New additions to the automotive market are judged primarily by efficiency or fuel consumption. Things are quite different for historical cars. Major car shows, from Pebble Beach to Villa dEste, feature classic cars, which, although they may not achieve top marks in the wind tunnel, have a timeless elegance that makes the hearts of all afi cionados skip a beat. The photographer Ansel Adams, who was an honorary judge at Pebble Beach, once de - fined them as follows: "The type of vehicle I would like to be buried in." From the Jaguar XK 140 to the Porsche 550 Spyder, Rene Staud has shot automotive classics in set tings ranging from the subtle to the spectacular. As co-organiser and head of the Car Selection Com mittee for Schloss Bensberg Classics, Jurgen Lewandowski provides authoritative texts. The Classic Cars Book conveys a real passion for these spectacular vehicles, appealing to existing fans and those yet to fall under their spell.