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American Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design (Auto Legends Series) Hardcover – October 19, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Auto Legends Series
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185894516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945163
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 12.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Furman's exquisite studio photos seduce you into tracing a finger over the fenders and studying each image as you would a concours car in the flesh. — Automobile Magazine

About the Author

Michael Furman is one of the foremost car photographers working today. His clients include some of the most prestigious names in the automotive industry, among them Bentley, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.

Tracy Powell is a journalist and Managing Editor of Automobile Quarterly, and an expert on American automotive history. His writing has earned him several International Automotive Media Awards.

More About the Author

Michael Furman's artistry in capturing the romance, power, glamour and extraordinary design of notable cars, from classic-era prewar coachbuilt automobiles through to the present day, has brought him acclaim as the world's preeminent fine art automotive photographer. His proprietary studio techniques and unsurpassed visual craftsmanship create an almost tactile level of nuance and color while faithfully capturing the authentic visage of each car, producing images of exacting realism as seen through the eyes of a great artist.

An award-winning writer and publisher, Furman's work has been featured in both classic car journals and leading popular media. He often collaborates with major museums and notable collectors, such as when he photographed "Speed, Style and Beauty, the Cars of the Ralph Lauren Collection", for The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The imprint he founded, Coachbuilt Press, produces volumes widely considered as among the most beautiful and important fine art photography and automobile books ever published. Architectural Digest described "Curves of Steel" as "Filled with sensuous photographs." Library Journal said of "The Art and Colour of General Motors," "A stunning visual history of the company and its most notable cars...Michael Furman's technically exquisite studio photographs of classic cars capture the vehicles' grace and elegance...a strikingly beautiful and substantive history of GM. Highly recommended." And Automobile Quarterly called "Automobiles of the Chrome Age" "A bound compilation of one of the day's most accomplished image gurus."

Recent titles have included the three book series for The Mullin Automotive Museum, "Spirit of Competition" for The Simeone Museum and "Automotive Jewelry, Volume One; Mascots, Badges" released at Pebble Beach in August 2013.

Furman lives and works in Philadelphia, his hometown.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Sockwell on October 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and lavish book- great for the coffee table when you have friends over. However, don't expect true historical prose or deep examinations about the cars. There are MANY classic autos that have been left out completely: the "coffin-nosed" Cord, the Pierce-Arrow, the Chrysler Air Flow, the '33-'34 Ford V-8s, and many others.
He also makes two other glaring mistakes that I'm finding far too frequently in among coffee-table car books: 1) The '57 Chevy is covered with much adulation and infers that it was the biggest-seller of the year. Wrong. The '57 Ford Fairlane far outsold Chevy that year, as well as leaving it in the dust on the majority of NASCAR and Grand National events that year.
2) Implying that the '64 Pontiac GTO was the first muscle car because it was purposely married with a big engine and a light body. Wrong. The '49 Olds 'Rocket 88' was the first purposeful powerful engine/light body muscle car in America, as well as the '51 Hudson Hornet, the Chrysler 300s, etc. For some reason, this generation of car buffs are under the impression that the '64 GTO WAS the first muscle car- it wasn't.
There were other noticable mistakes here of which I shan't go into. Buy this book for the beautiful pictures of what cars the author deems as 'legends', just be leary of the information provided.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Wilson on January 19, 2013
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Beautifully executed book. One of the very best in my extensive collection. Reasonably priced for such a high quality volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Macedo on January 4, 2013
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Great book! Great pictures! Perfect for those interested in History of Cars. I had great expectations about this book and didn't feel disappointed at all...
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