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Biscaretti di Ruffia, Carlo (ed.), Auto 1955: International Annual of Automobiles, New York, Tudor Publishing Company, 1954, first edition, 4to (9.75" x 7.5"), HB, gray cloth bds w/ red titles, VG / none. Endpapers darkened, extremities bumped & worn, text block edges yellowed, spine faded.

219 pp. Profuse illustrations, a few color plates. Index. Text in Italian, French, German and English. Foreword by the publisher, preface, appendices. Short texts accompanied by drawings, such as "The Old Family Coach Replaces the Horse with the Engine," "Three Important Stages of Body Structure in the 19th Century," "The 1925 Line," "The First Aerodynamics," and histories of the luggage compartment and headlamp. Every(?) car to be released for the year 1955, with technical specs, some prices. The Reims winner for 1954, the Mercedes Benz Grand Prix 2.5 liter, is especially intriguing. A must for any car lover.    [Book ID # 1422]


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