An excellent reference book for collectors and enthusiasts studying in full size and detail 135 mascots and hood ornaments from 1905 to 1951: 61 French, 33 English, 29 American and 12 of other countries. 33 do not appear in any other reference book. The companion work is The Automotive Mascot Worldwide: Un Objet dArt, encore
Join author Wyss as he takes you behind-the-scenes on missions with barn finders the world over. Author Wyss, well known for books on Cobras, Ferraris, Corvettes, etc. focuses on selecting only the most eye-opening, jaw-dropping, eyebrow-raising stories regardless of marque because, as he says: "I'm here to tell the story of The Hunt."
Here are just a few of the "can-you-believe-it?" stories:
-a genuine big block Cobra stolen and dumped in the Erie Canal after a fatal accident
-a mailman in France buys a Ferrari that he can’t afford. He reluctantly sells it and today it’s worth over $38 million dollars!
-a purebred F1 Ferrari single-seater is rebodied by some New Zealanders into a wanna-be 250GTO.
-a Porsche factory 356 four cam race car--one of only two built--is being piloted through Paris when the engine blows. The owner sells it in exchange for a $200 plane ticket back to Portugal!
Movie stars and celebrities get their share of ink too, with stories on Diana Dors' delicious Delahaye, Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 and Steve McQueen’s Ferrari NART Spyder.
Plus, there are stories of cars Wyss says could still be out there... million dollar cars such as the pair of lightweight 1957 Mercedes 300SLS roadsters raced by Paul O’Shea; James Dean’s white pre-A Porsche 356 Speedster or the Corvette XP700 “dream car”.
This isn’t a pretty, picture book. It is much more. It is an entertaining education into the world of big-money car collecting. And, when talking about million dollar+ cars, you need some education.
This book is proposed in this work to bring the practical working details of the horseless vehicle as clearly as possible to the understanding of the general reader. Personal inspection and critical examination of the mechanism of the motive power and running gear is the best method of arriving at the facts as to the operation an durability of so important an element as their power factor.