12 Months of Gear Art. It’s more challenging than you may think.


Perhaps you’ve seen our annual Winzeler Gear Art Calendar. Each year, we create 12 images portraying our gears as beautiful objects in unexpectedly artful surroundings, and create a central theme linking them together.

Since one of our passions is the art of cars, it was only logical for our creative team to make that the theme of our 2014 calendar.  And with no shortage of classic cars in the Chicago area, it sounded somewhat easy to accomplish.

What were we thinking?

It is one thing to integrate Gear Art into a single, beautifully sculpted creation of plastic, steel and glass. It is quite another to access twelve of the most exotic and famous cars in the world, photograph each one and come up with the common thread connecting these images into a single, cohesive calendar.

For that to happen, we needed collaboration. Fortunately, we found generous people, like the owners of the turbo Porsche and Tesla, who graciously let us into their garages. Equally generous were the folks at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL, who gave Photographer/Artist Erich Schrempp permission to take shots of their priceless, unique vehicles.

We also owe thanks to the Chicago-area Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes dealers who not only welcomed us, but rearranged their showrooms just so we could capture photos of their priceless, unique vehicles.

Without this amount of collaboration, our calendar would not have been possible.  We thank each one for their help over the last several months.

Here are a few details about the cars featured in our 2014 calendar, month by month. I’ve included links to each of the dealers in case you want to stop in and drive one home.

January – Mercedes Benz SLS Coup

  • Price:   $202,105.00
  • Vehicle Type: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, coupe
  • Engine: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
  • Displacement: 379 cu in, 6208 cc
  • Power: 583 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Torque: 479 lbs-ft. @ 7200 rpm
  • Acceleration:  Zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds
  • Top speed:  197 mph

For more information contact:  Jim Vanides, Mercedes Benz of Elmbrook, WI, www.mbofelmbrook.com.

February – 1955 Ford Crown Victoria

  • Price:   $ 63,000.00 (Appraised value)
  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door coupe, glass roof, rear wheel drive
  • Engine:  V-8
  • Displacement: 272 cu in

Fordomatic transmission, Tropical Rose/Snowshoe White paint. Options include glass roof, twin antennas, dual exhaust, fender skirts.

March – 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport

  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door convertible
  • Engine:  V-8
  • Displacement: 327 cu in, with four-barrel carburetor

Automatic transmission; royal plum exterior, black interior. Options include hidden headlights, rally wheels, nose stripe, dual exhaust, red line tires.

April – 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

  • Price:   $217,300.00
  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door roadster, all-wheel-drive
  • Engine:  V-10
  • Displacement:  5 liter
  • Power:  512 hp
  • Acceleration:  Zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed:  201 mph

May – Ferrari 458 Italia Spider

  • Price:  $369,990.00
  • Vehicle Type:  Mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
  • Engine: 4.5 liter DOHC 32-valve V-8
  • Power:  562 hp
  • Torque:  398 lbs-ft.
  • Acceleration:  Zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds
  • Top Speed:  199 mph

For more information, contact: Jeff DiSandro, Continental Auto Sports.

June – 1957 Chevrolet Belair Convertible

  • Price:   $95,000 (Appraised value)
  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door convertible
  • Engine:  V-8 with dual quad carburetors
  • Displacement:  283 cu in
  • Power:  300 hp

Three-speed manual transmission, Imperial Ivory and red paint.

July – 1966 Batmobile

  • Price:   $4,200,000 (January 2013 sales price)
  • Vehicle Type:  Lincoln Futura concept car
  • Engine:  V-8
  • Displacement:  390 cu in

B&M Hydro 3-speed automatic (2nd transmission), Velvet Bat-Fuzz Black paint.

August – 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

  • Price:   $148,300.00
  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door coupe
  • Engine:   6-cylinder flat
  • Displacement:  3.81 liter
  • Power:  530 hp
  • Torque:  516 lbs-ft.
  • Acceleration:  Zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 195 mph

September – 1935 Duesenberg LaGrande Torpedo

  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door coupe
  • Engine:  Straight 8 cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
  • Displacement:  6.9 liter, 420 cu in
  • Power:  320 hp

October – MP4-12C Project Alpha N

  • Price:   $337,323.00
  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door coupe
  • Engine: 3.8 liter, twin turbo V-8
  • Power:  616 hp
  • Torque:   443 lbs-ft.
  • Top Speed:  205 mph
  • Acceleration:  Zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds

Note: The Orange McLaren was sold the day after we photographed it for our calendar. Rob Mancuso of McLaren Chicago Downtown has commissioned six Project Alpha cars for his most discerning customers.  Each will include all available options for the MP4-12C, and offer the functional upgrades due out on the 2013 model, including 616 hp, revised shift and throttle logic, and a retuned exhaust.

The Project Alpha Mac features a host of cosmetic upgrades, too, which set it apart from the, uh, pack. A gloss black finish can be found on the roof, front splitter, rear deck lid and inner surfacing of the wheels, while carbon fiber rear vents and front fender louvers complete the exterior modifications. In the cabin, badging on the driver’s door identifies the model, and “Project Alpha” branding hammers the message home.

Expected retail price for the MP4-12C Project Alpha is around $335,000; four of the six commissioned models have already been sold. For more information, contact: Rob Mancuso, McLaren Chicago Downtown.


November – 1967 Shelby GT500

  • One of just 11 constructed; starred as Eleanor in the movie, Gone in 60 Seconds
  • Vehicle Type:  Two-door fastback
  • Engine:  V-8
  • Displacement: 7.1 liter
  • Power:  355 hp
  • Torque:  420 lbs-ft.


December – 2013 Tesla Model S

  • Price:  $106,570.00
  • Vehicle Type:  Four-door sedan
  • Engine:  Three-phase, four-pole AC induction motor with copper rotor
  • Power:   416 hp
  • Torque:  443 lbs-ft.
  • Acceleration:  Zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed:  133 mph

About John Winzeler

John Winzeler, president and owner of Winzeler Gear, creates a unique manufacturing environment by combining his passions for art, fashion, cars and gears. The result is one of the premier international designers and manufacturers of precision plastic gears.

View all posts by John Winzeler →

One Response to 12 Months of Gear Art. It’s more challenging than you may think.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *