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This book is unique. It is a compendium of wonderful automotive treasure, as discovered. With the passage of time all cars became worthless and unloved, no matter how eminent. Racing cars inevitably became uncompetitive and redundant. Many vehicles passed into scrapyards, the motoring equivalent of a cemetery, or simply rotted away.
Today, of course, we value, covet and preserve the work of great designers, engineers and coachbuilders, and their creations give enormous pleasure to many, whether it be in ownership, driving, competing or simply as historic objects to be admired when on display. All will have a story – sometimes sad, sometimes heroic.
Many of the more esoteric car companies produced machines that were not only engineering masterpieces but also great works of art.
Italian Corrado Cupellini was a pioneer in the developing old car movement in the 1960s and ’70s. He had a mission: to explore, discover and rescue motor cars of merit before it was too late. He roved the world following his passion and this extraordinary book is a photographic record of his astounding journey of discovery.
Limited to just 50 copies signed by author Michael Kliebenstein. As Michael Kliebenstein's amazing SuperFinds book consists of photographs of hundreds of seriously important historic cars as found in scrapyards, sheds, fields and old garages, many of them are damaged, modified or rusty. Picking up the rust theme as being something very different, Porter Press have set out to create, with the help of their specialist bookbinders, an appropriately distressed appearance for the special Collector's Edition. The slipcase is covered in a velvet which, because of the pile (like a carpet), gives a mottled effect. The books are bound in a mixture of heavily-grained blue leather which will age nicely and a material that looks like rusty metal. The metal plate with the book title also appears to be rusty and the four screws that attach it are intentionally rusty. Finally, the end-papers also look rusty. The book’s ethos could be summed up as shabby chic.
Michael Kliebenstein is a true automobiliste and has been playing with cars since he was old enough to first hold a Matchbox model car in his hand. A lifelong enthusiast, he has been active in the field for over 40 years. His automotive-related activities include being a collector, restorer, racer, writer, photographer, advisor and marketing expert. With his long-standing expertise, Kliebenstein scouts for many collectors, museums and other historic car-related companies worldwide. Based in Germany, Michael has travelled the world pursuing old cars. He has published several books and written many features for classic car magazines. Above all, Michael is a true enthusiast and has a passion for collectors’ cars in their untouched original condition and form.
Title InformationAuthor: Michael Kliebenstein
Publication: September 2017
Specifications: 300mm x 300mm hardback, page extent 420pp. Brown, velvet slipcase.
Illustrations: Over 900 photographs Language: English
Publisher: Porter Press International
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