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Sports cars of the future (Modern sports car series) Hardcover – 1959

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern sports car series
  • Hardcover: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Car Press (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007E5FKE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,004,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Sports Cars of the Future
by Strother MacMinn

First impression is this is a modest little book (especially if comparing it to some of the multi-pound coffee table picture books). But once read, especially if reading now in the 21st century, it is virtually impossible to forget. It is more than what is printed on the pages of Sports Cars of the Future. It is the realization of when it was written--in the latter part of the 1950s--and by whom, that simply stuns the thinking reader today.

Strother MacMinn was the embodiment of the descriptor "car-guy". His abilities were such that he was hired straight from high school by GM's Art & Colour section then headed by Harley Earl. By the time he wrote and illustrated this book, MacMinn had determined after spending several years employed in the corporate world, that he wanted to continue working as a designer, but independently. Returning to his native California, he found consulting projects with a number of clients including Henry Dreyfuss and began, what would become a 50-year parallel career, teaching automotive design at Art Center.

The prescience of MacMinn's writings is startling. Ostensibly the book is about sports cars. But the cars, those real as well as those he hypothesizes for the future, are the ones that are today, a half century later, the most revered. Thus it is the principles beyond the specific, individual cars that form the overriding value of the book; design and engineering concepts that have been proven timeless due in part to the respect they demonstrate for the unchanging realities of nature's laws.
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