Art Of The Classic Car

Hardcover | September 16, 2013

Photographed byPeter HarholdtbyPeter Bodensteiner

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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.

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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 tha...

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Prewar classic and antique cars—hallowed names like Packard, Duesenberg, Stutz, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Cord, and others. These are the deep-six-figure and million-dollar cars that drive bidders to frenzy at the world’s premiere auction events and that draw thousands to the top concours shows. And now the very best of the best are coll...

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.Official Website: ww...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 12.25 × 10.75 × 1 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:MotorbooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0760344159

ISBN - 13:9780760344156

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Section I: Open Cars
1911 Mercer 35 R Raceabout
1916 Stutz Bearcat
1934 Edsel Ford Model 40 Special Speedster
1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor I
Section II: Roadsters
1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet
1930 Jordan Speedway Series Z Ace
1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster
1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster
1936 Mercedes 540K Special Roadster
1937 Delahaye 135M Roadster
1939 Delage D8-120S Cabriolet
Section III: Coupes
1930 Bentley Speed Six Blue Train Special
1933 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 Aero-Dynamic Coupe
1934 Packard Model 1106 V-12 Sport Coupe
1935 Chrysler Imperial Model C2 Airflow Coupe
1936 Delahaye Model 135M Coupe
1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atlante
1939 Delage D8-120S Cabriolet Aérodynamic Coupé
1937 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza “Xenia” Coupe
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900B
Section IV: Sedans
1931 Duesenberg SJ Convertible
1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow
1934 Hispano-Suiza J-12 Sedanca
1936 Cord 810 Model C92 Beverly Sedan
1941 Chrysler Town & Country
Index

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"Peter Harholdt has beautifully shot each car… a glossy mini-concours…" - AutoWeek