Cars

Somehow These Vintage Automotive Photos Are Actually Drawings

From a Japanese man who used to work as a professional illustrator and spent nearly two decades drawing the most accurate motorcycles he knows how, these prints from Seevert Works are absolutely astounding for their realism.

When he draws historical cars, Kenji Shibata does them with such accuracy that they can legitimately be used as historical references for restorers. As a result, he spends much of his time doing research to ensure the information he has is as accurate as possible, like this 1924 Curtiss Special that was built by a then-teenaged Soichiro Honda (yes, that Honda) using an airplane engine. Compare it to the real deal, here.

But his primary passion is motorcycles, and specifically Japanese bikes. He's so into them he tends to get philosophical about his drawings: "Reproductions of some industrial products including motorcycles can exist successfully as merchandise, because they have an inherent value that is beyond the meaning of being industrial product." In other words, don't think of these as drawings, think of them as both works of art and also as informative tools used to gain understanding about the object he's drawn.

Yeah, they're that accurate.

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's in awe of the skill and hard work that goes into each one of these drawings, and right now is only thinking how amazing it is that this 1967 Honda Formula 1 car won its very first race.