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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; Reprint edition (15 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760345147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760345146
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stunning… recommended reading.'

(Richard Coney Classic American)

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DARWIN HOLMSTROM is the author or co-author of over 30 books, including the best-selling GTO: Pontiac's Great One, Camaro: Forty Years, and Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars. He lives in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, metro area.


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This book was clearly written by someone who really knows American muscle cars. The author picked the best and wrote about them with authority. It is to have a book so well researched and well written. And, the photographs are really great.
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High quality, beautyfull pictures. Would recommend to every car lover who is into american cars from the muscle period. Simply exelllent book
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Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade 21 May 2014
By Jose Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Once Again Randy Leffingwell has done a Stellar Job with the Beautiful Photography,The Writing by The Author Darwin Holmstrom while good and in depth leaves little to be desired with the curse words and "Proletarian" to describe something as well as the Mentioning of Viet Nam which should not be in a car book.The cars Selected Are Beautiful I am disappointed there was no Corvettes as the L-88/ZL-1 can be a Muscle car besides A Sportscar.Also,In a Previous Book Titled "Corvette" by the publisher/Newhardt it was Mentioned that the Motion 76' Can-Am Spyder Corvette(More photos of it) would be coming in the Top Muscle book for some reason either it will be in a future book or not used since it was Not in this Book Top Muscle. My Favorite Car is the Cover car, The Camaro,The Douglass-Yenko Camaro/Yenk Camaros -The Beautiful Blue Camaro and of course the Green Chevelle,all The GM Cars Basically. The Author is right that Ford as it has admitted did not have any Muscle cars during this era to take on Mighty GM Muscle and Mopars but they are included nonetheless. Overall, Love the Cars pictured specifically with the Dash on,Lights on and Taillights on,a Quick read at a Era that is sorely Missed which I wish I would have known.
Muscle Cars from a Vanishing Era 2 July 2014
By Mark Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Darwin Holmstrom explores the rarities of the 60s muscle car era in his book, "Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade". With photographer Randy Leffingwell alongside him, he is able to create a compelling book that focuses on many of the vanished classics.

Readers will receive significant insight into the world of autos, especially during a time when "the classical muscle car era began with John Z. Delorean". This man took charge of GM's Pontiac line and encouraged a "creative interpretation" of the company's rules. The result: powerful and beautiful cars!

This book offers beautiful photos of the ultimate car lover's collection, including the world's first Chevelle Z16 and the only 1969 Mach I Mustang with a sunroof. When will you get another chance to see those?

Readers will find comfort comparing this book to other picture books like Holmstroms's other book GTO 50 Years: The Original Muscle Car and car history books like Allan Girdler's American Road Race Specials, 1934-70: Glory Days of Homebuilt Racers. Of course, each of these books has its own specific area. If you are more interested in a general approach to muscle cars, "Top Muscle" is a great choice.

Holmstrom and Leffingwell present the reader with brilliant studio-lit photos. Each photo comes with a wonderful story, but the result is a quick read that will leave you wanting to learn more.
I expected more from this book. The photography is ... 3 Mar. 2015
By Christopher Skjæveland - Published on Amazon.com
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I expected more from this book. The photography is stunning, boarderline breathtaking at times, but the storys regarding the cars are a little thin in my opinion... It's more a portfolio of car-photography rather than an automotive "book". The rothers Collection is so significant, they could have mentioned it more, and also how the cars were found, restored or preserved with a bit more detalied descriptions.
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Greatbook, quickdelivery, 30 Jun. 2014
By Paul D. Siemon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Greatbook,quickdelivery,wellpackaged
The reaction from the recipient was good.. 23 Sept. 2014
By S. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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It was purchased as a gift for someone who has that interest. The reaction from the recipient was good...and in any event it would make an interesting coffee table book. Quality was good.
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