One hundred of the most remarkable and desirable cars of all time, worth over $1 billion combined, comprise one of the coolest classic car books ever published, and it's out now. The massive 11x14, slipcased double-volume Ultimate Collector Cars, priced at $250, new from German art and culture publisher Taschen, spans more than 900 pages and weighs more than 24 lbs.
Authors and auto experts Charlotte and Peter Fiell assembled the impressive work, which spans the history of rare sports and luxury cars, from the landmark 1903 Mercedes-Simplex 40 hp to the 2020 Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. Going decade by decade, each model is illustrated with lavish photography taken by the world’s leading car photographers, alongside rare archival photos and other gems, including original factory photos and iconic motorsports posters.
As Taschen notes, the superlative volume "exudes authority and elegance, settling for nothing less than the very best of the best," from rare beauties like the McLaren F1 LM to the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing,' and Lamborghini Miura SV. Each eye-popping auto is accompanied by expert descriptive texts and specs, "detailing each car’s make, model, year, engine size, horsepower, top speed, transmission, and all-important production numbers."
Many of them have won major classic car concours around the world, while others star in private collections and major museums. The definitive compendium includes a foreword from Rob Myers, founder of automotive auction house RM Sotheby’s, as well as interviews with The Duke of Richmond and Gordon, founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival; and Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, among others, offering key insights into the car-collecting world.
"Classic car ownership and collecting cars in general is not solely a passion of the well-to-do but a way of life that transcends social classes and stratification," Meyers writes. "I've witnessed firsthand the incomparable pride of a Ferrari Factory employee as he showed a new owner the car he was responsible for building; members of our award-winning restoration team share in equal ownership of a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best in Show trophy; and in the simple act of letting another enthusiast behind the wheel of one's car just to share in that unique and distinct feeling we as collectors enjoy."
Meyers says that he firmly believes "in 50 years, every car you see on these pages will have only appreciated in its importance, desirability and likely value. While car collecting is often a genuine reflection of one individual's personal taste, preference or appreciation for a moment in history, ultimately—like all art that is timeless and classic—it will always retain a core following and every car presented in these pages is just that: a classic and a work of art."
This is the largest and most beautiful classic car book we've ever seen, period. Head here to grab a copy.