In the late 1950s, Pontiac saw a need to bring to market a full-sized two-door hardtop that bridged the gap between luxury car and factory hot rod. The result was the 1962 Grand Prix, a car that emphasized -elegance in simplicity.- The public responded enthusiastically and the Grand Prix quickly became the choice of young, upscale buyers looking for a car that made a statement about their leading-edge tastes and hip lifestyle. This book contains the complete Pontiac Grand Prix story, including production figures, powertrain offerings and a chapter on experimental and special editions.
With photographs provided from the Detroit Public Librarys National Automotive History Collection, Mark Patrick profiles the post-war years of the Ford Motor Companys Lincoln Motor Car Division. Featured here are the post-war versions of Edsel Fords Continental, Cosmopolitan, Capri, Premiere, and the revived Continental automobiles.
Beginning with the 1928 Big Band buses, actually the first stretch limos, this book shows the development of the stretch limo through its various configurations up to the present day. Coach builders included among others: Armbruster-Stageway, National Coach, Hess & Eisenhardt and more.
Ludvigsen painstakingly traces the evolution of its design, its structural engineering, and its power and performance-including extensive coverage of Corvette racing at both the amateur and professional levels. Technical drawings and colorful promotional photos of each production model are wonderfully balanced with superb shots of racing Corvettes and their drivers in action.
Also new for this edition are the author’s insights into competitors like the Bricklin and Pantera. Newly researched sidebars describe the influential LaSalle II concept cars, Bill Thomas’s Cheetah, Zora Duntov’s European years, custom bodies on Corvettes, the St. Louis plant, the author’s impressions of CERV II and Bill Mitchell’s personal views on the Corvette.
This is a book of contemporary road and comparison tests, specification and technical data, new model introductions, driver’s reports and track tests. Models covered include: Cambridge, Belvedere, Cranbrook, Suburban Station Wagon, Explorer, Belvedere Sport Coupe, V8, Plaza, Fury, Savoy.
In the spirit of the first asphalt-eaters of musclecardom comes the new Pontiac GTO, the Goat with the mostï¿½the most power, that is. Yesterdayï¿½s legend becomes a modern Main Street contender yet again in GTO: The Legend Returns. In a complete, authoritative telling, GTO: The Legend Returns by renowned automotive journalists Gary Witzenburg and Paul Zazarine provides the only book of its kind. This volume documents the birth of the original GTO in the early ï¿½60s, through the first generationï¿½s finale in 1974, to todayï¿½s rebirth.
The definitive guide for original factory specifications and model evolution with detailed specs for each model year, including options. Full of 250 detailed color photos that features the intricacies and beauty of the body, interior, and magic under the hood, the result is a complete presentation like no other.
This book replaces the earlier title on the popular Fieros. Lots of new articles covering road, comparison and track tests, new model introductions, performance data, owner survey, updates, specifications. Models covered: GT, GTP, Pfaff Turbo, SE, 2M4, IMSA GTU, Formula.
The book captures the energy and the dynamic force of personality that ignited the spirit of Pontiac Motor Division and all of its employees, from designers and engineers to assembly line workers and dealers. No other book on Pontiacs history has captured the essence of the Wide Track era. Along with never-before-seen photographs, there are evaluations of the products and significant milestones in the companys history from 1959 to 1969. Production and pricing information are also included.
Capturing the history of the A-body Pontiac, with emphasis on the GTO, this comprehensive reference includes the features that car enthusiasts are searching forï¿½including all-new optional equipment installation rates, advertising slogans, expanded technical specs, and collector-market values updated to 2003.
Several small cars were introduced by American companies in the 1950s but only the Rambler was successful. From 1950-1969 more than four million Ramblers were produced, setting a sales record for indipendent makes that remains unbroken even today. In this exciting new book, exquisite photographs illustrate models throughout the entire lifespan of the modern Rambler.
On the brink of bankruptcy in 1956, Studebaker needed a new car to survive. The result was the 1959 Lark. Designed to cut costs the Lark was kept simple. Sales in 1959 were good. In fact, it was the best sales year for Studebaker since 1950. Ultimately, the Lark was not enough to keep Studebaker alive but it added years to the company’s life. Lark models have continued to gain popularity with collectors and they’re attractive, fun to drive and some models are fast. High quality photos and in-depth captions bring you the entire line of Larks from the first to the last.