A lineup of models from Chrysler's various marques, including Chrysler itself, Dodge, DeSoto, Imperial, and Plymouth—plus a get fighter aircraft—adorn this photograph from a 1956 magazine advertisement.
The 3000 was the epitome of late 1950s' sports-car style, and looked especially stylish with its spoked wheels and two-tone bodywork.
Austin-Healeys were intended for fast, open-top motoring and so, despite the beautiful exterior, they were quite basic inside to keep their weight and bulk to a minimum.
"I couldn't find the sports car I dreamed of, so I decided to build it myself."
All of them were designed with the same aim in mind: to offer clean-cut style, drama, and elegance that even the best sedans—which inevitably had to make more compromises in the name of practicality—could scarcely hope to match.
"When I see an Alfa Romeo, I lift my hat." Henry Ford
Few things ignite such reverence as a classic car. With more than 250 iconic models from the 1940s to the 1980s, photographed from every angle, this title is a glorious celebration of the stars in the classic car firmament.
Edited by award-winning automotive journalist Giles Chapman, Classic Car brings you the story of more than 20 great marques, including household names Bentley, Mercedes, Ferrari, Cadillac, and Aston Martin. Its lavish photography reveals every detail in close-ups of models that range from the 1940s giant two-ton Daimler DE36, which ferried royals about in style, through to sleek Ferraris from the 1980s capable of smashing the 200mph barrier. It puts you in the driving seat of such icons as the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Thunderbird, and the Mercedes 300SL and brings you the designers of these amazing machines and the story of their manufacturers.
Whether you dream of owning one of these super-cool cars or you are a collector already, Classic Car is set to become a treasured favorite.
"[T]his is a book to savor, to be pored over time and again." — Booklist (Starred Review)
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