When we heard that Taschen—publisher of gorgeous coffee-table books on a wide variety of subjects—had a new book about cars, we knew it would be excellent. What we didn't know is how much book was actually involved.
Twenty-six pounds, 904 pages, and 100 of the most treasured and valuable cars later, we now know exactly how much book there is.
Ultimate Collector Cars is the most captivating, current, and comprehensive source for the most desirable cars ever to roam the Earth. Ranging from the 1903 Mercedes-Simplex 40 HP to the 2020 McLaren Speedtail, the book covers every important automotive era.
The two volumes—which require real strength to extract from the shipping box—come in a sturdy shell that holds them together as a nice display. Volume 1 spans 1903–1959, while Volume 2 covers 1960–2020. As you crack into Volume 1, you're greeted by a warm, informative introduction by Rob Myers, chairman & CEO of RM Sotheby's, and a highly indulgent look into the world of car collecting by the authors, Charlotte and Peter Fiell.
As you flip through the glossy, sleek pages sporting countless full-spread colored photographs, you'll learn facts and tidbits along with the history of each vehicle. A fantastic Q&A with Frederick Simeone—founder of the fabled Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum—gives insight into Pebble Beach-style restoration vs. historic preservation, and how the current generation is embracing car collecting and conservation. An interview with Ferrari guru John Collins—one of the world's leading classic Ferrari dealers—takes a look into the personal side of the most notorious high-dollar hands that drive these vehicles.
And then there are the cars themselves. Each entry in this book features a spread of impeccable photographs and artwork that pairs with the information on each page.
If you—and by you, we mean your arm muscles—can handle the weight, Ultimate Collector Cars is a must-own for anyone interested in the historical significance of the world's greatest cars. Reading the book bestows a reverence and respect for the stories that have driven these cars to the peak of desirability.
The car-collecting world is not all posh and fluff; many of these vehicles were formed together with greasy, calloused hands in dim garages across the world. Perhaps that's what makes them so great.
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