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