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Gaston Grümmer: The Art of Carrosserie by Philippe Grümmer and Laurent Friry
 
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Gaston Grümmer: The Art of Carrosserie
Regular Hardbound Edition
by Philippe Grümmer and Laurent Friry

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Philippe Grümmer and Laurent Friry signing Gaston Grümmer: The Art of Carrosserie.

Philippe Grümmer & Laurent Friry, authors of Gaston Grümmer: The Art of Carrosserie, will be available to dedicate copies of their new book at Rétromobile 2018 on the Motors Mania stand (HALL 1 STAND E-013) on February 7th from 2-3 pm, February 9th from 5-6 pm and February 10th from 2-3 pm.

A few years ago, Philippe Grümmer discovered a trunk of magazines, pictures and records relating to his father’s work as a coachbuilder, and he recognised their significance in the history of the automobile. After writing several articles on the subject and seeing the possibility of a major book he approached the automobile historian Laurent Friry to write it with him. The book is currently in production and is expected to be released December, 2017.

ABOUT THE BOOK: The years between the two World Wars was an extraordinary period for the French luxury car trade and during this time, Carrosserie Gaston Grümmer was one of the leading coach building houses in Paris.

Descended from a long line of coach builders, Gaston Grümmer was the son of Antoine-Joseph whose company, J. Grümmer 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 Grümmer, 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 Grümmer. 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 Grümmer. 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Thanks to recently discovered and previously unpublished archives, his son, Philippe Grümmer, in association with one of the best French automotive historians, Laurent Friry, takes us back to this glorious period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 Grümmer 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.

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Author Biography
Philippe Grümmer, Gaston Grümmer’s youngest son, was born in Angers, France in 1942. After retiring from his work as a developer of shopping centres, he occupies himself with writing and photography and as a freelance journalist with special interests in horses, hunting, carriages, cars, art and travel.

A few years ago, he discovered a trunk of magazines, pictures and records relating to his father’s work as a coachbuilder, and he recognised their significance in the history of the automobile. After writing several articles on the subject and seeing the possibility of a major book he approached the automobile historian Laurent Friry to write it with him. Philippe is a member of the Automobile Club de France where he is president of the Groupe de Cavaliers (Riders’ Club) and a member of the Historical Commission.

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Great book January 16, 2018
Reviewer: Jacques Grummer from Echt, Limburg Netherlands  
thanks to excellent research we can enjoy a good Book about a forgotten aspect of French coachbuilding during the first 35 years of the 20th century, a glance into great  craftmanship and entrpreneurial skills.
Also a document on my french family.

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Gaston Grummer Pre-Order Reservation Code October 24, 2017
Reviewer: John Rafert from Noblesville , IN United States  
I completed the order reservation. It went well and I continue to look forward to my copy when available.

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