Nostalgia meets its inspiration at Lake Como

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The new Nmoto Nostalgia (left) and the BMW R7 prototype from 1934 | Nmoto Studio photos

The 1934 BMW R7 is a motorcycle unicorn, a one-off prototype crafted just before World War II that went missing for nearly 70 years. Discovered in 2005, the Art Deco-designed motorcycle was restored and now resides in the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany.

Though the R7 didn’t go into production, it inspired BMW’s R17 and R5 models, and also Nmoto Studio

BMW organizes the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como and this past weekend it not only brought out the R7, but invited Miami-based Nmoto to display one of its limited-edition R7-inspired Nostalgia motorcycles next to its inspiration.

“It was a tremendous honor,” Nmoto Studio founder Alexander Niznik said in a news release after the event. “To have the interest and approval of BMW – one of the greatest names in motor history – extend an invitation to not just attend this prestigious event but also be prominently showcased, is a compliment beyond words.”

“The Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza is an annual show in the tradition of the first concours d’elegance held here in 1929,” Nmoto Studio added in its news release. “Celebrating the beauty, design and lifestyle of motoring, the glamorous festival is attended by – in addition to automotive enthusiasts – celebrities, fashion scions, business moguls and industry executives.”

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Based on the current BMW R Nine T model, the Nmoto Nostalgia is created using with 96 handcrafted parts to produce a streamlined machine with Art Deco styling and modern performance.

“It’s unlike anything else on the market today and is available in a limited production series,” the company said.

The Nostalgia is a limited-edition motorcycle and has a base price of $49,500. For more information, visit the Nmoto website.


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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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