We are concerned with carriages de luxe and the minds of the men who conceived them."" In a text dotted with specifications for the luxury cars produced in Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United States, the authors speak to the classic car buff who knows a good deal about engines and designs. They speak ""nostalgically and eulogistically"" of the days when ""individual skills and craftsmanship"" went into the building of an auto. Generous illustrations (many in color) of the superb machines enhance the text at every point. Some of the grandiose, glossy paint ads featuring the various cars are shown with photographs of the cars as they actually were and the real does not suffer next to the rendering. Those interested in classic cars will welcome this balanced international approach.