Archive for Items Categorized 'Automobiles', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

GT Love, 50 Years Opel GT

by Jens Cooper & Harald Hamprecht

This little Opel, the first-ever German concept car (1965), has more American connections that just being called the “baby Corvette.” As GM’s European subsidiary several US execs who would become industry heavyweights shaped the fates of this machine.

The 1968 London to Sydney Marathon

by Robert Connor

Nothing like it had ever been done before. Spectators numbering in the millions observed it along its far-flung route, school children followed it with their fingers on the map. It was epic; and, finally, there’s a book about it.

Physics For Gearheads

by Randy Beikmann

Unless you believe a hamster in his wheel—or that tiger in the tank—is what makes your car move, why not explore the science behind it all? This book makes it—almost—easy!

Volkswagen Karmann Ghias and Cabriolets 1949–1980

by Richard A. Copping

Sexy Italian coachwork on what is essentially VW Beetle running gear. Good idea? From concept to the end of production, this book fully explores the role of a specialist coachbuilder in taking Volkswagen into new territory

The Definitive Camaro Guide 1970½ to 1981

by Jason Scott

The European-inspired Camaro was a hit in its day, especially the clean-sheet gen 2 cars discussed here. If you see one in your future, this book offers a solid foundation.

The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car: Its Substance and Its Place in History

edited by Eliot Levin

Lawrence of Arabia famously called Rolls-Royce’s armored cars
“more precious than rubies” because they were so reliable This small book tells their grand story.

Chrysler 300: America’s Most Powerful Car

by Robert Ackerson

The “banker’s hot rod” was not an ordinary car. The 300 has a deservedly proud history, which is why Chrysler keeps bringing the nameplate back. To learn how it all started check out this book.

Mad for Speed,
 The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo



by Elsa A. Nystrom

Possessed of a strong work ethic, social graces and society connections, and unafraid of the new, Cuneo blazed a trail—and also got her fingers burned. Too little has been remembered of her life but now this fine biography shows us what we missed.

Mercedes-Benz – The Grand Cabrios & Coupés

by René Staud (photos), Jürgen Lewandowski (text)

Who needs coupés and cabrios is what this book asks. Unless the answer is self-evident in these photos you’ll have to come up with your own.

When Rolls and Royce Made History on Dover’s White Cliffs

by Paul Tritton

This small book adds useful detail to a lesser-known chapter of the history of not only the two cofounders of Rolls-Royce but two other important men in the firm’s, and Britain’s history.

Moretti—Motociclette, automobili, carrozzerie

by Alessandro Sannia

Most people only know Moretti beer—no connection to the coachbuilder and constructor of all sorts of interesting mechanical things. This is the first complete history.

1 1/2-litre Grand Prix Racing 1961–65 – Low Power, High Tech

by Mark Whitelock

Period photos, cutaway drawings, racing stats and venues, drivers and teams—all put together by someone who paid attention at the time only to grow disappointed by later forms of GP racing. This book is his sympathetic reappraisal of a complicated era.