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Speed, Style, and Beauty Hardcover – March 15, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: MFA Publications; Made in Italy edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878466851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878466856
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hard cover, nice pictures, and overall good decorative book.
Luis DeBayle Jr
This lavish book was produced in 2005 on the occasion of the exhibition of Lauren's collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Jeffrey Morseburg
He's hard to shop for, as he's got just about everything he wants, so I'm thrilled he's pleased with this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Morseburg on September 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jay Leno and Ralph Lauren are almost certainly America's two best-known car collectors. Each man's incredible collection of automobiles reflects their personality as well as their public image. While Leno's vast collection does include irreplaceable Dusenbergs and renowned racing cars, the contents of the hangers where he stores his collection are quite eclectic and reflect his unique interest in cars that have a story to tell. He is justifiably proud of his encyclopedic knowledge of automobiles and motorcycles, but his collection really reflects his blue-collar roots and blue denim personality.

While Ralph Lauren also sprang from a modest, blue-collar background, he was an ambitious young man and always aspired to be one of the moneyed "smart set". He made his fortune from his Polo collection of clothing, which was not so coincidentally influenced by the classical styles of the 1930s. For more than a generation Lauren has dressed men in a moneyed, tasteful way and his collection represents the finest, most visually stunning automotive rarities that money and taste can buy. Lauren's cars track so well with the style and cut of his apparel line that some of them have bee used as backdrops or props for advertising spreads.

This lavish book was produced in 2005 on the occasion of the exhibition of Lauren's collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Now, I think the practice of exhibiting automobiles or motorcycles in art museums is a dubious one and simply an attempt to increase their box office, but in any event, it was a beautiful exhibit. This is a large format book with photographs by Michael Furman, who is often said to be the finest automobile photographer working today.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Fans of race car styling will relish Speed, Style And Beauty: Cars From The Ralph Lauren Collection, a gorgeous blend of lovely photos by Micahel Furman with texts by Beverly Kimes and Winson S. Goodfellow. Featured here are some of the most notable cars of the collection, from Bugattis and Aston Martins to Mercedes and McLaren. More than just a book display, Speed, Style And Beauty is a catalog for a major exhibition featuring almost thirty of these cars, and is the first to focus on the car as an art object in and of itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Cronin on March 9, 2013
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If you like glossy picture books with the kind of photos that spread across 2 pages and leave most of the subject in the binding crack--artsy photos that mean to give off 'atmosphere' but don't really show many details of the autos, then you'll love this book. Text is reminiscent of a magazine article: short, witty and says nothing new. Then there are the subjects themselves, of which there are not many, and of which much has been previously written...It seems as though Ralph Lauren and his crew rounded up the usual suspects; you know the drill: Bugatti, Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche, Ferrari...not much unusual or rarely seen here, but even if there were, the photos would be beautiful to glance at but on closer inspection reveal nothing. I'd reasonably pay $5-$10 for this book if I had it to do over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Sibrinsz on April 14, 2010
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This is an amazing collection of automobiles owned by Ralph Lauren and
shown in a Boston museum a couple years ago. The photography of the cars is
excellent along with the extensive descriptions make it a much sought after book.
I've waited a year to find it at the original price & when I saw it recently at that price I bought it on Amazon immediately.
I've seen a number of these cars at Ferrari Concours in the Northeast and they
are fantastic in person and show brilliantly in this coffee table book.
Love this book! Terrific book for anyone who loves vintage, exotic cars!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William W. Chen on August 20, 2005
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i ordered this book after reading about it in road and track and its a great addition to any car enthusiasts' library. the photography is stunningly beautiful as is each of the cars in the collection (minus a few at the end). The history and descriptions of the cars are great as well but mostly I got the book to drool over the the pictures. the '54 Ferrari 375 Plus and '58 250 Testa Rossa are probably my favorites, along with the more recent but just as classic McLaren F1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Finley on August 15, 2010
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This book is a great visual treat for anyone who likes a fun car. Fun - as is in -rare, exotic, expensive, and vintage. Ralph knows how to collect cars.
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Great photography an OK book - just addresses cars of certain collections - could be more enticing with other marquees, it is still a good book with great historical car value
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By joans. on March 28, 2014
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My son totally loved this as a birthday gift. He was in love with the choices and photos. A hit indeed!
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