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Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Bayley
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Have you ever heard of a Lincoln Zephyr? Turn to page 42 of this luxurious book, and see for yourself the 1935 model of that extraordinarily styled automobile. Style is whatthis oversized beauty of a book (which is itself the epitome of style) is all about. Accomplished automotive writer Bayley begins his breathtaking album of stunningblack-and-white photographs with the bold statement: "Car design is one of the distinctive, even defining, art forms of the twenty-first century." Further, he argues, car design is "our age's singular contribution to cultural history." Each car [was] selected because it "changed the conventional wisdom, lifted the game, raised the bar" in terms of style... Check out, in particular, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Wow! American opulence at its most dramatic.

(Brad Hooper, Booklist 2009-01-00)


Sources are eclectic, results mixed, but one thing is certain: car design is being forced up an ever tightening spiral of creativity. These machines are memorials of our tastes, yearnings and capabilities. They have layers of meaning and can, as Henry Ford knew, be read like a book... if only you know how. The story of the car is the story of how the objects of industry became a medium of artistic expression.This book tells that story in a series of case studies which reveal national characteristics: American flair, German technical suprematism, French vernacular chic, gorgeous Italian sculpture, English antiquarianism, Japanese ingenuity, Swedish responsibility. Cars featured appear in chronological date order from the 1908 Ford Model T to 2003 BMW 5 Series.The chosen cars will be specially photographed in a uniform style and reproduced in very textured, 4 colour b/w so as to distance this book from the cliches and conventions of specialist automotive publishing and to highlight form and shape. Each picture will be accompanied by a short critical essay including essential historical material together with colourful anecdotage and quotations as well as a persuasive aesthetic appraisal of each vehicle. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sehenswert 17. Januar 2010
Von R. Ritter
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Ein sehr leidenschaftliches Werk mit einem sehr ausführliche Vorwort, voller Begeisterung für Autos, Design und dem Lebensgefühl, das dahinter steckt. Zu jedem Fahrzeug wird eine Geschichte erzählt, eine Anekdote oder seine geschichtliche Bedeutung.
Schade ist, dass die Bilder durch den Band, der sie genau in zwei Hälften teilt, verzerrt. Die Bilder selbst sind top, die Auswahl der Fahrzeuge interessant, ich vermisse nur wenige Modelle. Die Auswahl von Fahrzeugen aus dem amerikanischen und europäischen Markt ist relativ fair getroffen, auch japanische Modelle werden erwähnt.
Sollten Sie kein armer Student sein wie ich, rate ich Ihnen deshalb zu der teureren, größeren Ausgabe. Ich gehe davon aus, dass die Bilder dort noch besser zur Wirkung kommen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Standards in schwarzweiss 6. Februar 2012
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Stephen Bayley hat tatsächlich Ikonen des Automobilbaus in sagenhaften Fotos dokumentiert. Schön, wenn viele der Fahrzeuge die Spuren Ihres harten Lebens nicht wegrestauriert bekamen. Die Längsansichten ziehen sich über beide Seiten, sind zwangsläufig im "Centerfold" etwas verkürzt und verschattet. Einen Studebaker Avanti habe ich vermisst.
Sehr empfehlenswertes Werk und sein Geld allemal wert.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Style over substance 23. Januar 2010
Von Jonathan Petterson - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a good book. It's well designed, the monochrome photographs are lovely; the text communicates a persuasive vision of the motor vehicle as an art form. But it is not what Mr Bayley claims it to be: "a book about the 80 or so greatest car designs ever".

This ambitious, not to say presumptuous, statement, is no doubt a deliberate provocation. Mr Bayley knows very well that there are millions of car nuts out here who all have our personal greatest cars lists and many of us could even put together a reasonably good justification for our choices.

What makes his 86 (to be precise) a more definitive list of great cars than mine? He doesn't precisely say. He makes a vague statement about them being ones that "changed conventional wisdom, lifted the game, raised the bar", but he doesn't say how. He's a style guru, so you might think he is talking mainly about design in an artistic sense (rather than engineering), but that is obviously not the case with many of his choices. As he says, the original Toyota Corolla was "plain of aspect and technologically unadventurous".

So it seems he also wishes to take into account standards of manufacture and quality control - where the Corolla did "lift the game" in its market segment.

OK, fair enough, but what are we to make of the NSU Prinz? A fine little car perhaps, even "a jewel"; but in the end just a Fiat 600 with Chevy Corvair styling, built to Volkswagen standards. Not enough, I would argue, to make the cut. And the Volkswagen management agreed when they took over NSU and ended its production!

The book is full of such lost causes and design cul de sacs, including the aforementioned Corvair. But the most egregious example is surely the Nash Metropolitan. The inclusion of this object (I cannot bring myself to call it a car), more than anything else, suggests that Mr Bayley is not to be taken seriously. The only field in which this curious artefact "raised the bar" was parody.

And I haven't even got onto the cars he leaves out. Like, for example, everything between the 1908 Model T Ford and the 1934 Citroen Traction Avant! Now I have to confess that I like many of the cars produced in this period. Clearly Mr Bayley does not. But that is not sufficient excuse to ignore the Lancia Lambda - a car that raised the bar far more emphatically than most of those in the book, including the two, admittedly very beautiful, 1950s Lancias included.

But never mind. If you love cars, buy the book anyway (but only the miniature edition - it isn't good enough to be worth the price of the big version). Then make your own list of the cars you'd like to have seen in it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent gift for the car lover 4. April 2011
Von Ima Shoppher - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought this for my dad for Christmas and it was a huge success! My parents have it displayed on their coffee table and look through it often! My dad just loves the details about the cars and the great pictures included. Excellent purchase for the price!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Popular Cars Coffee Table Book 22. März 2010
Von William M. - Veröffentlicht auf
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I bought this book for my father for christmas, and for my grandfather for his birthday. They both really liked the book. I looked through it some and there are a lot of popular cars that shaped america over the years. The book lists the most memorable car of each year for the past 100 years or so, and somtime a couple of cars for some years. This is a great coffee table peice. This book will definitely stir up a conversation about cars.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A book about cars and passion of design 22. März 2012
Von Robert B - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was given this little book for Christmas, it makes a nice coffee table book, the images are beautiful. It also has a brilliantly written 20 page or so introduction into the history of car design. The book doesn't talk about power, performance, luxury, speed, but instead focuses on capturing that elusive element of art in automobiles through automotive design. The author weaves some power words, excellent references, and great wit to capture that spirit. In some ways the author tries to capture not the essence of car culture or even art, but rather just the spirit of cars.

The introduction was worth the price of admission, it's an excellent essay in itself encompassing what cars mean to those who love cars and even those who don't. It also encompasses the importance of design: form and function integrated into a seamless design that fulfills the necessities and imaginations of people everywhere.

I would recommend this book for car lovers everywhere. Certainly some of the choices of cars that the author uses as his subject matter are personal. But since I view all cars as works of mechanical elegance blended with artistic beauty, even the simplest and plainest of automobiles is worthy of study in my opinion.

A must have for the coffee tables of passionate car enthusiasts everywhere.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful and informative. 17. Januar 2010
Von D. Nes - Veröffentlicht auf
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I gave this book as a present (to a car-lover), and he reported to me that he was stunned by the beautful pictures, and that he thought that they had featured very interesting models.
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