The Allure of the Automobile


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The Allure of the Automobile: Driving in Style, 1930-1965 features an essay by Ronald T. Labaco that traces the evolution of the coachbuilt luxury motorcar and examines contrasts between European and American design, the influence of decorative arts and design, and the significant changes in automotive styling both before and after World War II. This book, brings together eighteen of the world’s rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars from the 1930s to the 1960s. Extensive entries by Ken Gross consider the masterworks – including iconic vehicles by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Delage, Aston Martin, Porsche, and others. These automobiles, pictured in stunning detail by Peter Harholdt, embody custom-built designs that were created for the privileged few and owned by Hollywood luminaries such as Clark Gable and Steve McQueen. Embodying speed, style and elegance, these are cars that broke records on racetracks and won awards at prestigious classic car events around the world.

Essay by Ronald T. Labaco; entries by Ken Gross. Principal Photography by Peter Harholdt.

Organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, and published on the occasion of the exhibition “The Allure of the Automobile: Driving in Style, 1930-1965” held at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, March 21-June 20, 2010.

Product Details
Year: 2010
Publisher: The High Museum of Art, in association with Rizzoli
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 144 p
Language: English

Additional information

Weight 3.0 lbs
Dimensions 10.0 × 12.0 × 0.7 in