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Title:
Strange but true tales of car collecting : drowned Bugattis, buried Belvederes, felonious Ferraris, and other wild stories of automotive misadventure
ISBN:
9780760344002
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents:
[1] Fame & Fortune -- The $16.4 Million Ferrari -- The O'Quinn Collection -- The Bill Cosby Super Snake -- Jay Leno's Duesenberg -- The Real Chitty Bang Bang -- Fraudulent Lord Brocket -- Steve McQueen's Sunglasses -- Lord Brocket Strikes Again -- The Cobra Rises -- The $4.4 Million Barn Find Bugatti -- A Car of a Different Color -- The Jeffries Porsche -- [2] Wrecks & Ruins -- The Buried Belvedere -- Fiery History of the Jaguar XKSS -- A Princely Collection Rots -- The Forgotten Ferrari GTO -- The Lost Norseman -- The Bugatti in the Lake -- The Veyron in the Lake -- Pikeville Purgatory -- The Junkyard Ferrari -- [3] Stranger than Fiction -- The Bhagwan's 93 Rolls-Royces -- The One-Piece-at-a-Time Cadillac -- The Anything Cars -- The Knee-Steering Besasie Cars -- Portuguese Barn Find -- The Devin-body Ferrari -- The Lost & Found Aston Martin DB4 -- Buried in Ferrari -- The Purloined 500K -- Lance Miller's Quest -- The Pontiac Ghost Cars -- The Green Bay Parts Packer -- Trainload of Bugattis -- The Amphicar -- The Bubble-screened Boondoggle.
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Summary

Summary

Most car collectors exhibit a healthy enthusiasm for their favorite hobby, a tendency to dig into their favorite marques, chase parts, swap stories, and generally live the car-guy life. Some, however, step over that fine line between enthusiasm and obsession--and that's the place from which spring the legendary car-collector stories. In Strange but True Tales of Car Collecting , Keith Martin and the staff of Sport Car Market Magazine recount the wildest car-collecting stories of all time, focusing on tales of the most eccentric and over-the-top collectors and collections. Have you heard of the fellow who squirrelled away dozens of Chevelles, Camaros, and other classic muscle cars in semi trailers? How about the president of Shakespeare fishing rods who in the 1960s sold 30 now-priceless Bugattis for a mere $85,000? The English nobleman who cut up and buried his Ferrari horde in an elaborate insurance scam? Or how about the Duesenberg abandoned in a Manhattan parking garage for decades and uncovered by Tonight Show host Jay Leno? These are just a few of the amazing stories explored in this entertaining book, a must-have title for any car enthusiast. Both car collectors and fans of outrageous classic car, muscle car, and sports car stories will find entertainment in these tales of collectors who've gone off the rails.


Author Notes

Bizarre players? Check. Beautiful cars? Check. Femmes fatales? A few. But there's only one way to find out-open the book, turn the page, and prepare to be amazed!


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 8
Introductionp. 9
Section No 1 Fame & Fortune
The $16.4 Million Ferrarip. 12
The O'Quinn Collectionp. 19
The Bill Cosby Super Snakep. 26
Jay Leno's Duesenbergp. 31
The Real Chitty Bang Bangp. 38
Fraudulent Lord Brocketp. 46
Steve McQueen's Sunglassesp. 53
Lord Brocket Strikes Againp. 60
The Cobra Risesp. 65
The $4.4 Million Barn Find Bugattip. 70
A Car of a Different Colorp. 75
The Jeffries Porschep. 83
Section No 2 Wrecks & Ruins
The Buried Belvederep. 92
Fiery History of the Jaguar XKSSp. 99
A Princely Collection Rotsp. 106
The Forgotten Ferrari GTOp. 111
The Lost Norsemanp. 118
The Bugatti in the Lakep. 124
The Veyron in the Lakep. 131
Pikeville Purgatoryp. 139
The Junkyard Ferrarip. 146
Section No 3 Stranger Than Fiction
The Bhagwan's 93 Rolls-Roycesp. 154
The One-Piece-at-a-Time Cadillacp. 163
The Anything Carsp. 169
Knee-Steering Besasie Carsp. 175
The Portuguese Barn Findp. 181
The Devin-bodied Ferrarip. 188
The Lost and Found Aston Martin DB4p. 192
Buried in Ferrarip. 202
The Purloined 500Kp. 206
Lance Miller's Questp. 211
The Pontiac Ghost Carsp. 218
The Green Bay Parts Packerp. 226
Trainload of Bugattisp. 232
The Amphicarp. 238
The Bubble-screened Boondogglep. 244
Indexp. 253