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Italian Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2008
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'Superb photography with intelligent text...a veritable design feast.' --Automobile, Monday 1, January 2007
'Collection includes many of the most seductive and exhilarating cars ever produced.' --Bookseller Buyers Guide, Friday 14, July 2006
'this is just the book to sit down and browse through at your leisure.' --Auto Italia, Thursday 4, December 2008
About the Author
Michel Zumbrunn is one of the worlds most celebrated car photographers. For over forty years his work has been featured in car magazines worldwide. Richard Heseltine is features editor of MotorSport magazine and has contributed to over forty other journals, including Autocar, Autosport and Classic and Sports Car.
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And boy, was I not disappointed! There are some great cars in here, some I have never heard of or seen before. The ideas and references that are in this book is well worth the very reasonable cost of it.
I could go on and on about this book, but if you are a model car builder, and want a great reference book, then GET THIS BOOK! Just seeing the stock Fiat Topolino made me want to go crazy and try and build one from the old Revell drag body. Boy, would that be a project! The Ferrari's and Maserati's are what I was looking for, and I have enough photos and references to help me build some great models.
I can't say enough.
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I bought this after reading a positive review in a British auto magazine and seeing the nice cover photo of the Ferrari 250GTO. You get very very nice studio photos of select classic Italian cars. The emphasis is on pre-1965 cars, but the title didn't say that. The cars are presented chronologically starting in 1907 and by 3/4 of the book we are at 1960. Fewer photos are dedicated to each post-1960 car. This leaves sparse and perhaps a bit Ferrari-centric coverage of the remaining years up to 2004, but even the lovely Ferrari Lusso gets only one photo. Everyone has their own taste. Personally I am disappointed by the following: You won't find the Iso Grifo, Ghia 450SS, Maserati Ghibli, DeTomaso Mangusta, Alfa-Romeo Tipo 33, or the Ferrari 288GTO. Yet you'll find the relatively unappealing and in my humble opinion "non-classic" DeTomaso Vallelunga. You'll find the Pininfarina Ferrari 512S showcar from which few styling cues were used on production cars, but you won't find the Lamborghini Marzal or Afla Romeo 33 Carabo. I do give the book credit for its early year coverage and beautiful photos of those cars, and I'm grateful it's not trying to be a historical or technical reference piece saving more space for photos.