Futuristic Traditionalism - The Auto Fabrica Type 18

Words: Scott Blackburn

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Set out in Southend-on-Sea, Auto Fabrica were founded in 2013 by brothers Bujar and Gazmend Muharremi. Their remit is stunning custom motorcycles which aim to balance form with function, with beautiful results.

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Their latest project has been the Type 18. An official collaboration with BMW Motorrad, the Type 18 uses an R nine T as its donor but looks quite far-removed from its old self. This new creation takes inspiration from BMW's aviation heritage and looks like something straight out of a concept sketchbook.

The beating boxer heart is the original from the R nine T, only it's been remapped and now vents through custom exhausts and is fed by open air filters. Suspension at the front end is provided by a set of Maxton SD25 cartridges, fully blacked, and at the rear by a Maxton GP10 built to Auto Fabrica specs, all are fully adjustable.

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The body is a composition of traditional, hand-formed aluminium coachwork and modern 3D printing. Thought and masterful design has been poured into every inch of the Type 18, with an exemplary feature being the indicators. No attempts have been made to conceal the otherwise mundane turning signals, instead they've been made into features in their own right using acrylic and powerful LEDs.

The Type 18 was revealed to the beach-going crowds at this year's Wheels and Waves in Biarritz. As with all their builds, Auto Fabrica will be taking limited orders.

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