Corvette is America’s sports car, the pride of Chevrolet and General Motors, and the dream car of millions of motoring enthusiasts. Before a new Corvette is introduced, its styling and mechanical features are rigorously evaluated in prototype form. Often, too, show cars are created for public display, permitting designers to sample the public’s opinion. The book features many of the prototypes and concept cars through which Corvette’s designers evaluated the styling and mechanical features -the ideas- that were considered for adoption on production Corvettes. A number of competition cars and modified production cars are also included, as often they also served as test rigs.
This is a new series created for younger gearheads ages 10 and up. They incorporate a flashy style that’s sure to keep a kid’s attention. For this title, young readers will take a spin in the American sports car, the low-slung, sleek-lined, hot-wheeled, revved-up Chevrolet Corvette. A book to stir the heart of young speedsters, the photo-filled, fact-packed Corvette gives readers a close-up look at the ultimate in street smarts and racing revs on four wheels. From the original roadster that debuted in 1953 to the shark-bodied Sting Ray to the hot 1990s ZR-1 all the way to today’s Z06, this book has the goods on the models that have made Corvette America’s most admired car. Over 50 years of style, performance, history, trivia-and fabulous, full-color photos-it’s all here, in the ultimate guide to the ultimate car.
Long, low, sleek, and powerful, the Corvettes mix of raw V-8 power and sports car elegance have made it a true automotive icon. After fifty years and five generations of design, the Corvette has come to be Americas pre-eminent sports car, offering the ultimate driving experience. Stunning photography combined with a well-researched history of the legendary model make this an essential book for anyone interested in the American sports car.
Take a wild ride through five decades of Corvette with this stunning photographic history! Inside you’ll find the classic Sting Rays, the Challenge series, ZR-1s, concept cars and more. Also features interviews with the creators of the cars as well as an in-depth look at the evolution of the Corvette, documenting changes in price, body style, engine size, interior design, dash instruments and much more. Packed with 150 photographs of mint condition classics in vibrant, detailed color.
This exciting portfolio of articles drawn from leading motoring journals covering the production of Corvette from 1997 up to 2002 includes history, road tests and complete specifications along with performance data. For the serious enthusiasts, the Portfolio series is an excellente reference for collecting, restoring or buying the car of your dreams.
This guidebook is the absolute authority for restoring, buying, selling, rebuilding, competing for prizes, judging and insuring your investment in America’s favorite sports car. The enthusiast, amateur or professional desiring to know everything can find it here—every detail and nuance that made one Corvette different from another at model-year changeover, at mid-model, early model-year production, and late model-year production. At your fingertips are the answers to whether a particular Corvette is authentic and what must be done to make it 100-percent ’assembly-line ideal Corvette.’ Hundreds of original factory diagrams and photos highlight this easy-to-read step-by-step guide, and each engine, chassis and body part is identified by its official GM number.
All the versions of this Ford model born in 1948 with technical details, production data and colour specifications in a nostalgic photographic album. This is an invaluable volume for the real fans of this car.
Here’s the complete, in-depth account of the creation of the motoring world’s latest retro-styled headturner: the 2002 Ford Thunderbird. Author Michael Lamm examines why Ford decided to revisit the T-Bird’s roots and revive the two-seater concept. He also explores in detail how the 2002 Thunderbird was planned, designed, and engineered, as well as how it’s assembled. The book also explains the car’s features, standard equipment, options, model heritage, and Thunderbird collectibles.
History of the Bantam/Willys/Ford Jeep. Models covered: prototypes MA/GP/BRC40, Ford GPA (Seep), Willys slat grill MB, Willys MB/Ford GPW, Ambulance Jeeps, Armoured Scout Jeeps, Extra Lightweight Jeeps, 6x6 Jeeps, Tracked Jeeps, Half-tracked Jeeps, Flying Jeeps, Jeeps in action, V.I.P.’s in Jeeps, Fields full of Jeeps and damaged Jeep. Plus listings of Jeep related magazines and clubs.
Reprint in limited edition of the original volume out of print from several years. Built to race at Le Mans in 1964 and win in 1965, the Original mark 1 GT40 didn’t achieve it’s goal until 1968, when it brought Ford the World Championship of Manufacturers. Here is how the GT40 came into being.
Here’s the full story of American icon the Ford Thunderbird, from concept in the 1950s to demise in the 1990s and rebirth in the new millennium, including numerous competition exploits. Highly illustrated with contemporary material to help those looking for originality of detail this is a serious definitive work on an American classic.
In the mid-1960s, when Ford wanted to add some spice to its new Mustang pony car in the mid-1960s, it turned to the talented, colorful, and opinionated Texan Carroll Shelby, who was then building the high-performance, Ford-powered Cobra racing sports car . The result: the Shelby Mustang GT350, perhaps the definitive performance Mustang of the muscle car era. This up-to-the-minute history from award-winning authors Randy Leffingwell and David Newhardt traces the Shelby Mustang story from the early Shelby American cars built in a converted airplane hangar in Southern California to the 2010 version of the new Shelby Mustang.
The book tells the story of the Humvees rise from a utility vehicle bred for military use to a suburban status-symbol. More that a simple story of GMs clever branding scheme at a perfect juncture in automotive, consumer, and world histories, this book is a cultural dissection of what images make Americans open their pocketbooks so readily, and how buying American consumers was never so easy-or conflicted. With the exploration of everything from consumer buying habits and American economics to global military action and big-budget Hollywood star power, Hummer tells the story of how priceless and valuable timing has been for Americas largest and most recognizable SUV.
In the course of just under sixty years the jeep has evolved from the humblest of beginnings as a mechanical mule into something that is the byword for luxury 4WD vehicles. This colorful volume traces the history of the jeep from the delivery of the first jeeps to the Allied military in 1941, through the changes of ownership in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, to the end of CJ production and the new style Cherokee.
There is a growing interest in handbuilt replica cars. Exhaustively researched and packed with photographs, lists, price ranges and model sources. This is the World’s only comprehensive compilation, with 500+ photos, of handbuilt and die-cast 1: 43rd scale GM replicas.
This is the inside story of the DeLorean saga written by a senior manager who worked with the company from beginning to end and saw it all. The short life of the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car – a vision of the future with its gullwing doors and stainless steel body – began after John DeLorean secured financial backing from the British government for his car-making venture in Northern Ireland. Four years and nearly 9,000 cars later the company went bust and DeLorean faced questions about fraud against the British taxpayer, and his big ally, Colin Chapman of Lotus, also drew scrutiny. As an insider’s account, this book contains a great deal of new information about the DeLorean scandal.
The story of one of the most important models in the history of the automobile and of transport has finally been told and illustrated in a book devoted exclusively to the vehicle. This catalogue, published to mark the exhibition that commemorates 60 years of the Jeep, tells the whole story of this glorious off-road vehicle. The evolution of the Jeep in those 60 years of history is recounted with rare pictures and documents of the period, as well as a wealth of colour photographs of perfectly preserved working models. Each model in the series also has its own detailed technical specification.
It was a marriage made in heaven - two great minds uniting to create an all-new car. Henry J Kaiser and Joseph Washington Frazer, strong-willed men of vision, boldly decided to take on America’s Big Three automakers. Hoping to position their Kaiser-Frazer Corporation in the big leagues of auto manufacturers they launched a radical new car to capture the public’s imagination and produce it in unheard-of quantities. The cars were an immediate hit.
Here is the full story of Kaiser-Frazer’s struggle to succeed in an industry that killed so many competitors. Heartbreaking yet uplifting, it is an allegory of men and automobiles during perhaps the most exciting era the industry has ever known.