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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.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

by Dale McIntosh

Among the plethora of performance Chevys of the muscle car era, the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 was at the top of the list. And it is still a hit with collectors and restorers. The best way not to buy a dud is to first buy this book.

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.

Bravo, Stanley!

by H. James Merrick

A thoroughly researched history of Stanley’s attempts at making a name for their cars through racing—at a time when even “experts” were sure that such speeds were unattainable or not survivable by humans.

Clive’s USA Road Trip

by David James Smitheram

Dave and Clive went on a trip . . . Dave being a British motorsports figure and Clive the Little Red Corvette he bought in California. Dave even went there to collect it in person which of course spells road trip. His little son was too small to go along so dad wrote him this book.

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.

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.

Buick’s “Flint Flyers”: Skylark & GRAN SPORT History

by Kenneth W. Kayser

Only a miniscule quantity of the millions of Skylarks and Regals became the special-spec Gran Sport and Grand Nationals, respectively. A GM insider tells their story—and he even owns one of the few surviving original 1966 Gran Sports in “Pilot RPO-L78” spec.

Elcar and Pratt Automobiles, The Complete History

by William S. Locke

Once one of the finest vehicles in America, poor distribution and the Depression did the Elcar in. Written by one of the leading collectors, this book tells all.

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.