Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Chris Rees
The concept car was born in 1939, when General Motors presented the Buick Y-job. This was not a car designed for general consumption, but one created by the styling department as an 'ideas' car, a sleek, chrome-adorned sculpture contrived to inflate passions and inspire imaginations. The 1950s was the true golden age of the car, and America was the centre for innovative designs, producing cars in different shapes and sizes, designs for flying cars, nuclear-powered cars and gyroscopically controlled two-wheeled cars. In the 1960s and 1970s, the focus of concept car design moved to Europe and the results were sleeker, more sophisticated and fantastic. From the Chrysler Turboflite to the Renault Racoon, the boundaries of car design were pushed to ever more outlandish styles, eventually translating into the new classic designs of today. This is the ultimate guide to concept cars featuring the major design houses from Ogle to Pininfarina as well as the mass manufacturers. A comprehensive visual reference, with over 300 stunning images, this book presents the important international marques from A—Z, highlighting some of the most significant and creative cars of the century. A thorough and entertaining reference volume, this book will be treasured by true car enthusiasts everywhere.
• A history of the concept car from 1939 to the present day
• A marque-by-marque guide to the most important and significant models ever designed
• Every make illustrated with contemporary pictures, augmented by comprehensive and authoritative text Includes designs from Audi, Chrysler, Renault, Ford, Nissan, Peugeot, Bertone, IAD, Ital Design, Ogle, Pininfarina, Rinspeed, Sbarro, Zagato and many others
• Contains over 300 photographs
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