“Beautifully presented inside, with contributions from a range of experts, it’s one of the most fascinating books we’ve seen in a long time.”
– Octane Magazine, April 2013
168 pages, leather hardbound
193 color and black & white photos
$60 plus shipping
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In his new book, “The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles,” Dr. Frederick Simeone, along with other noted contributors, presents the case for adopting a new standard for the care and conservatorship of significant automobiles.
In the preface, Dr. Simeone, who edited the book, states, “The desire to respect well-preserved great automobiles is not a new idea. For decades, closet conservators have not come out because of the pristine restoration focus that dominated the hobby… Simultaneously, the rest of the world who acquired and respected historical objects took a different tack. If time was kind to their piece, protected by its previous owners, there was no reason to change it. Dare one strip the shellac on a Townsend desk? Alter the face of a Rittenhouse clock? Reblue a Winchester musket? All insults to the originating craftsmen…to those who acknowledge that their preserved car has special significance as an example of the industrial age’s greatest gift, we suggest that you pass it on to future generations as it left the hands of its creators.”
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See Rick Carey’s review in Sports Car Digest, HERE.
L. Scott George
Fred Simeone, Editor
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Table of Contents
by Fred Simeone
Introduction: Whom Might We Unintentionally Offend?
by Fred Simeone
Chapter I: Automobile Collecting – the Emerging Ethos
by Miles Collier
Comment: Definition of an Historically Important Automobile.
Comment: Provenance: What Is It?
Chapter II: Defining Provenance
by T.E. Berrisford and L. Scott George
Comment: How Long Can Cars be Preserved?
Chapter III: A Century of Preservation
by Evan Ide
Comment: I Want to Use my Car; How Can I Preserve it?
Chapter IV: Goals of Preservation; Responsible Utilization of Historic Automobiles
by Malcolm Collum
Random Thought: Mark Dixon and Doug Nye Worry About Racing Significant Cars
Comment: Economic Value as a Criteria for Preservation
Chapter V: Passage Through Time; the Importance of Originality in the Market of Furniture and Decorative Arts
by Leigh Keno and Leslie Keno
Comment: Patina and False Patination
Comment: Dirt and Corrosion
Comment: “A Tale of Two Hood Straps”, The Role of False Patination
Comment: The Older Restoration Conundrum
Comment: The Conservation Team: Do We Need One?
Chapter VI: Reversible Restoration
by Fred Simeone
Random Thought: The Effects of Restoration
Comment: Material Truth
Chapter VII: Gallery of Unrestored Beauty photographs
by Michael Furman
Chapter VIII: Why We Over-Restore
by Miles Morris
Chapter IX: Preservation Awards Matter
by Mark Gessler
Random Thought: Emotional Response to a Preserved Car
Comment: Judging Preserved Historical Automobiles
Chapter X: Preservation is a Good Horse
by Ed Gilbertson
Comment: Auction Houses and Originality
Comment: A Better Way to Reward the…: The National Historic Preservation
Chapter XI: Restoration And Preservation In Historic Buildings and Automobiles
by Stephen duPont
Comment: A Better Way to Reward the Owner of an Historically Important Automobile: the National Historic Preservation Act
Chapter XII: Historic Significance of the Automobile and Vehicles in General
by Carmel Roberts
Questions for the Reader
Unofficial Preservation Lexicon