News // Art on Wheels at CoolNVintage
Someone’s shot of whisky – the Vasco Costa Art Defender 110 is complete
‘We’d rather be someone’s shot of whisky than everyone’s cup of tea’ boasts the email update from Lisbon, Portugal based CoolNVintage that landed in my inbox earlier today.
Ah, the Vasco Costa Defender 110 is finished!
Sports Car Safari visited CoolNVintage for our Issue 02 cover story, and it while exploring their immaculate workshop it was virtually impossible not to notice the elaborately painted chassis leaning against one of the walls. A few images of it were included in our story, surely noticed by the more eagle-eyed readers.
It is the hand-painted work of local artist Vasco Costa, and the various surfaces have been used to colourfully highlight aspects of beautiful Lisbon. One of the rear chassis rails hosts depictions of the stones and turrets of the hilltop Castelo de Sao Jorge, which overlooks the city. Another shows the iconic 25 de Abril suspension bridge. There are images of the city’s famous trams, fig tree leaves, and the odd smiley face for good measure.
While there, we couldn’t help but wonder how it would be used. Was it never to be used, always on display? Would the body sitting atop it be equally decorated?
Wrong on all accounts. One of the primary things that attracted us to CoolNVintage was its founder, Ricardo’s, mantra that cars are here to improve our lives, not the other way around. And if they aren’t improving our lives and available for adventures, then what’s the point in having them?
It makes perfect sense, then, that this chassis would be built into a fully functioning Defender 110, its V8 motor tuned, Fox suspension primed, and ready for whatever adventure you wish to throw its way.
It’s a simultaneous nod to the parallel passions of adventure and the arts, and could only have originated from one Lisbon workshop.