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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Royal Enfield pin-up gains classic status

The racy pin-up girl in the ad for the Royal Enfield GT 500 motorcycle is now a "classic."

Apparently.

The Royal Enfield Parts & Accessories catalog produced by Classic Motorworks slyly refers to the poster babe I call the Enfield Girl as a sort of historical artifact.

According to the 2009 catalog, the 17-inch by 23-inch full-color image is available as a "Genuine poster of a 'Royal Enfield' advertisement from the early part of the century (21st Century)." In other words, the buxom beauty astride a Royal Enfield cafe racer dates all the way back to, maybe, 2004.

Item Z90511 thus can go up on your garage wall (for $7.95 plus shipping) with no danger of offending anyone. After all, she's time tested art, much like the Venus de Milo, but with arms and even some over stretched clothing. But don't call the Louvre to order, call Classic Motorworks at 1-800-201-7472.

Classic Motorworks catalog description of the Enfield Girl ad as being from the early part of the present century go back at least to 2007. As readers of this blog know, it's perfectly true she's a timeless beauty. The Enfield Girl was drawn from a classic pin-up by one of the master artists of the genre. She was set to canvas (so to speak) long before 2004 and you can read the full story here.

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