This High-Octane Coffee Table Book Is a Tribute to Instant Automotive Classics

From factory to legendary in 0 seconds flat.
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Cars that officially qualify as "classic" must have been built before 1979, at least according to retro-minded car insurance company Hagerty. But luxury book publisher teNeues has introduced the clever term "Neo Classic" to describe the rarest manufactured vehicles, one-offs and special short-run models made in recent years. These instant automotive legends are the high-octane subjects of the coffee table book Neo Classics: From Factory to Legendary in 0 Seconds. 

Featuring 150 gorgeous images shot by car photographer Rene Staud and text by automotive scribe Jürgen Lewandowski, the 288-page tome salutes elite exotics that stand out for their sky-high prices, extreme exclusivity and mind-blowing performance. Examples include the Bugatti ChironAston Martin DBS SuperleggeraFord GTLamborghini Huracán Spyder and the upcoming Mercedes AMG Project One

© Neo Classics® by René Staud & Jürgen Lewandowski, published by teNeues, $125, www.teneues.com

© Neo Classics® by René Staud & Jürgen Lewandowski, published by teNeues, $125, www.teneues.com

Here's how teNeues describes the iconic rides featured in Neo Classics:  

”They are vehicles that become legends—and coveted collectors’ items—the moment they leave the factory. Faster, more powerful, more exclusive: whether they’re called supercars or hypercars, these are turbo-charged fantasies in chrome.

"For most of us, however, they will remain dreams on wheels. In this book, Rene Staud brings the dream a little closer. Page after gleaming page, the “Master of Light” brings these shining stars to our coffee table."

Priced at $125, Neo Classics is available at teNeus' website now. For a sneak peek at the revved-up tome, check out the photo slideshow above.