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The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties

by op de Weegh, Ard Code: 52208 Format: Paperback / 160 pages Publication date: 28/04/2019 Availability: In Stock. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia Price: AU $29.99 (was AU $49.99) You save AU $20.00
Say `Sleeping Beauties' to committed car enthusiasts and they will immediately know what you're talking about: a world famous 1980s photo series, showing an extraordinary collection of classical automobiles rusting away in a French barn, neglected by their owner. Famous brands like Bugatti, Lancia, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Cord and Aston Martin, laying under thick layers of dust, spending their remaining days falling apart in isolation. Many have tried to find out what happened to these cars over the last twenty-five years - decayed? destroyed? sold? - but all leads fizzled out ... until two Dutchmen and a German hung on where others had given up. In true Boy's Own style, their book tells of the three-year-long search for the fate of the cars from that French barn. It tells the story behind the collection's origins in 1948, through the moment in 1983 when the famous photos were published, up to the day in 2007 when the authors talked to the current 79 year old owner - a man who finally broke his silence about the fate of his collection for the first time in 25 years.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: In Stock. Usually dispatched same business day from Sydney, Australia
Publication date: 28/04/2019
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 250mm X 207mm
Code: 52208
Foreword Acknowledgements The history of the sleeping beauties Prologue: Three men in search of the truth Cars under dust Exodus of classic cars The collector who is not a collector at all Almost twenty years of peace The secret castle The museum in Sarlat, and the tax authorities Michel Dovaz in 2007 Epilogue The automobiles of Michel Dovaz Introduction The nine Bugattis presented in the Sleeping Beauties book 1928 Bugatti Type 44 Fiacre 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Faux Cabriolet 1930 Bugatti Type 50 Million-Guiet 1931 Bugatti Type 50 Landaulet 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Faux Cabriolet 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Galibier 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Coupe Fontana 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante Twelve other Bugattis owned by Dovaz 1914-26 Bugatti Type 27 Brescia 1927-31 Bugatti Type 35B 1926-27 Bugatti Type 38 1927-35 Bugatti Type 43 1930 Bugatti Type 44 Cabriolet 1930-32 Bugatti Type 46 cabriolet 1930 Bugatti Type 49 1930-34 Bugatti Type 49 1934 Bugatti Type 57 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Van Vooren 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux The nine Lancias 1929-35 Lancia Dilambda 1937-39 Lancia Astura Berline Pininfarina 1951-58 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 1952 Lancia Aurelia B52 Coupe Vignale 1957-70 Lancia Flaminia Berlina 1957-65 Lancia Flaminia GT Coupe Bella Macchina - eight sporty Italians 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia Touring 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet Worblaufen 1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet Touring 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Ghia 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Coupe Pininfarina 1954 Siata 208 CS Coupe Balbo 1967 Maserati Quattroporte Untouched - ten beauties at the Chateau de Sanxet 1936-39 Panhard & Levassor Dynamic Coupe Major 1950 Jowett Jupiter Coupe Ghia Suisse 1957-62 Lotus Elite 1929 Cord L-29 Sedan 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Custom Berline 1941-48 Lincoln Continental 1962-65 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III 1952 Bentley R Type Hooper `Empress Saloon' 1962-68 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Bertone 1948-51 Tatra 600 Tatraplan Class beats volume 1951 Aston Martin DB2 1952 Aston Martin DB2 1946-52 Bentley Mark VI 1934-36 De Soto airflow 1937 Graham Supercharger 116 1951-54 Hotchkiss Gregoire 1964-68 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Cabriolet 1942-48 Lincoln Zephyr Club Coupe 1954-57 Sunbeam Mk III `Pas important' - the offspring of mass-production 1956 Chevrolet Station Wagon 1947-88 Citroen 2CV 1947-64 Citroen H 1961-67 Ford Econoline 1946-54 Panhard Dyna X 1972-75 Volkswagen K70 Appendix 1: Bibliography Appendix 2: The sleeping beauties 1983-90 Appendix 3: Map of the Dovaz property, 1983 Appendix 4: GPS coordinates of the event locations Index