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Shelby American Up Close and Behind the Scenes

by Dave Friedman

The years at Shelby’s first premises in Venice were critical and the people who worked there young and enthusiastic, Friedman among them. His photos are an insider’s look at that most American of outfits.

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.

Rat Rod Magazine

Editor: Steve Thaemert

So ugly they are beautiful. At least to some. Rat Rods—an acquired automotive taste? Rat Rod Magazine is proudly published in the USA by veterans. In some ways it is substantially different from your typical hot rod magazine.

COPO Camaro, Chevelle & Nova

by Matt Avery

No corporate ban on racing keeps a good man down. A loophole in GM’s COPO fleet-sales program became a back channel of sorts and today is recognized as the origin of GM’s top muscle cars

Lost Muscle Cars

by Wes Eisenschenk

A departure from the “barn find” theme, this anthology is about noteworthy cars that in quite a few of the cases related here are still MIA. There is some tradecraft discussed but mainly this is more of a mini history of specific cars.

Studebaker and Byers A. Burlingame

by Robert R. Ebert

As CEO, Burlingame, an erstwhile bookkeeper at Packard, was given the hard job of turning around one of the oldest names in the automotive field when the company was in deep trouble. He did, for a while.

Streamliner

by John Wall

Combining salesmanship and media savvy, Loewy created brand images for major corporations but also made himself into a national brand through the assiduous courting of journalists and tastemakers to become the face of both a new profession and a consumer-driven vision of the American dream.

The Cadillac Northstar V-8, A History

by Anthony Young

First seen in the Pininfarina-designed Cadillac Allante, the technically complex Northstar has powered cars as diverse as grocery-getters and a Le Mans prototype. Phased out in 2011, without a direct replacement, this long-serving powerplant gets a good look here.

The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday!

by Bob McClurg

How did Tasca become the premier Ford performance dealership in the US? By being way more than a retailer. Fielding their own race cars, developing their own performance parts, and offering excellent customer service gave them the sterling reputation that is the company’s currency even today.

For the Love of Old Cars: The Jack Passey Story

by Ken Albert

Too few people outside the hardcore collector community seem to know Jack Passey. He may be “Mr. Lincoln” but many other makes found in him a good custodian and early champion of the old-car movement.

The Original Ford GT 101

by Ed Heuvink

The first prototype, the one from which the Ferrari-beating Ford GT sprang, was scrapped in period—and resurrected 50 years later. Both models are covered in this superbly illustrated book.

American Automobiles of the Brass Era

by Robert D. Dluhy

Not exactly bedtime reading, this book is brimming with data but for those who want to skip the raw numbers it also offers insightful Big Picture analysis in the form of text and graphs.