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130 Years Of Car Design And Innovation Have Been Chronicled In This ‘Atlas’


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Strap in and get ready to embark on a captivating voyage through the annals of automotive history with The Atlas of Car Design: The World’s Most Iconic Cars from Phaidon. This expansive tome unfolds the tapestry of car design, spanning 130 years of innovation and imagination.

This expansive volume showcases over 650 cars representing nearly 200 different brands, each embodying the unique aesthetic expressions of more than 30 countries. It combines historical and contemporary studio imagery with original advertising campaigns from bygone eras. Everything from the Ford Model A to the (yet-to-be-released) to the Vauxhall Cresta and even down to the Tesla Cybertruck is chronicled in this extensive look into automotive design history.


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Readers will discover uncommon and unconventional vehicles within its pages, including the Fuji Cabin, the 1935 Wikov Kapka from the Czech Republic, and the 1955 post-war BMW Isetta. As you journey across the globe through its pages, it aims to showcase how different eras and geographical locations played a part in how cars evolved.

The book also sheds light on rare and one-of-a-kind cars, such as the enigmatic 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom Jonckheere “Round-Door” Coupé, the legendary 1930 Bentley Blue Train, and the intriguing 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia.


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Italian automotive craftsmanship from the 1950s to the 1970s is prominent, focusing on renowned brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati.

Authors Jason Barlow and Guy Bird provide detailed and informative text, offering readers valuable insights into each featured car.

Car enthusiasts can now find the book online at Phaidon for GBP£100 (US$121.64). You can also check out more automotive-related books here.

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