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Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything Hardcover – November 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
The accompanying text provides very interesting and informative background information - even the committed car nut will undoubtedly learn something new. I love this book.
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Great book but I didn't realise is was the mini version.Published 23 months ago by Stephen Caldwell
Bayley is a superb writer with a broad cultural outlook and a knack for the mellifluous turn of phrase, but there are many de facto innacuracies in his text. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Paulo Levi
I was given this little book for Christmas, it makes a nice coffee table book, the images are beautiful. Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Robert B
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