Richard Adatto is an expert on pre-World War II French aerodynamic cars. A resident of Seattle, Washington, he has written and co-authored numerous books, including From Passion to Perfection; Curves of Steel; The Art of Bugatti: Mullin Automotive Museum; and French Curves: Delahaye – Delage – Talbot-Lago. Delage Style and Design, and Curves of Steel. I’m happy to say I have many of Richard’s books in my library. He has worked on Videos for the Discovery channel and History as a consultant and on air personality. Richard has judged in national car shows both here in America as well as abroad in the United Kingdom, and France. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for more than 25 years and is on their selection committee. In the United Kingdom he is a member of Salon Prive Concours selection committee.
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Richard published a book for General Motors about the history of GM. He invested $100,000 and just when the book was ready to ship, GM went bankcrupt. Listen to find out what this hard-learned lesson taught Richard.
After purchasing his first Delahaye automobile and learning it wasn’t built in the year he was told, he turned it in to a race car and with coaching from Phil Hill, he went vintage racing and discovered a passion he didn’t know he had.
FIRST SPECIAL AUTOMOBILES
A Delahaye that he restored and ended up taking First In Class at Pebble Beach.
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Just buy a car that you love, and that you can write a check for.
Watkins Glenn Library – www.watkinsglenlibrary.org
Detroit Public Library – www.detroit.lib.mi.us
The Ford Museum Library – www.thehenryford.org
The National Automobile Museum in Reno – www.automuseum.org
www.adattoauto.com/books – Books at Adatto Books
www.coachbuiltpress.com – Coachbuilt Press
Experience as many different cars as you can.
HOW TO FIND RICHARD
You can find Richard at www.adattoauto.com
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