Last Call- Less is Moretti Edition


No matter how recherché or symbol of a marque’s impending extinction, there remains a certain point where one simply must give up. Battle scarred and compromised  by rust, one of the few remaining Moretti 750 Tour Du Monde spiders has been exiled to parts car duty, never again to turn a tire in anger.

Still, in death – and rebirth – there exists beauty. The intricate patterns in the dry lakebed like paint, moonscape texture of oxidized steel, and a battered badge conspire to bring a new role to aspects of a now dead car – that of contemplation worthy art work.

Image source: ©2013 Robert Emslie, All Rights Reserved.

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29 responses to “Last Call- Less is Moretti Edition”

  1. dukeisduke Avatar

    Did you pry that off and save it for LongRoofian?

    1. Alff Avatar

      Moretti … the beer is okay but the mustache is exquisite.

      1. $kaycog Avatar

        It tickles.

        1. Alff Avatar

          I really don't know how to respond to that.

          1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            Don't even try… Here, have some whiskey. *throws bottle*

          2. Alff Avatar

            *catches* If only the internets were real.

          3. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            Cheers! Wouldn't that be awesome… You'd get to actually drink discuss with awesome people, and punch purveyors of inane comments in the face instead of ignoring them.

          4. $kaycog Avatar

            Knowing you, that's probably a good thing.

          5. Alff Avatar

            It's unusual that I'm caught speechless like that. I consider myself a fairly cunning linguist.

          6. $kaycog Avatar

            I didn't think you'd blow it off so easily.

          7. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            [youtube x8JRPrwxhAg youtube]

          8. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            Dammit, it was supposed to say "Ding! Ding! Ding!" but my mouse finger suffers from premature submitting.

          9. $kaycog Avatar

            What a hilarious video!

          10. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
            Dean Bigglesworth

            That's what she said! Oh…I'll be in the corner right there.
            We regret to inform you that Funny is temporarily out of stock, we recommend checking out this video. If you don't feel like watching the whole eight minutes, watch it from 4:50. I love it how she loses the drummer at five minutes, and the rhytm guitarists smile when he get's the hang of it.

  2. longrooffan Avatar

    Rob: This is an absolutely fantabulous image. My dad, a professional photographer, would have had a hard time capturing this essence of the marque, the timeliness of its presence, and its unfortunate demise. Again, absolutely fantastic shot.

    1. stigshift Avatar

      I think it's the inclusion of the little white flowers at the top of the Moretti badge, only one being still vibrant and white, the others being in various stages of decay, that make this image so compelling. The fact that the flowers are so tiny and delicate, much as the Moretti was, coupled with the matching colors adds a level of sympathy as well. The more I look, the more I see and appreciate. Beautiful.

  3. JayP2112 Avatar

    At the last Cars and Coffee in DFW, I was checking out cars with a pal when I spotted a '67 fastback cruise in as everyone else was leaving. I bolted to my car in the spectator parking to park along side and was able to get this pic…
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    The owner had it since high school and at one point was red. Repainted the original Gold Lime and gave it a few updates.
    So yea- that was cool.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      That building looks familiar – is that in Plano?

      1. JayP2112 Avatar

        Yep. C&C is at the BMW shop off the tollway and Legacy. You should be there.

        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          Classic BMW? Is that every Saturday, or…?

          1. JayP2112 Avatar

            Yea- first Saturday of the month. Starts about 9-ish and people come in and out until 11.
            Spectator parking in on the north side of the frontage road. There are signs.

    2. Alcology Avatar

      Nice shot! Such a contrast too. I really want to see what their baby would look like. I like them both, but each one has something to detract from the perfect mustang.

    3. SSurfer321 Avatar

      Looks very similar to my Dad's cars. He's got a 65 Fastback and an 05 GT, both in Gold Lime.

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    Hitting a little too close at home with the past Italian glory.
    Back a decade and a half a pal of mine went out to look at a pile of parts that once was a Laverda; nothing much was salvageable so he took the two tank badges and gave one to me. I promptly attached it to my then new denim vest. (In true Laverda fashion, they are 10mm head bolts with 11mm drive nuts; not right for badge mounting but that's what my chain adjusters are. Cracks me up every time.)
    As you can see I'm a hog for shiny metal pins; more than a few have fallen off but that old tank badge is still there. It was a connection to the older Laverdas when I got it, but now as I see it deteriorating it's become a reminder that my bike is now one of those old Laverdas, and if I don't get on the stick some jackass is going to be wearing my tank badge.
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    1. Guest Avatar

      "I like the look of this RV from the back, it's nice and round like an Airstream. I imagine the front is OHDAMMITSOMUCH."

  5. B72 Avatar

    Moretti. You were too slow. Now it is less ready.

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