro inspired La Bomba and his Scootacar. We’ve also featured the wacky creations of Garagista Sean. You can check back on those features whilst you’re sat at home on furlough.
Nmoto Golden Age gallery