Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything

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The ultimate car book-a love letter to the most beautiful 86 cars ever manufactured by an award -winning car columnist and important cultural and design critic.
The story of the car is the story of how objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. Memorials of our tastes, yearnings, and capabilities, these machines have layers of meaning and can (as Henry Ford knew) be read like a book . . if only you know how.
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The ultimate car book-a love letter to the most beautiful 86 cars ever manufactured by an award -winning car columnist and important cultural and design critic.
The story of the car is the story of how objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. Memorials of our tastes, yearnings, and capabilities, these machines have layers of meaning and can (as Henry Ford knew) be read like a book . . if only you know how.
Stephen Bayley, car columnist, design authority and cultural commentator knows how, and in this opinionated volume, presents a spectacular study of achievements in car design. Bayley's 86 favorite designs range from the 1908 Ford Model T, to the 1961 Jaguar E-Type, to the 2003 BMW 5. All presented in chronological order, each automobile also makes a statement about the national character of the country of manufacture.
In addition, hundreds of ravishing photographs (including full-body, interior and detail shots) and an elegant slipcase, make CARS the perfect gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados.
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Have you ever heard of a Lincoln Zephyr? Turn to page 42 of this luxurious book, and see for yourself the 1935 model of that extraordinarily styled automobile. Style is what this oversized beauty of a book (which is itself the epitome of style) is all about. Accomplished automotive writer Bayley begins his breathtaking album of stunning black-and-white photographs with the bold statement: "Car design is one of the distinctive, even defining, art forms of the twenty-first century." Further, he argues, car design is "our age's singular contribution to cultural history." Each car [was] selected because it "changed the conventional wisdom, lifted the game, raised the bar" in terms of style... Check out, in particular, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Wow! American opulence at its most dramatic.

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Have you ever heard of a Lincoln Zephyr? Turn to page 42 of this luxurious book, and see for yourself the 1935 model of that extraordinarily styled automobile. Style is what this oversized beauty of a book (which is itself the epitome of style) is all about. Accomplished automotive writer Bayley begins his breathtaking album of stunning black-and-white photographs with the bold statement: "Car design is one of the distinctive, even defining, art forms of the twenty-first century." Further, he argues, car design is "our age's singular contribution to cultural history." Each car [was] selected because it "changed the conventional wisdom, lifted the game, raised the bar" in terms of style... Check out, in particular, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Wow! American opulence at its most dramatic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840915044
  • Publisher: Octopus Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known commentators on modern culture. In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's top artistic honor, by the French Minister of Culture. Since 1990 Stephen Bayley has been a design consultant working on imaginative communications projects for Ford, Jaguar, Fiat, Audi and BMW amongst others, and wrote the creative strategy for Mercedes-Benz' advertisements. He has written for Car magazine for the past 25 years. Stephen was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in GQ (which ran for about eight years) and he wrote very popular regular car columns for The Daily Telegraph and Management Today. He is also well- known as an outspoken commentator on art and design and contributes regularly to The Times, The Daily Mail, The OBserver, The Los Angeles Times, High Life, as well as many trade and professional publications.
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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Perfect for Gift Giving

    I had seen this book reviewed in a magazine and knew it would be the perfect gift for a man, as well as the perfect coffee table book. The cover is awesome with it's suede fabric and it is kept protected in a beautiful box. Now it was time to find the perfect man to give it to. My brother's 50th birthday was coming up and I decided to plan his birthday party around the theme of the book. I bought the book and decorated the area with black and white decorations. I had the cake decorated with a retro theme in the same colors. Inside the book I wrote "Just like the cars in this book - you are a Classic". His surprise party was a success!! And he loved the book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    beautiful photography!

    Great book...beautiful photography! Gave as a Christmas gift to a car collector and he loved it.

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