Early in 2020, veteran automotive writer Axel Catton and veteran automotive photographer Michel Zumbrunn were looking for a project they could work on during the pandemic. Along with publisher teNeues, they settled on the idea that became Lost Beauties: 50 Cars that Time Forgot, a new, lavishly illustrated coffee-table book that takes an in-depth look at influential, outlier, or just plain weird vintage vehicles that have all but vanished from the (general) public imagination.
Starting with 300 images that Zumbrunn had shot over the past decade or so, Catton and his collaborators each created a list of the 50 cars they’d want to include in the book. “About 45 were identical on all three lists,” Catton said. “We said, wow, that’s something. It made our job much easier.”
Cars were chosen based on a few criteria. “I wanted to look at the pictures and have them speak to me