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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 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, 336 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.

SHIPPING COSTS

    SHIPPING WITHIN THE UK:

    SHIPPING WITHIN GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION:

    SHIPPING WITHIN THE US:

    SHIPPING TO ALL OTHER COUNTRIES:

    • €0.00 for orders above €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop
    • €40.00 for orders below €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop

    Additional customs charges, taxes, and fees may be charged for shipments to countries outside the EU and the US.

     

    SHIPMENT TRACKING

    Once your order is ready to be shipped, you receive a confirmation email with the delivery details and a tracking link. Please note, that it can take some days before the tracking information is uploaded. You will also be able to track your order when you log into your account.

     

    DELIVERY TIMES

    Unless otherwise specified, 

    • deliveries within Germany usually take 2–5 working days, 
    • deliveries within the European Union, to Switzerland and Norway usually take 3–7 working days, 
    • deliveries within the UK, usually take 3–7 working days,
    • deliveries within the US usually take 5–10 working days,
    • deliveries to all other countries may take 3–8 weeks

    from the date you receive your order confirmation (or, if advance payment  is agreed, from the date payment is instructed).

    Please note that we don’t ship on weekends and public holidays and that there will be no deliveries on Sundays and public holidays.

    If you have ordered items with different delivery times, we will send the goods in one shipment, unless we have made a different agreement with you. In this case, the delivery time is determined by the item with the longest delivery time that you have ordered.

     

    PAYMENT OPTIONS

    We accept the following payment methods:

    • Credit card: MasterCard, VISA
    • Paypal
    • Google Pay
    • Apple Pay
    • Shopify Payments
    • SEPA direct debit
    • Sofortüberweisung
    • ideal
    • eps-Überweisung
    • Bancontact

    FURTHER DETAILS ON PAYMENT:

    The currency used in our EU online shop is Euro (€) and VAT is included in all our prices. The currency used in our UK online shop it is GBP (£) and in our US online shop it is USD ($) and all prices are expressed as exclusive of any VAT or other sales tax payable unless otherwise stated.

    All prices and product information on the gestalten online shop are subject to change.

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

    We will only take payment from your credit card, debit card or your Paypal account once your order has been dispatched.

    For card purchases we work with an authorized payment agent that helps us to check directly with your bank that the card is valid for purchases. Our payment agent processes your card details in the correct way according to the international security standard PCI DSS, which was developed by the card companies VISA, MasterCard, Diners, American Express and JCB. This means that your card details are processed with a very high level of security. To make card purchases with us as secure as possible all information is sent in encrypted form using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This means that the information is passed through a secure connection and that your card details cannot be read by external parties.

    For further information about Paypal or to create a Paypal account please visit paypal.com.

    When paying by SEPA direct debit, you authorize us to collect the invoice 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 direct debit collection. Please note that you are required to ensure sufficient funds are in the account on the announced date. 

     

    RETURNS

    You have a 14-day window to revoke your contract without specifying any reasons. To exercise your right of revocation, please notify us accordingly.

    To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

    Please note, that gift cards and downloadable software products are non-returnable. 

    Upon revocation, we will provide a full refund using the same payment method you utilized. You are responsible for covering the direct costs associated with returning the products, especially any shipping charges incurred. Repayment may be withheld until the products are returned to us. For further details, please refer to the section on Revocation Right.

     

    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.

     

    Cars English Escape On the Road Photography Style

    Editors gestalten
    Authors: Blake Z. Rong & gestalten
    Release date: October 2019
    Format: 30 × 27 cm
    Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 336 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.

    SHIPPING COSTS

      SHIPPING WITHIN THE UK:

      SHIPPING WITHIN GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION:

      SHIPPING WITHIN THE US:

      SHIPPING TO ALL OTHER COUNTRIES:

      • €0.00 for orders above €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop
      • €40.00 for orders below €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop

      Additional customs charges, taxes, and fees may be charged for shipments to countries outside the EU and the US.

       

      SHIPMENT TRACKING

      Once your order is ready to be shipped, you receive a confirmation email with the delivery details and a tracking link. Please note, that it can take some days before the tracking information is uploaded. You will also be able to track your order when you log into your account.

       

      DELIVERY TIMES

      Unless otherwise specified, 

      • deliveries within Germany usually take 2–5 working days, 
      • deliveries within the European Union, to Switzerland and Norway usually take 3–7 working days, 
      • deliveries within the UK, usually take 3–7 working days,
      • deliveries within the US usually take 5–10 working days,
      • deliveries to all other countries may take 3–8 weeks

      from the date you receive your order confirmation (or, if advance payment  is agreed, from the date payment is instructed).

      Please note that we don’t ship on weekends and public holidays and that there will be no deliveries on Sundays and public holidays.

      If you have ordered items with different delivery times, we will send the goods in one shipment, unless we have made a different agreement with you. In this case, the delivery time is determined by the item with the longest delivery time that you have ordered.

       

      PAYMENT OPTIONS

      We accept the following payment methods:

      • Credit card: MasterCard, VISA
      • Paypal
      • Google Pay
      • Apple Pay
      • Shopify Payments
      • SEPA direct debit
      • Sofortüberweisung
      • ideal
      • eps-Überweisung
      • Bancontact

      FURTHER DETAILS ON PAYMENT:

      The currency used in our EU online shop is Euro (€) and VAT is included in all our prices. The currency used in our UK online shop it is GBP (£) and in our US online shop it is USD ($) and all prices are expressed as exclusive of any VAT or other sales tax payable unless otherwise stated.

      All prices and product information on the gestalten online shop are subject to change.

      If you have any questions, please contact us.

      We will only take payment from your credit card, debit card or your Paypal account once your order has been dispatched.

      For card purchases we work with an authorized payment agent that helps us to check directly with your bank that the card is valid for purchases. Our payment agent processes your card details in the correct way according to the international security standard PCI DSS, which was developed by the card companies VISA, MasterCard, Diners, American Express and JCB. This means that your card details are processed with a very high level of security. To make card purchases with us as secure as possible all information is sent in encrypted form using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This means that the information is passed through a secure connection and that your card details cannot be read by external parties.

      For further information about Paypal or to create a Paypal account please visit paypal.com.

      When paying by SEPA direct debit, you authorize us to collect the invoice 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 direct debit collection. Please note that you are required to ensure sufficient funds are in the account on the announced date. 

       

      RETURNS

      You have a 14-day window to revoke your contract without specifying any reasons. To exercise your right of revocation, please notify us accordingly.

      To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

      Please note, that gift cards and downloadable software products are non-returnable. 

      Upon revocation, we will provide a full refund using the same payment method you utilized. You are responsible for covering the direct costs associated with returning the products, especially any shipping charges incurred. Repayment may be withheld until the products are returned to us. For further details, please refer to the section on Revocation Right.

       

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