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Future Retro Hardcover – February 1, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: MFA Publications (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878466908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878466900
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2005
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The drawings comprising Future Retro: Selected From The Jean S. And Frederic A. Sharf Collection consider a fine era of American auto design: the 1940s through the 1960s, when the focus was on futuristic vehicles from Detroit. Over fifty color drawings - many seeing print here for the first time, so don't anticipate repeat performances - capture futuristic, retro and sometimes downright odd vehicles pack a presentation inspired by an exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. All the drawings are from the collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, are presented in full-page color, and capture some of the ground-breaking dreams of auto design of the era. A 'must' for car fans and students of Americana.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on July 7, 2009
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A book of 1940s through 1960's automotive concept art done by mostly-GM designers whose job it was to think ahead. Fun to look at the different media used, as well as to try to identify what then-far-out styling features actually made it onto actual cars.

These days, when all an automotive designer has to do is draw a boiled sweet potato and add windows, headlights, taillights and tires, it's great to relive an era of tailfins, chrome, baby moon hubcaps, whitewalls and two-tone paint jobs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By onnie on April 25, 2013
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It deserves 5 stars due to the overall content and illustrations. One small problem I have, is that it is a tad short in material- its only 79 pages cover to cover. Other than that, I have used this book extensively for inspiration.
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By Graeme MacDonald on April 7, 2015
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Nicely produced with a fair few excellent renderings - would buy this again. Must admit to having only looked at the pictures so far.
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