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

Abarth: Racing Cars – Collection 1949–1974

by Franz Steinbacher

This is a look at a highly curated Swiss collection of mostly racing Abarths, and in telling their story the book also gives a good idea of what made the cars and the company so special.

Zagato Milano 1919–2009, The Official Book

This book does not come right out and say what it is. Neither do the press release or the advertising copy. If you know of Nada’s other Zagato books you would assume this new one to be along the lines of those others. It isn’t.

Ferraris in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s

by Barry Farr

Some US metropolitan areas have larger populations of Ferraris than the 65 examples of sports, race or road cars that went Down Under between 1952 and 1972 when the Australian Ferrari Register was founded. The author is a native and a Ferrari owner and so has the motivation and the connections to trace the cars.

Lamborghini Murciélago 

by Thillainathan “Path” Pathmanathan 

What’s a supercar really like, day in/day out, on hot dates, fast laps, and ruinous service appointments? Written by a knowledgeable owner the book looks at Lamborghini’s flagship in the context of its predecessors and tells pretty much all.

Enzo Ferrari – Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automotive Empire

by Luca Dal Monte

Every minute you spend reading this review, Ferrari will sell 100 items with their name on them. Not cars—they, intentionally, hover around the 8000 per year mark—but “stuff,” from socks to books to engines for Maseratis. What is it about Ferrari that so many want to buy into its cachet? 1000 pages offer some answers.

Ferrari Hypercars: The Inside Story of Maranello’s Fastest, Rarest Road Cars

by Winston Goodfellow

The result of many years of befriending and interviewing key Ferrari people, this book is filled with insights, stories, and photos never before seen in print.

Il Cavallino Nel Cuore, Autobiography of a Designer

by Leonardo Fioravanti

From junior stylist to Managing Director at Pininfarina, high-level positions at Fiat and Ferrari, his own design-engineering-architecture firm—this fabulously illustrated book offers rich detail of a rich life.

Fiat 500, The Design Book

You know it when you see it—which is the whole point of heritage cars like Mini, Bettle, and Fiat 500. How do the designers and brand managers—and even the engineers—go about extracting the DNA of a past success? This book shows it.

Forghieri on Ferrari: 1947 to the Present

by Mauro Forghieri & Daniele Buzzonetti

The youngest, the longest-serving, and the most successful Ferrari engineer to date speaks candidly of his life working on some of the most iconic sports and racing cars. A long-overdue and much-needed book.

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.

Moretti—Motociclette, automobili, carrozzerie

by Alessandro Sannia

Most people only know Moretti beer—no connection to the coachbuilder and constructor of all sorts of interesting mechanical things. This is the first complete history.

Vignale; Ferrari and all the others

by Alfredo Zanellato Vignale

From lowly mass transport to the most rarefied of super exotics, Vignale had a quite unusually prolific output. This book by the founder’s nephew is probably the first time a thoroughly researched overview has been published.