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Ferrari Legends: Classics of Style and Design [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Michel Zumbrunn , Richard Heseltine
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1 Sep 2008
Few names in the automobile industry evoke as much glamour as Ferrari. From its inception as a motor racing team in the late 1920s to its position today as one of the world s leading car manufacturers, Ferrari has produced some of the most alluring and iconic machines ever to grace both the racetrack and the road. Ferrari Legends presents 40 of the most remarkable and significant Ferraris from the marque's history. Featuring an engaging study of the company's origins and development, concise descriptions of each car s background, design and performance, and unrivalled images by one of the world s foremost car photographers, this book is a spectacular celebration of the passion and brilliance behind this coveted marque.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd; illustrated edition edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858944325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944326
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 31.8 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'all the best Ferraris, from the early days to modern masterpieces. The photography is magnificent, making the book a natural for any car lover's coffee table.' --Choice Magazine, Saturday 1, November 2008

'beautiful studio photos of 40 landmark Ferraris accompanied by informative text.' --Classic Monthly, Thursday 1, January 2009

'Chock full of Zumbrunn's stunning photography, this weighty book is a thing of beauty.' --Auto Express, 10-16 December

About the Author

Michel Zumbrunn is one of the world's most celebrated car photographers. For more than 40 years his work has been featured in car magazines worldwide. Richard Heseltine is a journalist and author specializing in classic and contemporary sports and exotic cars. His work has appeared in such publications as Classic & Sports Car, Motor Sport, Octane, Autocar and The Guardian.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ferrari Legends 20 July 2009
By Nathan
Format:Hardcover
Well, this book is a bit of a conundrum. First impressions are good. It's large format (12" x 10" landscape), 288 pages and hundreds of full colour photos. It is basically a photographic record of (quote) "40 of the most remarkable and significant Ferraris from the marques history". (/quote) Except it isn't - but more on that later.
As a mainly photographic book it looks extremely good. Each car was obviously photographed in a studio where the utmost care with lighting and focus has been taken. Although the black backgrounds might not be to everyone's taste, it provides an excellent contrast to the cars, and even black cars stand out. This is because the lighting is used so effectively; the lines and shape of each car are clear and vivid, so that each can be appreciated. I particularly like the 1959 400SA Cabriolet, and the Ghia bodied 375MM. Thankfully most of the photos are large size and it is easy to admire the detail in the engine and interior photos. I certainly noticed features on these cars that I'd not observed before. So, initial impressions are that this is a really nice book.
But the cunundrum? The choice of cars. It starts off well with the 1948 166SC, and includes variations on the 375 theme including many of the one-off special bodied cars, then moves on to numerous examples of the legendary 250 series, to the 275 and Daytonas etc. But does a 330P4 replica belong in a book like this? Not in my opinion. A 330P3 or a 412P would have been acceptable, but a replica - even with a Ferrari engine? Also, why feature a Koenigised BB? Surely it can't have been too difficult to find a standard BB, especially as one of the captions says "the Berlinetta Boxer was achingly beautiful in standard form", and then show a modified version - strange.
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Although not an avid Ferrari fan I am very interested on automotive designs. What drew me to this book was the superb, classically simple photography which is inspirational just letting the designs 'speak' for themselves. It will be a real pleasure for those who love this august marque or just brilliant car photography.
Ken Kirkwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ferrari Legends book 17 May 2013
By rt456gt
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I chose to rate this at five because it's another great publication in the Legends series. I've already got Italian Auto Legends and am considering buying British Auto Legends. An easy to read format with large glossy pictures of cars rarely seen outside museums, private collections or specialist shows, this books appeals to all petrolheads but to the discerning Ferrari enthusiast too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impression of the book 'ferrari legends' 6 Sep 2009
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This is a great collection of stunning photographs, i agree with the other review in places, and the choices are occasionally surprising (348 instead of 348, discussion of how nice the 456 is, but no real place for it). the bias is towards older machinery: 1960's and earlier, but I can't stress enough how stunning the photography generally is. if they did another one of these (it's hard to imagine what they would put in it exactly, because there are an awful lot of ferraris) i would certainly buy it. in terms of informative text, well, its little brief, it's not all-fulfilling, but generally there is info on the actual car featured, plus the historic background. If youre an expert, this probably won't teach you much you don't already know, but if you're an aesthete and you appreciate ferrari, this is an essential purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Ferrari Book 28 Oct 2010
By Dinomd - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this book at a restaraunt in New York City and had a really brief chance to page through it. I knew that I had to have this book to add to my library. It is full of amazing photography and details on some of the most iconic Ferraris ever built. I am a fan of the 1950s and 1960s Scaglietti designed cars and this book is full of them. Now if I could just afford one of the cars pictured there I would be set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you love cars, you should read it 18 Mar 2011
By J. SANCHEZ-CARRALERO - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book mainly based in the quality of its images; however, the accompanying text has proved to be highly valuable to obtain a wider perspective about the Italian brand.
May be if the author had added more technical details, the book would have gained in quality as it could be used as a reference text
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for reference, makes you want to build model cars of these beautiful cars! 26 Dec 2013
By Gregg Hutchings - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book.
So much so that I went looking for all the books in the series.
They are on the top of my work bench for reference. When building model cars, good references is what makes the difference. This book on Ferrari Legends will help me out so much.
And, it will give me great ideas for other builds as well.
I can't hype these books enough. If the Amazon feature to Look Inside works, check out the pages. You'll see what I mean.
I will be doing a review of these books in the magazine (Model Cars Magazine) and they will be on the web site under references soon.

Gregg Hutchings
Editor
Model Cars Magazine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ferrari's at Their Best 25 Nov 2013
By drsplash - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like to look at beautiful cars , here is Ferrari's that I didn't even know had been built. They were works of art, front to rear, their engines were even pieces of art. Every sports car lover should have this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars classics with photographic class 19 Feb 2012
By anoldpackardkeeper - Published on Amazon.com
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GREETINGS...IN HERE YOU WILL ENTER AN ALADINS CAVE OF FERRARI TREASURES.NO WONDER THIS MOTOR CAR MANUFACTURER IS SO SUCCESSFUL.THE FORMS IN THIS 288 PAGE TRIBUTE ARE THE ONES TO HAVE IN YOUR GARAGE/LIVING ROOM/VAULT,THEY ARE TRULY WONDERFUL TO SALVATE OVER.NO!NOT BETTER THAN SEX BUT!BLOODY CLOSE.I WAS GOING THRU THE PAGES AS IF THEY WERE MINE TO TOUCH.WHEN YOU GET TWO OF THE BEST MINDS TO PRODUCE A BOOK OF CLASSICS AND THEY COVER IT WITH A RED FERRARI.SUCCESSFUL RECIPE...REGARDS...RONALD.C.LEE-HARRIS.
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