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The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation

1st Edition

Edited by Barry Stiefel, Jennifer Clark


416 pages | 63 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation explores automotive heritage, its place in society, and the ways we might preserve and conserve it.

Drawing on contributions from academics and practitioners around the world and comprising six sections, this volume carries the heritage discourse forward by exploring the complex and sometimes intricate place of automobiles within society. Taken as a whole, the book helps to shape how we think about automobile heritage and considers how that heritage explores a range of cultural, intellectual, emotional, and material elements well outside of the automobile body itself. Most importantly, perhaps, it questions how we might better acknowledge the importance of automotive heritage now and in the future.

The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation is unique in that it juxtaposes theory with practice, academic approaches with practical experience, and recognizes that issues of preservation and conservation belong in a broad context. As such, the volume should be essential reading for both academics and practitioners with an interest in automobiles, cultural heritage, and preservation.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Alfeiri Maserati

Driven Heritage: Introduction, by Barry L. Stiefel and Jennifer Clark

Part One: Defining Automotive Heritage from Other Forms of Heritage Studies

Chapter 1: Preservation Education and Automotive Heritage: A Holistic Approach, by Barry L. Stiefel

Chapter 2: The Treatment of Historic Automobiles and Buildings: Conservation Charters and Impacts on Practice, by Jeremy C. Wells

Chapter 3: Archaeology and the Automobile, by Miles Collier


Part Two: Conservation and Preservation of Historic Vehicles and Associated Built Environments

Chapter 4: The "Original Car": Conservation, Preservation, and the Dilemma of Mass Production, by Luke Chennell

Chapter 5: Customized Vehicles as Material Culture: A Tale of Two Hot Rods, by Forest Casey

Chapter 6: Thinking before Restoration: Case Studies from France's National Automobile Museum – Schlumpf Collection, by Richard Keller

Chapter 7: Restoring the "Unrestored": New Challenges in the Preservation of Historic Vehicles, by Gundula Tutt

Chapter 8: Made in England: How the British Set the World Standard in Preserving Motorcycle History and Historic Motorcycles, by James J. Ward

Chapter 9: Adaptive Reuse: Parking, Zoning, and Shopping Malls, by Paula Nasta


Part Three: The Future of the Automotive Museum

Chapter 10: Motoring Museums in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, by Pal Negyesi

Chapter 11: Do You Wear White Gloves When Changing a Tire? The Role of Museums in Historic Vehicle Preservation, by Alexander Gates

Chapter 12: Rolling Sculpture: Fine Cars as Fine Art… It’s About Time, by Ken Gross

Chapter 13: A Shared Heritage of Modernity: Telling Inclusive Motoring Stories in the National Motor Museum of Australia, by Jennifer Clark


Part Four: The Significance of Experiencing Intangible Automotive Heritage

Chapter 14: Sociologizing Automotive Heritage: Traditions of Automobile Folklore, by Tomasz Burzyńsk

Chapter 15: What Moves Us: Differences in Cultural Attitudes towards Automotive Preservation and Use between Scandinavia and the United States, by Katya O. Sullivan

Chapter 16: Pebble Beach and Barrett-Jackson: The Nexus of Auotmobile Heritage and Tourism, by Michael V. Conlin and Lee Jolliffe

Chapter 17: Golden Boy in a Brave New World: Mike Hawthorn and Motor Sports Heritage on a Cultural Landscape, by Jonathan Summers

Chapter 18: Car(acter) in Cinematic Culture, by Marcin Mazurek

Chapter 19: Driving in the Dark: Automobilities in Film Noir Landscapes, by Gary Best


Part Five: Car Design and Heritage Identity Making

Chapter 20: Branding an American Icon: Cultural Heritage and the Corvette Community, by Virginia D’Antonio

Chapter 21: Casting Values: Moulding the Israeli National Car, by Doron Oryan

Chapter 22: Driving Patriotism: The Shaping of British Nationalism and Nostalgia in Motor Sport Magazine, by Hernan Tesler-Mabé

Chapter 23: From Hobby to High End via Heritage: Becoming "Bentley", by Elton G. McGoun


Part Six: Sustainable Futures for Personal Mobility

Chapter 24: What Will Remain of Automobilism and Car Culture?: Current Issues of Global and Local Automotive Heritage, by Mathieu Flonneau

Chapter 25: It’s the End of the Car as we Know it: The Transformational Impact of Autonomous Cars, by Anna-Lena Berscheid

Chapter 26: In Search of the Greenest Car: Automobility and Sustainability, by Barry L. Stiefel and Amalia Leifeste


Heritage Driven: Conclusion by Barry L. Stiefel and Jennifer Clark

Afterword by Restoration, Preservation, Mentorship (RPM) Foundation, by Diane Fitzgerald and William Hall

Biographies of Contributors


About the Editors

Barry L. Stiefel is an Associate Professor in the Historic Preservation and Community Planning program at the College of Charleston. He is interested in how the sum of local preservation efforts affect regional, national, and multi-national policies as well as preservation education. Recently he has taken an interest in automobiles as a metaphor for rethinking the way we approach the preservation of the built environment. Dr. Stiefel has published numerous books and articles. Originally from southeastern Michigan, where the automobile industry was key to the region’s identity, Dr. Stiefel now resides in South Carolina with his family and where his primary mode of transportation is a bicycle.

Professor Jennifer Clark is Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her research areas in automobility include motor museums, roadside memorials and the motoring life. She is the editor of Safe and Mobile (1999), author of Aborigines and Activism (2008), The American Idea of England, 1776-1840 (2013) and editor with Adele Nye of Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards (2018). She is currently the lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project on the social histories of Holden.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Care & Restoration
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / General
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / Antique & Classic
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / History