|About the Book|
The invention of the car revolutionized the world and changed our landscape and our culture forever. A miracle of engineering, function, and design, the car is an integral part of our societys history and a symbol of individuality and personal freedom. This is the ultimate guide to the automobile, in the defining years from 1945 to 1975 -- the period that for many marks the pinnacle in automative engineering and design style. This comprehensive visual reference shows every important international marque from A to Z, highlighting some of the most significant and beautiful cars of the century: the Ferrari Daytona, the Lancia Fulvia, the Rover 2000, the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, the VW Beetle, the Ford Thunderbird, and the much-loved Mini. The history of the development of the car is covered in detail, including the milestone models, the leading designers, engineers, and manufacturers and the evolution of the classic car. The role of the car in society, its starring role in cinema and television and its uses and associations within our culture are put in fascinating context. With over 700 stunning images of the cars, this book is a definitive gallery of classic cars, and the ultimate reference for every enthuasiast, collector, and lover of this quintessential symbol of the 20th century.