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

Deuce! 1932 Ford Hot Rods from the Bruce Meyer Collection

by Ken Gross

The common denominator to the feature cars is that they are all the “same” model but they’re vastly different from each other—which is the whole point of hot rods. Their current custodian owns cars of all stripes but rods are his first love.

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.

The American Speed Shop

by Bob McClurg

Speed shop is such an established term that you find it in the dictionary, certainly an American one. Back in the day, many shops didn’t just sell over the counter go-fast parts but made their own, and all were places in which to hang out and talk shop.

Cadillac V-16s

Three books by Christopher Cummings

Cadillac’s top-of-the line model was ultra-refined and ultra-expensive. Even its almost-silent engine was designed by a stylist. It was launched at a time when the longterm repercussions of the Great Depression were not fully foreseeable but its prospective buyers wouldn’t have cared anyway.

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.

John Z, the DeLorean, and Me: Tales from an Insider

by Barrie Wills

DeLorean’s longest-serving employee became its last CEO and so knows the firm’s history from all angles. You’ll probably end up retiring a good many of the falsehoods that have sprung up over the years.

Timeless Mahindra

by Adil Jal Darukhanawala

Expand your Jeep knowledge by seeing not only what it did in India but what it does, far expanding the scope of its US brother.

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.

Duesenberg, The Mightiest American Motor Car

by J.L. Elbert

Did the individual marque history genre begin in 1973, as has been argued, with the publication by Automobile Quarterly of its histories of Cadillac and Corvette? This book, now nearly forgotten, clearly set the stage nearly 25 years earlier. And it still deserves a spot on the serious enthusiast’s bookshelf.

More Than Automobiles: The Packards of Warren, Ohio

by A.J. Balfour

Who was the first female FBI agent? Would you have known it was a Packard? Written by a longtime Packard enthusiast, the book follows two generations of Packards, using many previously unpublished images.

A History of the Legendary 4 x 4 Ford Bronco

by Todd Zuercher

The fellow who brought you the Mustang also did the Bronco, Ford’s first SUV. Now it’s being reintroduced for 2021—and there is such demand that there’s an 18-month waitlist! This book explains what made it popular.

Great Grilles of the ‘50s

by Mark Misercola and Hank Kaczmarek

More than just another look at the orgy of brightwork that marked US cars of the era this book also offers model and body codes, original MSRP, basic specs, color charts, and current values.