Strange but True Tales of Car Collecting: Drowned Bugattis, Buried Belvederes, Felonious Ferraris and other Wild Stories of Automotive Misadventure

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Most car collectors exhibit a healthy enthusiasm for their favorite hobby, a tendency to dig into their favorite marques, chase parts, swap stories, and generally live the car-guy life. Some, however, step over that fine line between enthusiasm and obsession—and that’s the place from which spring the legendary car-collector stories.
 
In Strange but True Tales of Car Collecting, Keith Martin and the staff of Sport Car Market Magazine ...

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Overview

Most car collectors exhibit a healthy enthusiasm for their favorite hobby, a tendency to dig into their favorite marques, chase parts, swap stories, and generally live the car-guy life. Some, however, step over that fine line between enthusiasm and obsession—and that’s the place from which spring the legendary car-collector stories.
 
In Strange but True Tales of Car Collecting, Keith Martin and the staff of Sport Car Market Magazine recount the wildest car-collecting stories of all time, focusing on tales of the most eccentric and over-the-top collectors and collections. Have you heard of the fellow who squirrelled away dozens of Chevelles, Camaros, and other classic muscle cars in semi trailers? How about the president of Shakespeare fishing rods who in the 1960s sold 30 now-priceless Bugattis for a mere $85,000? The English nobleman who cut up and buried his Ferrari horde in an elaborate insurance scam? Or how about the Duesenberg abandoned in a Manhattan parking garage for decades and uncovered by Tonight Show host Jay Leno?
 
These are just a few of the amazing stories explored in this entertaining book, a must-have title for any car enthusiast. Both car collectors and fans of outrageous classic car, muscle car, and sports car stories will find entertainment in these tales of collectors who’ve gone off the rails.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This likable book serves as a “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” for car obsessives, minus the nifty cartoons. Drowned Bugattis lurk here, along with Ferraris in flames and Steve McQueen’s $70,000 sunglasses. There are also pulse-quickening incantations like a Duesenberg Model X and Shelby 427 Cobra Super Snake, and even a few celebs — Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (and his 93 Rolls-Royces)." – The New York Times
 
“All of the stories are fascinating, interesting, and make for hours of “oh my gosh” reading.” – Victory Lane
 
“Martin has crafted a joyous, delicious series of tales that should be on the shelf of every true collector, should be praised and accorded the prizes that only a genre-changer of this importance deserves. Keith Martin has done it again and it is a masterpiece.”  – Sports Car Market
 
“Every car collector loves a crazy car story, and there are plenty in this book by Keith Martin and Sports Car Market. Perhaps it will keep the car nuts on your list occupied enough to avoid seeking out adventures of their own.”  – Seattle Times
 
“This is the perfect bathroom book. As the found and publisher of Sports Car Market magazine, Martin’s extensive knowledge, concise chapters and witty writing style make for whimsical reading. There’s nothing scholarly here, it’s just a whole lot of fun.”  – The Virginian Pilot
From the Publisher
"This likable book serves as a “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” for car obsessives, minus the nifty cartoons. Drowned Bugattis lurk here, along with Ferraris in flames and Steve McQueen’s $70,000 sunglasses. There are also pulse-quickening incantations like a Duesenberg Model X and Shelby 427 Cobra Super Snake, and even a few celebs — Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (and his 93 Rolls-Royces)." – The New York Times
 
“All of the stories are fascinating, interesting, and make for hours of “oh my gosh” reading.” – Victory Lane
 
“Martin has crafted a joyous, delicious series of tales that should be on the shelf of every true collector, should be praised and accorded the prizes that only a genre-changer of this importance deserves. Keith Martin has done it again and it is a masterpiece.”  – Sports Car Market
 
“Every car collector loves a crazy car story, and there are plenty in this book by Keith Martin and Sports Car Market. Perhaps it will keep the car nuts on your list occupied enough to avoid seeking out adventures of their own.”  – Seattle Times
 
“This is the perfect bathroom book. As the found and publisher of Sports Car Market magazine, Martin’s extensive knowledge, concise chapters and witty writing style make for whimsical reading. There’s nothing scholarly here, it’s just a whole lot of fun.”  – The Virginian Pilot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760344002
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 8/26/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition, First
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 161,048
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Martin (Portland, OR) has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator, and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors throughout the world. Keith founded the Sports Car Market magazine 20 years ago, and it has developed into the authoritative, informed voice of the collector car hobby.

www.sportscarmarket.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Section  No. 1   Fame & Fortune
The $16.4 Million Ferrari
The O’Quinn Collection
The Bill Cosby Super Snake
Jay Leno’s Duesenberg
The Real Chitty Bang Bang
Fraudulent Lord Brocket
Steve McQueen’s Sunglasses
Lord Brocket Strikes Again
The Cobra Rises
The $4.4 Million Barn Find Bugatti
A Car of a Different Color
The Jeffries Porsche

Section  No. 2   Wrecks & Ruins
The Buried Belvedere
Fiery History of the Jaguar XKSS
A Princely Collection Rots
The Forgotten Ferrari GTO
The Lost Norseman
The Bugatti in the Lake
The Veyron in the Lake
Pikeville Purgatory
The Junkyard Ferrari

Section  No. 3   Stranger Than Fiction
The Bhagwan’s 93 Rolls-Royces
The One-Piece-at-a-Time Cadillac
The Anything Cars
Knee-Steering Besasie Cars
The Portuguese Barn Find
The Devin-bodied Ferrari
The Lost and Found Aston Martin DB4
Buried in Ferrari
The Purloined 500K
Lance Miller’s Quest
The Pontiac Ghost Cars
The Green Bay Parts Packer
Trainload of Bugattis
The Amphicar
The Bubble-screened Boondoggle

Index

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