by Guichard, Ami, managing editor; Gordon Wilkins, English editor
Lausanne, Switzerland: Edita S.A.. Very Good-. . English edition. Hardcover. (red paper-covered boards with white lettering on front cover and spine; no dust jacket) [moderate wear to corners and edges of boards, a couple of nicks at front edge of spine, light external soiling, faint musty odor]. (B&W/color photos, diagrams, charts, ads, etc.) A thorough review of all things automotive during 1958, divided between general matters (including automobile design and manufacturing) and a review of the year's major races and rallies: the Grand Prix (in Monaco, Belgium, the U.K., Italy, etc.), the Indianapolis 500, etc. Some of the more interesting articles include: "How to Reduce Crash Casualties"; "Mercedes or the Art of Making a Star Shine" (a historical account of the company's early years and cars); "The Automobile Industry in the Soviet Union"; "Motor Sport in Russia"; "Australia's Motor Industry"; and "The True Champions" (about some of the famous early race drivers). One particularly fabulous feature is "Special Bodies and Dream Cars," with numerous illustrations of futuristic protoypes; the Ford Nucleon, for instance, or an "aero-car," the Volante -- the blurb on which claims that "some flying cars with retractable wings are already being built in the U.S."). Profusely illustrated throughout, the book contains numerous photographs and technical specifications for cars made in the U.S., Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and elsewhere; included is a double-page fold-out drawing of the Aston Martin DBR 1/300. . (Inventory #: 22262)
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