Arzens La Baleine (FRANCE, 1938)

AutoCult GmbH was founded in the beginning of 2015, by a team that can look back on many years of successful experience in the model car business. True to their brand and company name they are dedicated to realizing long since forgotten automobiles, which stand out due to their extraordinary shape or groundbreaking construction, as miniatures. The focus is not only on the model itself but also the story and information behind each car. In this way, AutoCult tries to resurrect long since forgotten brands in miniature form. Each of their models is handcrafted in resin, and subject to strict quality controls and a limited build of 333 pieces

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The Whale of Paris

The Frenchman Paul Arzens graduated in beaux-arts, and was said to be a great talent of his time and was able to earn a successful living with his creative work.

 

In the first half of the 1930’s he got into automobiles and eventually designed his own in 1938. The car was based on the chassis of a 1928 Buick, powered by a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine, producing 68 hp and with a length of seven meters – far longer than common production vehicles.

 

Large overhangs at the front and rear end characterized the exceptionally long visual appearance of the car. A striking feature of Paul Arzens’ body design was an extravagant radiator front.  An eye catcher was definitely the centered, slightly protruding “nose” of the car, which appeared quite strange and abstract to the neutral viewer. On a closer look, however, it became apparent that behind the thin metal bars on both sides of the nose two headlights found their place. Overall a famous sea mammal guided the design of Paul Arzens’ car. The metal bars at the front should be reminiscent of the barbels of a whale. And indeed, when one gets used to the idea and with some imagination, it is recognizable that the mouth of a whale served as an inspiration for the front end. Matching to its look, Arzens christened his car “La Baleine”; French for “the whale”. He drove his “whale” until he died in the age of 87 years in 1990.

 

Today the unique convertible is on exhibition at the museum Citéde l’Automobile – Musée National – Collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France. 

 

 

#04017 resin limited build of 333   1/43 scale  164mm

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AUTOCULT

AutoCult GmbH was founded in the beginning of 2015, by a team that can look back on many years of successful experience in the model car business. True to their brand and company name they are dedicated to realizing long since forgotten automobiles, which stand out due to their extraordinary shape or groundbreaking construction, as miniatures. The focus is not only on the model itself but also the story and information behind each car. In this way, AutoCult tries to resurrect long since forgotten brands in miniature form. Each of their models is handcrafted in resin, and subject to strict quality controls and a limited build of 333 pieces

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Weight 1.525 kg

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