The Watch Book

by Gisbert L. Brunner & Christian Pfeiffer-Belli

Sure, smartphones tell time—but that’s not what the engineering marvels and artworks that are the mechanical wristwatch are about. This book showcases 18 makers and highlights of their work.

Streamlined: Classic Cars of the 20th Century

by Malte Jürgens, photos by Michel Zumbrunn

Based on a 2009 museum exhibit in Germany this lavishly photographed book presents 25 important exponents of the theory and practice of making cars aerodynamically efficient—a problem that is still not solved.

Porsche 930 to 935: The Turbo Porsches

by John Starkey 

If the book title sounds familiar it is because this is now the third edition. The previous ones quickly sold out but they had the field pretty much to themselves. Not anymore.

Intermeccanica: The Story of the Prancing Bull (rev. 2nd ed.)

Andrew McCredie & Paula Reisner

Having the good sense to work with skilled designers, Reisner turned out five attention-getting cars in 13 years. Half a century later Intermeccanica still turns out high-quality hand-built vehicles.

Ultra-Large Aircraft 1940–1970

by William Patrick Dean

“Volumetric fuselage aircraft”—if that’s not a word you normally use in a sentence, read this book to get insights into a very complicated subject and some very unusual aircraft.

Classic Grand Prix Cars

by Karl Ludvigsen

Why and how—and when—did F1 shift from front- to rear-engined racers? Back in print now this book offers the sort of in-depth analysis that has made Ludvigsen’s name.

Torpedo: The Complete History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

by Roger Branfill-Cook

Ships sink when they have a hole in them. How to put that hole into a ship, well, that’s not as easy as you might think. This very readable book offers a look into a world we rarely think about.

Porsche: Origin of the Species

by Karl Ludvigsen

Don’t be distracted by the various models of Porsche the company throws at the market in order to have “something for everyone”—at the core there is a discernible bloodline. Ludvigsen shows the connections and unearthed new ones.

Tupolev TU-22 Blinder

by Sergey Burdin & Alan E. Dawes

The West feared it, the Soviets had high hopes for it, but this pioneering supersonic bomber failed to live up to either. But it looked pretty. And crews could turn unused alcohol from the AC system into “vodka.” Nastrowje.

OAL- BB 50

by Paolo Tumminelli (editor)

Having been closely associated for half a century, Alpina and BMW are almost synonymous. This book is a lighthearted but entirely substantive look at what really puts the “ultimate” into The Ultimate Driving Machine.

Second to One: All But For Indy

by Gordon Kirby & Joseph Freeman

Winning the Indy 500 makes you a household name. Well, in some households. For a while. The ones who don’t win, no matter how long the list of their accomplishments here or elsewhere, get no love. Here’s their story.

The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950 to 1960

by Hernan Lopez Laiseca

Fabulous photos, many new to the record, document a formative—and very dangerous—period in a corner of the world in which few people had a driver’s license but were all mad for racing.