The car has been one of the most important icons of 20th-century design, whether as functional object, vision of the future or design statement. Designers, influenced by changes in technology, in society and by contemporary intellectual movements, have created some of the most forceful expressions of the integration of art and function. This book is a comprehensive history of these developments. Each chapter covers a classic era in car design, including:
The emergence of the luxury cars in America and Europe during the 1920s and 30s.
The explosion of mass-production in the automobile industry from the 1950s
The consumer-orientated approach of the last decades of the 20th century
With over 600 photographs of some of the greatest cars ever produced, this book will delight both design and car enthusiasts.