By Peter Bodensteiner, Peter Harholdt
The rarity and old value of prewar vintage and vintage vehicles lead them to sizzling commodities at the collector automobile industry. those are the autos that populate the fairways and manicured lawns of the world’s maximum motor vehicle exhibits in pleasing locales like Pebble seashore, California, and Amelia Island, Florida. those are the vehicles that deliver a hush to the corridor once they roll around the blocks at auctions around the globe. those are the automobiles that fill the world’s maximum collections, like these of Ralph Lauren, Mark Knopfler, and numerous contributors of royal households. those are the vehicles from history’s optimal automakers: hallowed names like Packard, Duesenberg, Stutz, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, twine, and others—six-figure and million-dollar machines that thrill Barrett-Jackson audiences and force bidders to frenzy. Art of the vintage Car positive aspects the beautiful studio images of Peter Harholdt (Art of the new Rod, Art of the Muscle Car), lavished at the most important autos from the vintage period: the 1910s to early Forties. each web page comprises framable-quality photos of a few of an important autos ever made, with each one vehicle followed by way of a quick essay from automobile professional Peter Bodensteiner that areas the version contextually inside of car historical past. whole with interval advertisements and promotional paintings, Art of the vintage Car is the main attractive pictorial heritage of vintage vehicles ever produced.
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Art of the Classic Car by Peter Bodensteiner, Peter Harholdt