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As a design object beyond its practical purpose, the automobile has left an indelible mark on the world we live in. There is scarcely another everyday item which has been designed in a more sophisticated and inventive manner and which offers a larger projection area. This can be seen with particular clarity in the sports car of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, which are fast, beautiful, eccentric, and innovative. In recent decades, these coveted collector’s items have attained cult status, and have come to be widely regarded as dream cars for eternity. In an exciting journey through time, this volume pays homage to a selection of exclusive sports cars by legendary manufacturers—including Porsche, Ferrari, and Jaguar—showing them to be artworks in their own right. Essays, biographies, and brilliant color photographs shed light on the sports car’s unparalleled unity of form, technology, design, and emotions.
About the Author
Barbara Til is deputy head of collections at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. Dieter Castenow is managing director of an employer branding agency and an avid collector of sports cars.
"Cars—Driven by Design accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Kunstpalast Museum in Dusseldorf, Germany. The exhibition and book feature 25 iconic sports cars and explore the automobile as design object. The volume is far more than an exhibition catalog, although it certainly fulfills that function; it is much more than a coffee-table book, though it would enhance any such table. The beautiful color photographs and other graphics are accompanied by insightful, artfully written essays that will appeal to automotive enthusiasts of various knowledge levels and interests."