Archive for Items Categorized 'Automobiles', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

The Rise and Fall of the French Alpine Rally

by Martin Pfundner

How better to shake out cars—and impress the buying public—than by flogging them up and down hairy mountain passes. The French took their time embracing it but once they did, they stuck with it. Finally, here’s a proper book in English.

Stars & Sportcars

by Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein

Racing photos, sure, but a whole lot more. Here are photos by someone who knew how to “see”—and not just with the eye.

BMW i: Visionary Mobility

by Andreas Braun 

A year before this book came out, BMW i became the “official mobility partner” of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Music and Arts?? Well, BMW wants to win hearts and minds—the future isn’t here yet, its shape not yet locked in, and it involves a whole lot more than dreaming up sleek cars.

Berlinetta ‘50s: Rare Italian Coupés of the Fifties

by Christian Descombes, photos by Xavier de Nombel

What makes Italian cars distinctly “Italian” is an evergreen subject and this book offers 37 examples of the sporting variety of La bella macchina to make the point that art (design) nourishes the soul.

The Goldfinger Files 

by Steffen Appel and Peter Wälty

The first Bond film to win an Oscar, Goldfinger was a financial success, recouping its budget in two weeks. It has become iconic for many reasons, not least the famous car chase in the mountains that is the subject of this lovely book.

Lotus Elan: The Complete Story

by Matthew Vale

Among British sports cars the nimble Elan occupies a place of honor. Not least, as the firm’s first truly commercially successful road car it did much to bankroll the racing operation. This book is about as complete as the title claims it is.

Bugatti taucht auf

by Dea Loher

This very serious German novel is based on two real-life events: [1] a senseless murder in a town near [2] the lake on whose bottom a Bugatti is waiting for someone with enough of a reason to attempt raising it.

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 / 1967

by Patrick Dasse & Martin Übelher

An important race car—whose recorded history was heretofore afflicted by a dearth of reliable data such as chassis numbers or even driver names, making the identification of historic photos so difficult that previous authors were severely handicapped.

Morgan Three Wheeler: Back to the Future

by Peter Dron

Looks vintage but is entirely modern. Costs $50K and has minimal creature comforts. Oh, it’s “missing” a wheel. No roof either. Over 1500 sold since 2011. See what you’re missing.

Porsche Boxster

by Robert McGowan

The 911 faithful had still not fully embraced the 928 let alone the 944 when Porsche unveiled a mid-engined concept car in 1993. A quarter century later and now in its second generation (fourth if you count the Cayman) the Boxster is doing just fine.

Alfa Romeo Junior Z

by Patrick Dasse

The “Z” stands for Zagato so that alone should widen the book’s appeal beyond those Alfisti who want to bone up on a low-production, lightweight, distinctively styled 1970s car. Besides, where did the modern Honda CRX get its inspiration from?

Ferrari 333 SP, A Pictorial History 1993–2003

by Terry O’Neil

The most successful Ferrari ever run in Prototype racing was only ever campaigned by privateers. And only 40 were built. Of which only 27 raced. Why are there no serious books about this?? Well, now there is.