The Mona Lisa on Wheels, also known as the Baddest of the Bad, and Champion of Champions is a one of a kind show car owned by my friend Adam. It screams potina!
It’s a 1937 GMC Cabover F16C and packs a 454 big block motor, a 4 speed manual transmission, and weighs in at about 7000 lbs. This truck drops jaws no matter where it goes and I was requested to take some photos which I was more than happy to do!
Adam decided to load up one of his other big boy toys that really made a perfect match in my mind. It was a 1912 Harley Davidson motorcycle which is pretty much all original except for the tires and a few rubber hoses for the acetylene fueled lights. The Harley has a twin motor and all matching numbers which is beyond rare to say the least.
The Gear used
For this photo shoot I used my now classic and flat out legendary Sony A7R full frame mirrorless camera. You might be thinking, why would I be using such an old camera when compared to all the new Sony cameras I review? Well, I purchased the A7R when it first came out and to be honest 36mp is more than enough for what I do. In addition, I actually enjoy using manual focus and taking my time to set shots up like this exactly how I want them. Therefore I don’t really need super fast AF for a shoot like this. In addition, I can’t afford crap these days with the kids and all the other expenses I have unfortunately. More to come on that at another time 😉 Please consider using my links when making purchases, I really appreciate the support!
Here is what the 1937 GMC Cabover F16C looked like out of the factory…
The Mona Lisa On Wheels – Currently
Now let’s take a peek at the Mona Lisa on Wheels current day. I absolutely love how they added a long pick-up style bed and slammed it to the ground leaving the dually wheels in back and pretty much everything original otherwise. The bed actually looks original.
As far as the photography goes, the 135mm paired with the full frame camera is just killer for shots like this. Note the background separation and 3d pop these pics have! The owner was extremely happy with the results and I must admit I am as well 🙂 The other lenses were used for the detail shots and wide angle look that I also wanted to capture.
We found this awesome industrial area to pose the truck and it really is a perfect location for a shot like this. I could not have asked for a better spot!