The airship was a jalopyS

It was made out of pieces of everything: old jet cones, cruise liners, truck shells. But it flew. Covered in antennae technology from four different decades, and polished to a sheen, that ship was a marvel of speculative mechanical engineering.

The airship was a jalopyS

She'd been stationed on other ships, but they all seemed drab by comparison. Their parts were standardized. Their operating systems were supported by major vendors.

The airship was a jalopyS

Growing up at the airfield meant she learned early that only some ships ever make the jump from machine to animal. You knew the animals when you saw them - they were ships like the jalopy, always mutating and moulting with the seasons. They became unique; their complexities outran the manuals. You never rode aboard such ships. You flew with them.

Art by Giuseppe Severino. See more like this on Severino's website (spotted on Concept Ships).