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Illustrated Dictionary of Automobile Body Styles

by Lennart W. Haajanen

Modern-day automotive body styles are more or less standardized but in the days of the coachbuilt car, designs—and the accompanying terminology—were bountiful. This book explains their history, often going back to the horse-drawn carriage.

The Amazing Life of John Cooper Fitch

by Art Evans

“Amazing” doesn’t even begin to exhaust the fullness of the man whose obit described him as “bathed in golden sunlight.” Pilot, racer, sailor, inventor, family man, holder of a speed record—for driving backward.

Maxwell Motor and the Making of the Chrysler Corporation

by Anthony J. Yanik

The list of Maxwell innovations is long, not just in terms of technology but also policy such as marketing specifically to women or hiring a gender-balanced sales force. Once a leading US carmaker, the original firm is long defunct but survives today in the form of Fiat Chrysler.

Byron J. Carter

by Dean M. Nelson

If you’ve never heard of a Cartercar, you’re not alone—but if your car has an electric starter, you (may) have to thank this prolific inventor, not least because it is said that not having one probably killed him!

Cuba’s Car Culture, Celebrating the Island’s Automotive Love Affair

by Tom Cotter and Bill Warner

By the 1950s Cuba had the highest per capita automotive purchasing of any Latin American country—and since the 1959 trade embargo its car-dependent population has shown the highest degree of ingenuity to keep these oldies on the road.

Bentley – Cricklewood To Crewe

by Michael Frostick

Published more than thirty years ago this book by and large represented the state of the art of what was then known and as such remains a staple in the marque enthusiast’s library.

The Clydesdale Motor Truck Company: An Illustrated History, 1917–1939

by Tiffany Willey Middleton & James J. Semon

If the Budweiser horses are all that comes to mind when someone says “Clydesdale” this book will add many more arrows to your quiver. Many strands come together in this story and it is good that someone is shining a light on it.

Selling the American Muscle Car: Marketing Detroit Iron in the ’60s and ’70s

by Diego Rosenberg

Just the name “muscle car” was enough to make traditional car buyers—adults, male, conservative—shudder at the thought of running into hotrodders and hooligans at the showroom. Quite the pickle for the carmakers’ marketing folks.

The Fast Times of Albert Champion

by Peter Joffre Nye

You may not know the man but you use his products every time you turn the ignition key. Many of the early pioneers lived large, colorful lives but Champion’s had a particularly bright spark.

The Ford Century in Minnesota

by Brian McMahon

What does Minnesota have to do with Ford? It had the first Ford dealership in the world, started before there even were any Fords to sell. There are many more connections, all covered here.

Tony Hulman: The Man Who Saved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

by Sigur E. Whitaker

From wholesale grocer to motorsports impresario this unknown businessman would become a household name. This biography presents these and many other of his activities.

Shenanigans: Lifting the Hood on General Motors

by Arnold O’Byrne

The author rose from accounts clerk to senior executive at GM and in his role as in-house auditor laid bare corruption, dishonesty, and disrespect at GM Ireland. This autobiography tells it like it is.