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The Ultimate Guide to American Cars: An Illuatrated Encyclopedia with More Than 600 Photographs [Hardcover]

Peter Henshaw
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31 Aug 2011
This is an illustrated encyclopedia with more than 600 photographs. This is an illustrated A-Z directory of classic American cars, with over 600 stunning photographs. From the Austin (1940-41) to the Wilton (1847-1924), each entry tells the story of the car from its inception, through its rise to success and then on to its place on the road today. It includes all the most well-known makes and models dating from the 19th century to the modern day - Chrysler, Buick, Pontiac, Studebaker and many more. It features many fascinating anecdotes, such as the Chrysler designer basing his model on the fighter jets he had mistaken for geese flying through the air. This is a beautiful photographic compendium of classic American vehicles, perfect for the automobile enthusiast. Nowhere is the car more strongly a part of society and a means of personal expression than in America. But for Americans, this love affair with the automobile goes deeper even still - America, after all, being a nation founded on free movement of populations. This is why the private car, when it arrived, had such an explosive effect. This beautifully illustrated A-Z directory of classic American cars looks in detail at the seminal models of the last century and a half, accompanied by beautiful colour and black and white photographs of the exteriors, interiors, engines and special features of each. The mixture of engaging anecdotes, fascinating facts and detailed specifications, as well as historical analysis of each brand's success and failure, make this the ultimate visual reference for anyone with an interest in cars or motoring.


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (31 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754824012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754824015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Henshaw has for many years been a full-time journalist specializing in motorcycles, and is editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine. His small collection of beloved Harleys keeps him fully occupied in his spare time. He has a keen interest in customization, and has travelled many times to the United States and the rest of the world, which have allowed him to amass an impressive store of knowledge. He is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Cars and The Encyclopedia of the Harley Davidson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 8 Dec 2011
By Fergal
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I ordered this book second hand, I expected it to be worn,but it's like brand new. The book itself is informative with some fantastic pictures. I treat myself to a little relax and a read with it now and then
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is Beautiful 28 May 2013
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I bought this book for my brother Carlos, he has started buying the older classic American cars and I thought it would be a nice Birthday present also for him, I did have a look at it myself before I gave it to him and really enjoyed the pictures and all the information about the cars and their backgrounds too. My brother loved it too and is now travelling around abroad with it. I wish to thank the person or persons I bought it off for their swift and prompt delivery, thank you.
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