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SuperFinds (Collector's Edition)

£ 450.00 GBP

Please note: this title is made to order and is limited to 50 copies

 

Is this the world's first rusty book? 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, we have set out to create, with the help of our 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 ethos could be summed up as shabby chic! 

Something very different, we love them!    

A truly unique selection of previously unseen photographs of important historic cars as found in the 1960s and 1970s

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.

  • Famous coachbuilders featured include Pinin Farina, Zagato, Touring, Vignale, Saoutchik and Bertone.
  • Grand Prix cars, sports racers, Formula 2 cars, CanAm cars, Formula Junior single-seaters and more.
  • Legendary racers including several ‘Birdcage’ Maseratis, a Matra Le Mans car, Ferrari Testa Rossa…
  • Cars formerly owned by Nuvolari, Chiron and Fangio.
  • Porsche racers including examples of 917, 906, 718 RSK ‘Mittellenker’, 910, 904, 550 RSK Spyder, 911 RS, 910/8 ‘Bergspyder’, RS 60...
  • Unique cars, prototypes, specials and unidentified vehicles, race team transporters, crashed cars and pedal cars.

Signed by Michael Kliebenstein

Specification: 300mm x 300mm, 420 pages, over 900 photographs

ISBN 978-1-907085-89-5