GASTON GRUMMER: THE ART OF CARROSSERIE

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Grummer Philippe , Friry Laurent

The years between the two World Wars was an extraordinary period for the French luxury car trade and during this time, Carrosserie Gaston Grummer was one of the leading coach building houses in... Read more
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The years between the two World Wars was an extraordinary period for the French luxury car trade and during this time, Carrosserie Gaston Grummer was one of the leading coach building houses in Paris.
Descended from a long line of coach builders, Gaston Grummer was the son of Antoine-Joseph whose company, J. Grummer formerly V. Morel, produced first, from 1845, exceptional horse-drawn carriages and from the 1890s automotive bodies. Trained in the family business before World War I, Gaston Grummer, spent the war as a soldier, first on horseback and in the trenches and then in the air as a pilot. At the end of hostilities, he brilliantly re-launched the family business transforming it into the Société Anonyme des Etablissements Grummer. As the company moved towards the production of series bodywork for various manufacturers, Gaston decided that he wanted to break away to build custom cars and in 1924 he created his own company under the name of Carrosserie Gaston Grummer. For the next ten years he achieved great success on both aesthetic and technical levels.
Thanks to recently discovered and previously unpublished archives, his son, Philippe Grummer, in association with one of the best French automotive historians, Laurent Friry, takes us back to this glorious period during the "Roaring Twenties" recalling the major events of the Concours d'Elégance and Les Salons de l'Auto, and describes the bodies that Gaston Grummer produced for the chassis of around 54 manufacturers and the hundred or so prizes which he won.
Illustrated with photographs, press articles and period documents, including the reproduction of a series of design drawings, this reference book on bodywork of the time is a must for any student of the period.

Product specification

Binding
Hardback with slipcase
Pages
736
ISBN / EAN
9781854432902
Publisher
Languages
English
Publication date
01/2018
Illustrations
1000
Dimensions
22 x 32 x 10 cm

Additional information

Book type or Series
Coachbuilders

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