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The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties

ISBN-10: 1845840704

ISBN-13: 9781845840709

 

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The Fate of the Sleeping Beauties

by Ard op de Weegh, Kay Hottendorff and Arnoud op de Weegh

Say "Sleeping Beauties" to committed car enthusiasts and they will immediately know what you're talking about: a world famous 1980s photo series, showing an extraordinary collection of classical automobiles rusting away in a French barn, neglected by their owner. Famous brands like Bugatti, Lancia, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Cord and Aston Martin, laying under thick layers of dust, spending their remaining days falling apart in isolation.

Many have tried to find out what happened to these cars over the last twenty-five years - decayed? destroyed? sold? - but all leads fizzled out ... until two Dutchmen and a German hung on where others had given up. In true Boy's Own style, their book tells of the three-year-long search for the fate of the cars from that French barn. It tells the story behind the collection's origins in 1948, through the moment in 1983 when the famous photos were published, up to the day in 2007 when the authors talked to the current 79 year old owner - a man who finally broke his silence about the fate of his collection for the first time in 25 years.

Contents:

The history of the sleeping beauties

  • Prologue: Three men in search of the truth
  • Cars under dust
  • Exodus of classic cars
  • The collector who is not a collector at all
  • Almost twenty years of peace
  • The secret castle
  • The museum in Sarlat, and the tax authorities
  • Michel Dovaz in 2007
  • Epilogue

The automobiles of Michel Dovaz

  • Introduction
  • The nine Bugattis presented in the Sleeping Beauties book
  • 1928 Bugatti Type 44 Fiacre
  • 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Faux Cabriolet
  • 1930 Bugatti Type 50 Million-Guiet
  • 1931 Bugatti Type 50 Landaulet
  • 1933 Bugatti Type 55 Faux Cabriolet
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Galibier
  • 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux
  • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Coupé Fontana
  • 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante

Twelve other Bugattis owned by Dovaz

  • 1914-26 Bugatti Type 27 Brescia
  • 1927-31 Bugatti Type 35B
  • 1926-27 Bugatti Type 38
  • 1927-35 Bugatti Type 43
  • 1930 Bugatti Type 44 Cabriolet
  • 1930-32 Bugatti Type 46 cabriolet
  • 1930 Bugatti Type 49
  • 1930-34 Bugatti Type 49
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 57
  • 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante
  • 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Van Vooren
  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux

The nine Lancias

  • 1929-35 Lancia Dilambda
  • 1937-39 Lancia Astura Berline Pininfarina
  • 1951-58 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT
  • 1952 Lancia Aurelia B52 Coupé Vignale
  • 1957-70 Lancia Flaminia Berlina
  • 1957-65 Lancia Flaminia GT Coupé

Bella Macchina - eight sporty Italians

  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia Touring
  • 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione
  • 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet Worblaufen
  • 1943 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet Touring
  • 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Ghia
  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Coupé Pininfarina
  • 1954 Siata 208 CS Coupé Balbo
  • 1967 Maserati Quattroporte

Untouched - ten beauties at the Chateau de Sanxet

  • 1936-39 Panhard & Levassor Dynamic Coupé Major
  • 1950 Jowett Jupiter Coupé Ghia Suisse
  • 1957-62 Lotus Elite
  • 1929 Cord L-29 Sedan
  • 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Custom Berline
  • 1941-48 Lincoln Continental
  • 1962-65 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
  • 1952 Bentley R Type Hooper "Empress Saloon"
  • 1962-68 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Bertone
  • 1948-51 Tatra 600 Tatraplan

Class beats volume

  • 1951 Aston Martin DB2
  • 1952 Aston Martin DB2
  • 1946-52 Bentley Mark VI
  • 1934-36 De Soto airflow
  • 1937 Graham Supercharger 116
  • 1951-54 Hotchkiss Grégoire
  • 1964-68 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Cabriolet
  • 1942-48 Lincoln Zephyr Club Coupe
  • 1954-57 Sunbeam Mk III

"Pas important" - the offspring of mass-production

  • 1956 Chevrolet Station Wagon
  • 1947-88 Citroën 2CV
  • 1947-64 Citroën H
  • 1961-67 Ford Econoline
  • 1946-54 Panhard Dyna X
  • 1972-75 Volkswagen K70

Appendix 1: Bibliography
Appendix 2: The sleeping beauties 1983-90
Appendix 3: Map of the Dovaz property, 1983
Appendix 4: GPS coordinates of the event locations


Buch, Hardcover, 21,5 x 26 cm, 160 Seiten, 297 farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text
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