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Art of the classic car
Bodensteiner, Peter.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Motorbooks, 2013.
Physical Description:
223 pages ; 27 x 31 cm
"Art of the Classic Car showcases the most beautiful and in some cases rare vehicles of the early 20th century. Each car is showcased with breathtaking photography and coupled with explicit, informative prose detailing the particular history of each model"-Provided by publisher.
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Includes index.
Open cars. 1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout ; 1916 Stutz Bearcat ; 1934 Edsel Ford Model 40 Special Speedster ; 1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor I -- Convertibles. 1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet ; 1930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster ; 1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster ; 1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster ; 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster ; 1937 Delahaye 135MS Roadster ; 1939 Delage D8-120S Cabriolet -- Coupes. 1930 Bentley Speed Six Blue Train Special ; 1933 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 Aero-Dynamic Coupe ; 1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 V-12 Sport Coupe ; 1935 Chrysler Imperial Model C2 Airflow Coupe ; 1936 Delahaye Model 135 M Coupe ; 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante ; 1937 Delage D8-120S Aérodynamic Coupe ; 1938 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza H-6C "Xenia" Coupe ; 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900B -- Sedans. 1931 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Sedan ; 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow ; 1934 Hispano-Suiza J-12 Sedanca ; 1936 Cord 810 Model C92 Beverly Sedan ; 1941 Chrysler Town & Country.
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The rarity and historical significance of prewar classic and antique cars make them hot commodities on the collector car market. These are the automobiles that populate the fairways and manicured lawns of the world's greatest car shows in alluring locales like Pebble Beach, California, and Amelia Island, Florida. These are the cars that bring a hush to the hall when they roll across the blocks at auctions around the world. These are the cars that fill the world's greatest collections, like those of Ralph Lauren, Mark Knopfler, and various members of royal families. These are the cars from history's premiere automakers: hallowed names like Packard, Duesenberg, Stutz, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Cord, and others--six-figure and million-dollar machines that thrill Barrett-Jackson audiences and drive bidders to frenzy. Art of the Classic Car features the stunning studio photography of Peter Harholdt ( Art of the Hot Rod , Art of the Muscle Car ), lavished on the most significant automobiles from the classic era: the 1910s to early 1940s. Every page contains framable-quality portraits of some of the most important cars ever made, with each car accompanied by a short essay from automotive expert Peter Bodensteiner that places the model contextually within automotive history. Complete with period ads and promotional art, Art of the Classic Car is the most beautiful pictorial history of classic cars ever produced.

Author Notes

Peter Harholdt is a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer. He has been trusted to photograph countless priceless works of art for museums and exhibit catalogs. He first developed his portable studio to create the stunning hot rod portraits featured in Motorbooks' Art of the Hot Rod .

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Peter Bodensteiner (Vadnais Heights, MN) is the founder of Stance & Speed, a niche publishing company devoted to providing the very best books for automotive enthusiasts.

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Library Journal Review

For folks who enjoy the automobile as art, here is another sumptuous coffee-table book from Motorbooks. Photographer Harholdt (The Allure of the Automobile: Driving in Style, 1930-1965) gives classic cars the full treatment, with an oversize spread shot of each automobile and smaller photos of the engine, the interior and upholstery, and any other attractive parts, such as the hood ornaments. The classic cars included range from a 1911 Mercer 351L Runabout to the 1941 Chrysler Town & Country, with the rest of the cars from the 1920s and 1930s. -Duesenbergs, Delahayes, and other rare vehicles only seen in museums or at prestigious car shows star on these pages. There is minimal text by Bodensteiner (founder, Stance & Speed Pub.), just enough to identify the car, a few specifications, and sometimes a tidbit of interest-the book explains that the 1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster photographed here was a gift from actress Carole Lombard to her husband Clark Gable. -VERDICT The images have such a luxurious feel that the reader almost suffers guilt just paging through the volume. Lovers of classics cars will want to have this in their collection, and libraries will find this a worthy addition to collections on automotive history and design.-Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.