Beautiful Machines

The Era of the Elegant Sports Car

Beautiful Machines tells the stories of over 45 cars that defined the zeitgeist in thrilling detail, paired with gorgeous full-color photos in this lavish ode to the world’s greatest automobiles, and shows how the most successful grand touring cars became trailblazers for the mass-production automotive industry in the past and for the future. 

Start your engines for a grand tour of the most stylish grand motoring automobiles ever created. Evoking an era when elegance, romance, and outright performance defined the automobile—and the fascinating stories that made them icons of the road. From the shark-inspired Maserati Ghibli to the fiery Lamborghini Miura, from European elegance with American firepower such as the Iso Grifo and Facel Vega to the groundbreaking designs of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale and Renault Alpine and the advanced technology behind the Jensen FF or Porsche 918 Spyder—these cars are less transportation and more testaments to beauty, freedom, ambition, innovation, and speed.

This book was conceived and edited by gestalten. Stories are written by automobile expert Blake Z. Rong with a preface by Classic Driver’s Jan Baedeker and gestalten’s Robert Klanten.

Editors: gestalten
Authors: Blake Z. Rong & gestalten
Release date: October 2019
Format: 30 × 27 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-3-89955-988-0

Blake Z. Rong is a freelance writer, editor and journalist whose work has appeared in Autoweek, Road & Track, Jalopnik, Automobile, and Petrolicious, among other publications. He grew up in Massachusetts and holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in New York with a cat named Moose.

Jan Baedeker writes about car culture, travel and design. He is the Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief at Classic Driver. In 2017, he co-edited Fast Forward — The Cars of the Future, The Future of Cars published by gestalten.

SHIPPING COSTS

  • Free shipping to Germany and the USA.
  • Free worldwide shipping from 60 EUR/USD order value.

  • For orders below 60 EUR/USD the following shipping costs apply:

    • Germany & USA : € 0,-
    • European Union: € 10,-
    • ROW (All other): € 40,-

Shipping costs will be assessed during checkout based on the full value of goods purchased.


The shipping cost doesn’t account for any import taxes/customs fees. These fees are not under our control and apply according to the regulations of your selected country of delivery. Please refer to your local customs authorities for more information.


PAYMENT
For shipments to addresses within Germany, payments can be made using a bank transfer, credit card, PayPal, or via Amazon Pay.
For deliveries outside of Germany, payments can be made using a credit card, PayPal, or via Amazon Pay.

Gestalten uses a secure payment system to protect your information. More information on our security procedure is available here

SHIPPING

Once your order is processed and an order confirmation is sent, you will be able to track your shipment using the link in the order confirmation. You will also be able to track your order in your customer account.

Orders are usually received within 2-3 working days for orders placed within Germany, 2-6 working days for those placed within the EU, Switzerland, and Norway. Orders placed within the US will be delivered within 3-7 working days after receiving your order confirmation. Deliveries to all other territories will take 10-14 working days.

Please note that we don’t ship on weekends and public holidays. Deliveries are not made on Sundays and other public holidays. We will try to inform you of any unexpected delays.

RETURNS

Full refunds are available up until 14 days after the order confirmation is sent. You bear the direct costs for returning the products. More information on our return policy is available here.

Start your engines for a grand tour of the most stylish grand motoring automobiles ever created. Evoking an era when elegance, romance, and outright performance defined the automobile—and the fascinating stories that made them icons of the road. From the shark-inspired Maserati Ghibli to the fiery Lamborghini Miura, from European elegance with American firepower such as the Iso Grifo and Facel Vega to the groundbreaking designs of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale and Renault Alpine and the advanced technology behind the Jensen FF or Porsche 918 Spyder—these cars are less transportation and more testaments to beauty, freedom, ambition, innovation, and speed.

This book was conceived and edited by gestalten. Stories are written by automobile expert Blake Z. Rong with a preface by Classic Driver’s Jan Baedeker and gestalten’s Robert Klanten.

Cars English Escape On the Road Photography Style

Editors gestalten
Authors: Blake Z. Rong & gestalten
Release date: October 2019
Format: 30 × 27 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-3-89955-988-0

SHIPPING COSTS

  • Free shipping to Germany and the USA.
  • Free worldwide shipping from 60 EUR/USD order value.

  • For orders below 60 EUR/USD the following shipping costs apply:

    • Germany & USA : € 0,-
    • European Union: € 10,-
    • ROW (All other): € 40,-

Shipping costs will be assessed during checkout based on the full value of goods purchased.


The shipping cost doesn’t account for any import taxes/customs fees. These fees are not under our control and apply according to the regulations of your selected country of delivery. Please refer to your local customs authorities for more information.


PAYMENT
For shipments to addresses within Germany, payments can be made using a bank transfer, credit card, PayPal, or via Amazon Pay.
For deliveries outside of Germany, payments can be made using a credit card, PayPal, or via Amazon Pay.

Gestalten uses a secure payment system to protect your information. More information on our security procedure is available here

SHIPPING

Once your order is processed and an order confirmation is sent, you will be able to track your shipment using the link in the order confirmation. You will also be able to track your order in your customer account.

Orders are usually received within 2-3 working days for orders placed within Germany, 2-6 working days for those placed within the EU, Switzerland, and Norway. Orders placed within the US will be delivered within 3-7 working days after receiving your order confirmation. Deliveries to all other territories will take 10-14 working days.

Please note that we don’t ship on weekends and public holidays. Deliveries are not made on Sundays and other public holidays. We will try to inform you of any unexpected delays.

RETURNS

Full refunds are available up until 14 days after the order confirmation is sent. You bear the direct costs for returning the products. More information on our return policy is available here.

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