Mercedes 300 SL, Car of the Century

by Hans Kleissl and Harry Niemann

A truly different book about a car that so much has already been written about. No wonder, considering who the authors are.

The Land Rover Story

by Dave Phillips

Beginning with the 1970s Range Rover model, the Spartan, rugged Landy of yore has moved resolutely upmarket. It still goes, true to its motto, “Above & Beyond” but the firm has also just recorded its largest financial loss in history. A big story, told here by a marque expert.

The Face of Change: Portraits of Automotive Evolution

by John Nikas & Michael Furman

Cars have changed over time. Obviously. Suppose one analyzed the past and isolated specific reasons, could future change become predictable? If this is too highbrow just geek out on the sumptuous photos.

The Last Shelby Cobra: My Times with Carroll Shelby

by Chris P. Theodore

Carroll Shelby doesn’’t seem to have had an idle day in his long life and to the end was hatching new ideas. This book by a Ford exec who worked with him looks at the last 20-odd years.

Valkyrie: The North American XB-70

by Graham M. Simons 

70,000 ft of altitude, Mach 3, and the crew is in shirtsleeves. None of these three things are normal. This super plane took supersonic flight to the edge of the envelope. And then it died.

Corvette Stingray: The Mid-Engine Revolution

An abundance of nice pictures present some first looks at the eighth generation Corvette, the first with a mid-engine configuration. Though it’s a little light on those promised development details, it is all GM-approved.

The Boy: Stirling Moss, A Life in 60 Laps

by Richard Williams

The era-defining British racing driver died in 2020, which will surely spawn a plethora of commemorative books. Williams’ is the first, and, taking a fresh approach, it sets a high bar.

Cars at Speed, Classic Stories from Grand Prix’s Golden Age

by Robert Daley

Two of the serious must-have racing reads are under this author’s byline. They are among his earliest work and possibly even more thrilling to read today—because no one does it like this anymore—than they were then.

Porsche SC

by Andrew Clusker

As hands-on as one could wish for, and detailed and clear enough to save expensive surprises when shopping for a classic 911. If you already have a 911, and even if you’ve already torn into it yourself, you’ll probably find useful procedures here.

Quest for Speed: The Epic Saga of Record-Breaking on Land

by Barry John

Ever watch a car break the sound barrier? If it’s a blur to look at, imagine what it looks like from inside the cockpit! When Chuck Yeager had done it in the air half a century before, he too was rattled. This book covers highlights of the 100-year LSR history.

The B-25 in the Backyard

by Walter C. Soplata

Talk about taking your work home . . . the author worked in a scrapyard, and, being an aviation enthusiast, hated to have to cut up so many interesting bits. So he bought stuff, from motors to entire airfames. Good thing he had a large lot!

Dornier Do 335 Pfeil/Arrow

by J. Richard Smith and Eddie J. Creek

Fast the Arrow was but it never flew in combat. It made its greatest contribution to aviation during post-WWII testing by the Allies, aided by the German experts who had originally built it. From origins to “what if” studies, this book has it.