Classic Sports Car - - Books -

The Cité de l’au­to­mo­bile in Mul­house, bet­ter known as the Sch­lumpf, has a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory – with the fa­mous broth­ers ac­cused of buy­ing cars to the detri­ment of work­ers in their tex­tile em­pire.

The Dutch au­thors of this new book at­tempt to re­verse that im­pres­sion with an emo­tive – and a lit­tle one-sided – de­fence of the Swiss-french sib­lings. Fol­low­ing a fam­ily bi­og­ra­phy and the story of how Fritz Sch­lumpf amassed the col­lec­tion, there are car de­scrip­tions with use­ful spec de­tails. There is even a full list of cars in the col­lec­tion when it left the Sch­lumpfs’ care in 1977 – and the prices paid for them! The book is rather let down by its im­agery. There are some good his­toric shots, but the more re­cent pho­tog­ra­phy is dis­ap­point­ing: surely ‘the most beau­ti­ful car col­lec­tion in the world’ de­served the at­ten­tions of a pro­fes­sional? AC

£35 Ard & Arnoud Op de Weegh, Ve­loce. ISBN 978 1 78711309 1

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