Ultimate Collector Cars
The stories behind 100 of the world's most desirable cars
Famous First Edition: First edition of 10,000 numbered copies
From the adrenaline-fuelled 24 Hours of Le Mans to the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lake Como's famous Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este to the premier Monterey Car Week, the collector car calendar and market has shown one of the most extraordinary growth in recent years progress. As thousands flock to specialist rallies, rallies, auctions and Concours d'Elegance around the world, the asking prices for the rarest of engines have risen higher and higher. So much so that the value of the 100 cars included in this book exceeds a staggering $1 billion.
For the seasoned car collector or the amazed newcomer, this double volume is the ultimate collector car anthology. Collected 100 of the most exquisite, remarkable and desirable cars of all time to tell an enchanting story of automotive design and engineering in the relentless pursuit of ever-improving performance both on and off the track, from the first Indy 500 winner 1910 Marmon Wasp to the futuristic 2020 Aston Martin Valkyrie.
Rounds ahead of any generic catalogue, this superlative volume exudes authority and elegance, settling for nothing less than the very best of the best and presenting each model with the lavish spreads it deserves, complete with stunning images taken by the world's leading automotive photographers alongside rare archival treasures, from original factory photos to famous motorsport event posters. Each entry is also accompanied by expert descriptions and specifications detailing each car's make, model, year, engine size, horsepower, top speed, transmission and all important production numbers.
Passionately drawing on their transatlantic expertise and insider knowledge of car auctions, museums and collections around the world, design writers Peter and Charlotte Fiell examine the autoworld's best cars of all time. Their carefully curated selection spans the entire history of the car, taking in such rare models as a 1912 Stutz Model A Bearcat, as well as lesser-known gems such as the stunning 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS "Goutte d'Eau" Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi.
This definitive compendium features a foreword by Rob Myers, the founder of RM Sotheby's, and includes an introduction from the authors, providing a unique perspective on the ins and outs of car collecting at the highest level. The main content is interrupted by interviews with Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum; The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival; Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance; John Collins, leading dealer of historic Ferraris; and Shelby Myers, Global Head of Private Sales at RM Sotheby's, who offers key personal insights into the world of car collecting.
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