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Spellbinder, The Life of James J. Nance

by Stuart R. Blond

If the name of James Nance brings to mind “Studebaker Packard,” it’s not usually in a friendly way. He had the misfortune of presiding over the ambitious automaker’s final years—and is often enough blamed for them. There’s never been a book written about his working and personal life until now so be prepared to reevaluate that assessment.

Hot Rod Dreams: Car Shows and Culture

by Larry Erickson and David Boulé

A guy paints signs for a car show in the 1950s. A decade later he becomes one of the founders of the International Show Car Association. Seems like someone stumbled into a career. For Bob Larivee Sr. it was a calling, and this is his story.

Volkswagen Beetles and Buses, Smaller and Smarter  

by Russell Hayes

Big round anniversaries are often accompanied by book releases, and this is one such. These models remain ever popular, and while there are plenty of books about them, this one is witty and surprisingly wide-ranging for its small size.

Ford Model T: An Enthusiasts Guide, 1908 to 1927 (All Models and Variants)

by Chas Parker

Here the Tin Lizzy is being examined from a British perspective and you’ll gain a fresh appreciation of why it was crowned “most influential car of the 20th century.”

A History of Hudson And Its Nine Most Fabulous Cars  

by Mark James

At its peak Hudson was the third largest US car maker and could lay claim to a number of industry firsts. Not least, one of America’s first female auto designers worked here. All systems go. Except, the man at the top lost his way—and the company.

Morgans for a Lifetime: In Prose and Poetry

by Larry Ayers

He’s raced Morgans and restored them, toured and traveled the world in them. Now he salutes and celebrates with prose and poetry the Morgans, in all their flavors, that have given him so much pleasure.

Gearhead At Large

by Steven Rossi

A lifetime’s worth of car knowledge became decades worth of magazine columns that have now been turned into this book.

Where Today Meets Tomorrow, Eero Saarinen and the General Motors Technical Center

by Susan Skarsgard

Completed in 1956 the building was lauded for its architectural and technical accomplishments and became an icon of midcentury design. More importantly, it is still in service.

Power Under Her Foot, Women Enthusiasts of American Muscle Cars

by Chris Lezotte

Pretty young women were featured in ads as passengers or spectators implying these were the lasses the target audience—men—would attract. This book examines how women have moved into the driver’s seat rumbling to work and shows in modern day muscle cars.

A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century

by Witold Rybczynski

Olmsted was already dead by the time transportation systems became the arteries of modern life but a not entirely unrelated topic, conservation, which is certainly a pressing issue today, found in him an early advocate and activist. You’ve trod in his footsteps and may not even have known it.

Deadly Driver

by J.K. Kelly

As if being an F1 driver isn’t dangerous and difficult enough. How about being a CIA agent too, at the same time? The “endearingly flawed protagonist” of this novel goes places where even Bond, James Bond would be out of his element.

Model T Coast to Coast, Slow Drive Across a Fast Country

by Tom Cotter

Go on an adventure from sea to shining sea, Atlantic to Pacific. Your ride is Something Special. No, really. That’s the name of the car, a 1926 Model T. Your route is the Lincoln Highway with a few side trips. And the entire saga is a wonderful, enjoyable read illustrated with equally fine images shot along the way.