Cinematic icon Clint Eastwood, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, went from Dirty Harry to a Best Director Oscar in the span of an enviable career.

He celebrates his directorial work through the lens of this colorful calling in a cool new book from Cahiers du cinéma entitled Eastwood on Eastwood, a collaboration with critic and filmmaker Michael Henry Wilson.

Interspersed with a series of interviews are over 300 images, ranging from film stills to set photographs, many from Eastwood’s own private photo albums.

From the days of his earliest successes the tough guy actor began acquiring an impressive collection of sports cars

From the days of his earliest successes the tough guy actor also began acquiring an impressive collection of sports cars, which, though not featured in the book, we’ve chosen to make the highlight of our own homage to the man of the hour.

Here Eastwood, age 26, sits astride his British-made Austin-Healey convertible in Los Angeles sporting the latest in beachwear.

He had just landed his biggest role to date in The First Traveling Saleslady, not, alas a smash hit but the start of something big nonetheless.

A lesson in summer roadster-ing style if ever we saw one….

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