Certain individuals view automobiles in a different light, not just as a form of transportation, but as works of art. This crowd deemed car enthusiasts has grown into a movement. Celebrating and embracing the design behind vehicles that roll off the production floor. Designs that deliver inspiration to the art and photography world, resulting in an archive of beautiful books that highlight the two industries. This week Top 10 features a list of must-have automotive coffee table books for the home of a car enthusiast.
The Supercar Book
Fully illustrated throughout, The Supercar Book is a sumptuously designed guide full of everything you could ever want to know about the best supercars on the planet. From number-one bestselling author Martin Roach, The Supercar Book is a must-have for all boys and their dads (plus petrol-head girls and mums!) interested in fast cars.
A Man & His Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them
Man-about-town and NYC men’s style fixture Matt Hranek is back with his second book, A Man & His Car. Here is a beautiful homage to an object of men’s obsession, told in firsthand and original interviews.
BMW Art Cars
BMW Art Cars presents 19 artists who have designed BMWs, including John Baldessari, Alexander Calder, Sandro Chia, Ken Done, Olafur Eliasson, Cao Fei, Ernst Fuchs, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Michael Jagamara Nelson, Matazo Kayama, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Esther Mahlangu, César Manrique, A.R. Penck, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.
Type 7 (Volume One)
Type 7 is the daily magazine for those who are driven, combining a love of Porsche and those who drive them with a deep and detailed exploration of art, architecture, and collector culture at large. Now, one year after the first post was published to the @type7 Instagram page, Type 7: Volume One is a celebration of our favourite stories so far, curated by Editor-In-Chief Ted Gushue, Porsche Marketing Project Manager Franziska Jostock and the whole Type 7 team.
Holy Halls: The Secret Car Collection of Mercedes-Benz
Holy Halls is a thrilling photographic account of the treasure trove of cars kept by the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart that are not currently on display to the public. Another 1,000 historical models are ‘parked’ in secret places outside Stuttgart – these secret places are called the ‘Holy Halls’.
Gumball 3000: 20 Years on The Road
Just as Gumball 3000 is much more than a car rally, 20 Years on the Road is much more than a car book. A best-of compilation of the glitzy and famed international event from the past two decades, this volume is as effervescent and exciting as the road trip itself.
911 Love RS
911 Love RS is an illustrated collection paying homage to the Porsche R and RS models that tackle the roads and tracks. It highlights the past and present vehicles through in-depth interviews with enthusiasts, racing drivers, and customers.
Ultimate Toys for Men, New Edition (Lifestyle)
Ultimate Toys for Men New Edition is the definitive catalogue for any discerning gentleman. Richly illustrated and meticulously curated, it gathers the best bespoke and luxury products and premium experiences around the globe, anchored in the belief that only top quality is true value for money.
The Ferrari Book
The Ferrari Book based on expertise and the single-minded pursuit of a theme over several decades, and with the resources of cars and culture magazine, ramp, a team of authors working with editor-in-chief MICHAEL KÖCKRITZ developed a novel idea for a series: In The Ultimate Ferrari Book, Ferrari enthusiasts will find 40 spectacular icons, all of them selected for their design. Describing the core elements of the contemporary craze for Ferrari and automobiles, in general, this book is a new and different treat for all ultimate fans.
The Impossible Collection of Cars
It is the dream of many to own the world’s most beautifully designed automobiles, but most often only a handful of collectors ever come close. Now, The Impossible Collection of Cars makes that dream come true, showcasing the 100 most exceptional cars of the twentieth century. Each luxury automobile from the 1909 Blitzen Benz to a 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S was chosen for its revolutionary design, magnificent lines, and head-turning capabilities. The book also features cars owned by celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Pablo Picasso, and Elvis Presley. This Impossible COLLECTION volume is presented on cotton paper in a beautiful black rubber clamshell box with a cutout metal plate.