The Art Of The Classic Car

It was the era of the three-speed gearbox, when wooden side-panels and balloon tyres were considered the height of sophistication and when you’d have to be really going some to cover 45 miles in an afternoon.

It was also the classic age for history's carmakers, the 1910s–1940s, when revered named like Packard, Dusenberg, Bugatti, Mercedez-Benz and Cord produced some of the most game-changing vehicles ever, vehicles that today draw sighs of appreciation on perfeclty-manicured car show lawns and send auctions deep into six-figure sums.

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New book Art Of The Classic Car features 224 pages of immaculate studio portraits by acclaimed US photographer Peter Harholdt, himself a racer of automobiles in the Sports Car Club of America, and comes in a luxuriously wide, hardbacked format that itself seems to hark back to a more polished and glamourous age.

£40, out 15 September 15