My Cool Classic Car: An Inspirational Guide to Classic Cars
By Chris Haddon; Photography by Lyndon McNeil
Dep-O Price: £9.74
‘My Cool Classic Car celebrates our love affair with the car, from the humble Citroën 2CV to the sleek Mercedes 300SL Roadster, appealing beyong the car enthusiast to the retro style enthusiasts and all those who share a passion for quirky and iconic design.
‘Featuring 40 ‘cool’ classics from around the world, together with some of the extraordinary journeys that some of these cars have made – London to Mexico, 2000 mile round trips to Italy, forgotten time capsules untouched for decades – this inspirational guide is guaranteed to leave you contemplating the joys of embarking on your own road trip adventure in one of the iconic cars featured.’
It would be very tempting to initially dismiss this book as a ‘coffee table’ ornament. Yes, its strongest selling point has to be the retro-themed photographs from talented snapper, beard-bearer and chum of Dep-O, Lyndon McNeil, but the more you drink in this book, the more it grows on you. It is a lovely retro thing.
Designed to look and feel distinctly old school, the stories of the cars and their owners, give this book a nice friendly feeling. It’s a bit like a chat in the pub with some car-minded mates. Some photographic-led books, when saddled with a grandiose title, can feel rather too self-important – and the more you delve the greater the anti-climax – but not here.
Featuring models as diverse as an AMC Pacer, a Rover P6B (a 3500S in Tundra since you ask), a beautifully shoddy Ford Model T, and one of our favourites – a Morris 1800 – which competed in the 1970 World Cup Rally, there should be something in here for most defenders of the faith.
Rather than being a fact-heavy digest, this is ideally suited to someone who’s thinking about taking their first leap into the world of old cars, because it’s bound to push them over the edge.