by Matt Hranek – Published in October 2020; £30, hardback
A beautiful homage to an object of men’s obsession, told in first-hand & original interviews with lavish full-colour photography.
Kevin Costner reveals that he got so attached to the iconic Shelby Mustang he drove in the movie Bull Durham, he bought it for his own personal collection. Franz von Holzhausen, chief designer at Tesla, who worked hand in hand with Elon Musk to design the Tesla Model S prototype, says that his love of cars started when he was two. And as for Snoop Dogg and his 1965 Cadillac “Snoop DeVille” convertible—do we even need to explain?
A Man & His Car includes visits to some of the most exclusive collections in the world—from that of the Petersen Automotive Museum to those of car manufacturers from Fiat to Ford—giving us access to automobiles from the rich and famous. These include:
· Steve McQueen’s favourite car, a 1956 Jaguar XKSS.
· The 1971 DeTomaso Pantera that Elvis purchased for his then-girlfriend Linda Thompson (which has two bullet holes in the steering wheel and one in the driver’s-side floorpan from when Presley fired three rounds into the interior when the car wouldn’t start).
· A super-rare, 24-karat-gold-plated 1980 DeLorean DMC-12, a model that was sold exclusively to American Express Gold Card members through their 1980 catalogue, for an astronomical $85,000 (equivalent to more than $250,000 today).
Exquisite landscape photographs accompany each story, showcasing their impressive builds and gorgeous details: hood ornaments, wheels, interiors. Author and lifestyle editor Matt Hranek excels at the art of storytelling; here, he demonstrates how cars become more than just vehicles for transportation and status symbols; they represent pop-culture moments, pioneering achievements, heirlooms, friendships, and the men who adore them.
About the Author
Matt Hranek is an author, photographer, director & the founder/editor of the men’s lifestyle magazine WM Brown.
He is reasonably obsessed with cars, watches, bespoke tailoring & well-crafted things. Originally from Binghamton, New York—not too far from his Wm Brown Farm in upstate New York—Matt currently lives in Brooklyn & can occasionally be found in old-school hotel bars throughout Europe, Negroni firmly in hand.
He previously wrote the best-selling book ‘A Man & His Watch’.