My Car Quest

April 12, 2021

Bizzarrini Themed Memorabilia

An artist asks, is there a market for memorabilia of a car so rare? by Lita Makati - Wallace Wyss, a fine artist on the West Coast, tells us that he was shocked that Bizzarrini GT 5300 Stradas have passed one million dollars in value but … [Read more...]

Collecting Carrozzeria Art: A Giugiaro Augmented….

by Wallace Wyss - One of the greatest designers I ever met was Giorgetto Giugiaro. I think when he was a teenager working at Bertone Carrozzeria back in the '50s. He didn't know or didn't want to be presumptuous enough to ask for his drawings … [Read more...]

C8 Corvette – An Artist Tries to Capture an Elusive Target on Canvas

by Wallace Wyss - An old hand in the car world (you can find me on the masthead of Motor Trend in, egad, 1965...) by now it takes one helluva interesting car to get my attention. But I admit the new mid-engined C8 Corvette has got my motor … [Read more...]

Opinion: Monterey 2020 – A Return to Yesteryear?

by Wallace Wyss - In the early 1970s I used to flog the 450 mile drive to Monterey when it was just a weekend, not a car week. Oh sure Steve Earle and his buddies like Chris Cord, would rent the Laguna Seca racetrack to run their Ferrari … [Read more...]

The Folk Art Influence In Automotive Art

by Wallace Wyss - Though I like European cars, my tastes in fine art harkens back to Americana, "folk artists" like Thomas Hart Benton and Edward Hopper. Both painted scenes of American life in the 1920s, featuring the early days of … [Read more...]

A “Primitif” Love For “Streamline Moderne”

by Wallace Wyss - I can’t say when it was when I fell in love with “streamline moderne.” Maybe it was when my parents bought an Electrolux vacuum cleaner in the early ‘50s and I enjoyed its streamline styling and polished metal trim. Maybe it was … [Read more...]