Rene Staud is "back in black." Like the opening riff of the famous AC/DC song, Black Beauties is predestined to delight little boys and big boys alike. In his consistently compelling images, Staud shows us a series of historic cars painted in the "colour" of classical elegance and sporty power: the legendary Alfa Romeo 8C of the 1930s, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the fastest open-topped production car ever made, and even the "Goddess" Citroen DS. In addition to the gorgeous photos, there are essays by renowned authors about the significance and effect of the "colour" black on auto- motive design. A wonderful photo volume that is anything but colourless!