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 Chiron, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, Ford GT, Lamborghini Huracán Spyder and the upcoming Mercedes AMG Project One.
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.