By Henry Bodkin
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Videographer / director: Robert Nemeti
Producer: Crystal Chung, Nick Johnson
Editor: Jack Stevens
Created by Romanian Peter Szabo, the vehicle took more than 4,500 hours to build over three years and cost $20,000 in hard ash wood.
Nicknamed ‘Julia', the vehicle combines the retro lines and old school growl of a classic automobile with modern innovations such as tablet-controlled headlights and music.
“After building a wooden carriage I said I wanted a bigger challenge,” said Peter.
“It’s very rare to find a hard wood concept car of very good quality. It’s almost impossible to find it anywhere in the world.
“It was a hard time for me but also a happy time. It was a great happiness for me to build it.”
Julia became such a large project that after one year Peter was forced to build a bigger workshop because his current space was no longer fit for purpose.
Now complete, he likes nothing better than driving the unique car around his home village - and receiving admiring waves from his neighbours.
“The reaction of people makes me happy,” he said.
“Here in Romania a lot of people work with their hands and they know that to build something with your hands is difficult. They appreciate it.”
The car travels comfortably around the village at 50 or 60 mph, but Peter is confident Julia will achieve faster speeds once her is able to take her on the highway.
And with Julia under his belt, Peter is already planning his next project – another wooden car with a ‘futuristic’ design and an electric engine.