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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.

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Dispatch conditions

The products are delivered all over the world.

Dispatch costs (inclusive of legally applicable VAT)

Domestic deliveries (Germany): 

We do not charge any shipping costs.

Deliveries to foreign countries:

Free shipping to European Union and the USA.
Free worldwide shipping from 60 EUR/USD order value.

For orders below 60 EUR/USD the following shipping costs apply:
European Union & USA : € 0,-
All other countries: € 40,-


From an order value of 60,00 €, we deliver shipments to foreign countries free of cost.

Delivery periods

Unless otherwise specified in the quote, domestic delivery of goods shall be made (Germany) within 2 - 4 days, for deliveries abroad within 3 - 15 days from conclusion of contract (if advance payment agreed from the date of the payment instruction).
Please note that deliveries are not made on Sundays and other holidays.

If you have ordered articles with different delivery dates, we send the articles together in one delivery if no other agreement has been made. The delivery date for the complete order will be the same as that of the article with the longest delivery time.

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-  Payment via credit card
-  Payment via PayPal
-  Payment via PayPal Express
-  Payment via Sofortüberweisung [immediate transfer]
-  Payment via Google Pay
-  Payment via Apple Pay
-  Shopify Payments, ideal, eps-Überweisung, Bancontact



Further details on payment

 

If payment is to be made via an SEPA base debit note or an SEPA corporate debit note, you authorise us to collect the billing amount from the specified account by issuing a corresponding SEPA mandate. You will receive a pre-notification at least 5 days before the date of the direct debit collection. Please ensure that the account in question possesses sufficient covering funds on the due date.

If payment is made using a credit card, your credit card account is debited in conjunction with the conclusion of the contract.


In case of questions, please contact us at the contact details mentioned in the Legal Notice.

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.

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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.

Payment and dispatch

The following terms and conditions apply:

Dispatch conditions

The products are delivered all over the world.

Dispatch costs (inclusive of legally applicable VAT)

Domestic deliveries (Germany): 

We do not charge any shipping costs.

Deliveries to foreign countries:

Free shipping to European Union and the USA.
Free worldwide shipping from 60 EUR/USD order value.

For orders below 60 EUR/USD the following shipping costs apply:
European Union & USA : € 0,-
All other countries: € 40,-


From an order value of 60,00 €, we deliver shipments to foreign countries free of cost.

Delivery periods

Unless otherwise specified in the quote, domestic delivery of goods shall be made (Germany) within 2 - 4 days, for deliveries abroad within 3 - 15 days from conclusion of contract (if advance payment agreed from the date of the payment instruction).
Please note that deliveries are not made on Sundays and other holidays.

If you have ordered articles with different delivery dates, we send the articles together in one delivery if no other agreement has been made. The delivery date for the complete order will be the same as that of the article with the longest delivery time.

Accepted Payment options

-  Payment via SEPA direct debit
-  Payment via credit card
-  Payment via PayPal
-  Payment via PayPal Express
-  Payment via Sofortüberweisung [immediate transfer]
-  Payment via Google Pay
-  Payment via Apple Pay
-  Shopify Payments, ideal, eps-Überweisung, Bancontact



Further details on payment

 

If payment is to be made via an SEPA base debit note or an SEPA corporate debit note, you authorise us to collect the billing amount from the specified account by issuing a corresponding SEPA mandate. You will receive a pre-notification at least 5 days before the date of the direct debit collection. Please ensure that the account in question possesses sufficient covering funds on the due date.

If payment is made using a credit card, your credit card account is debited in conjunction with the conclusion of the contract.


In case of questions, please contact us at the contact details mentioned in the Legal Notice.

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