Cars Mini: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything

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Octopus Books, May 16, 2011 - Transportation - 384 pages
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This gorgeously photographed love letter to the 86 most beautiful cars ever manufactured is now available in a smaller, more accessible format and at a great price, making it the perfect gift for Father's Day.

The story of the car is the story of how objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression. Memorials of our tastes, yearnings, and capabilities, these machines have layers of meaning and can be read like a book, if only you know how. Stephen Bayley, car columnist, design and cultural commentator knows how. This opinionated volume presents a spectacular study of achievements in car design. Bayley's 86 favorite designs range from the 1908 Ford Model T, to the 1961 Jaguar E-Type, to the 2003 BMW 5. All presented in chronological order, each automobile also makes a statement about the national character of the country of manufacture.

The 86-featured cars have been specially photographed and reproduced in a 4-color black-and-white process specifically to highlight their form and shape. The hundreds of ravishing photographs (including full-body, interior and detail shots) make this mini version of Cars the perfect gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados.

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About the author (2011)

Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best-known authorities on modern culture, and cars are one of his many passions. He has written extensively on automobiles and automobile design for 25 years for car companies and numerous publications including Car Magazine. He was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in GQ (UK). Former Chief Executive of the Design Museum, the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design, he is an outspoken commenter on art and design, writing for numerous publications, appearing frequently on radio and television, and lecturing all over the world.

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