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

Hot Rod Milestones: America’s Coolest Coupes, Roadsters, and Racers

by Ken Gross & Robert Genat

Many stars are on the hot rod firmament; this book shows the 25 whose light reaches farthest and explains what technical and stylistic attributes endowed them with lasting influence.

Built to Better the Best: The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation History

by Jack Mueller

Cars pretty much sold themselves in the years following WWII. K-F, the new kid on the block, had the ideas, the product, the manufacturing capability, motivated workers, government loans—and still failed. This book takes a stab at laying out the complex reasons why.

Hurst Equipped: More Than 50 Years of High Performance

by Rich Truesdell & Mark Fletcher

Don’t pass this book by because it has muscle cars on the cover! Hurst was so much more than performance parts and racecars. This is the first-ever look at the company and its many products and, at least a little bit, the man himself.

GM’s Motorama: The Glamorous Show Cars of a Cultural Phenomenon

by David W Temple

Lower, longer, wider. Often outrageously designed—and often enough outrageously impractical for real-word use (David Davis calls them “comic book fantasies” in his Introduction)—these show cars were the most American of American cars and American lifestyle.

Kar-Kraft

by Charles Henry

Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans. But FoMoCo didn’t do it alone. Kar-Kraft was a key contributor and Ford was pretty much its only customer. The author worked there and so can offer an inside look.

Automobile Manufacturers of Cleveland and Ohio, 1864–1942

by Frank E. Wrenick with Elaine Wrenick

Automobiles made in Ohio? How about five hundretmarques! Ever hear of a Ben-Hur? If not, this book will add a whole new arsenal of automotive minutia to your lexicon.

Shelby Mustang GT350

by Chuck Cantwell

An insider’s look at the early days of Shelby American getting into “mass production” and turning a car with sporty pretensions into a race-ready and race-worthy macine.

Something New Under the Sun, The History of America’s First Car

by Carol Jean Lambert

Not, not Henry Ford but the author’s great-grandfather, in 1891. Didn’t know that? Well, this book is well intended, and colorful, but a bit light on the sort of data that engineering folk would crave.

Mercer Magic

by Clifford W. Zink

Worth millions today, these high-performance cars were built by the heir to a bridge-building dynasty who died tragically on the Titanic. But wait, there’s more, a lot more. And it’s all here in the first complete history of the Mercer automobile.

Steve Magnante’s 1001 Corvette Facts

by Steve Magnante

On the lighter but by no means lightweight side of the large body of Corvette literature, this book will entertain and educate for a long while. Written by someone who is a sponge around all things automotive!

Creative Industries of Detroit

by Leon Dixon

Thousands of projects over several decades came out of Creative, mostly super-secret, and this is the first book about them! Well, some of them, and some of it is necessarily speculative. Still, this book answers questions you couldn’t have known you have.

The Age of Hot Rods


by Albert Drake 


If you follow rodding, Drake’s name will ring a bell. For years and decades this rodder and writer has contributed to magazines and written books and this latest compilation makes it easy for new rodding enthusiasts to see what sitting at the feet of their elders would have been like.