Ultimate collector cars

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Ultimate collector cars

From the adrenaline-fuelled 24 Hours of Le Mans to the legendary Festival of Speed at Goodwood, from the famous Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance on Lake Como to the first Monterey Motor Week, the collector car calendar and market are experiencing one of the most extraordinary developments in recent years. Thousands of enthusiasts are attending rallies, auctions, and competitions around the world, and the asking prices for the rarest models have continued to rise, to the point where the combined value of the 100 models featured in this book exceeds $1 billion. Whether it appeals to the seasoned collector or the amazed enthusiast, this book is the definitive anthology of the classic car. A triumph of automotive expertise, it highlights the 100 most magnificent, remarkable, and coveted models of all time to tell the compelling story of a creative and technical adventure, the relentless pursuit of ever-better performance on and off the track, from the first Marmon Wasp to win the Indy 500 to the futuristic Valkyrie released by Aston Martin in 2020.

A world away from generic catalogues, it exudes authority and elegance and focuses on the best of the best. Each of these extraordinary models is presented with the sumptuousness it deserves, with stunning images from the world's leading motoring photographers and rare and valuable archive material, from original factory photos to posters of famous motoring events. Each model is also the subject of a detailed description of its specific features - make, model, year, engine size, transmission type and sacrosanct production data are all there. Thanks to the transatlantic expertise of renowned design authors Peter and Charlotte Fiell, who have drawn on their experience and knowledge of auctions, museums and car collections around the world, this ultimate in car beauty is both stunningly beautiful and internationally significant. This selection also traces the history of the automobile, with rare models such as Stutz's Bearcat Model A (1912) and little-known gems such as Figoni and Falaschi's incredible Talbot-Lago T150-C SS "Goutte d'Eau" Coupe (1937).

This exceptional catalogue is preceded by a foreword by Rob Myers, founder of RM Sotheby's, and an introduction by the authors that provides a unique perspective on the ins and outs of the industry at the highest level. The iconographic content is interspersed with in-depth interviews with Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the sublime Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum; the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, creator of the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival; Sandra Button, president of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance; John Collins, the world's leading dealer of vintage Ferraris; and Shelby Myers, head of private sales at RM Sotheby's, who share a wealth of insider information on the world of collector cars.

Book in English only.

Composition2 volume set, 904 pages, colour illustrations.
Dimensions37 x 29 cm
Packaging, wrappingTaschen cardboard
ThemeTransport / Land transport / Motor vehicles
Author(s)Charlotte & Peter Fiell


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