- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 6654 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Publisher: Edizioni Savine (29 Dec. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019YQUP50
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #518,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Great Cars of All Time: Fascinating stories of the origin, development, and famous feats of the world's most exciting automobiles (History of the Automobile) Kindle Edition
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This illustrated book chronicles many of the major developments in the evolution of the automobile. The very earliest vehicles are briefly described, including the 1862 Lenoir which ran on illuminating gas. The early efforts of Germans Daimler and Benz in the 1880's are mentioned, as is that of the American Duryea in 1892. One of the most fascinating early cars for me was the steam-powered Stanley Steamer. Even as early as 1906 the Stanley Steamer set a new land speed record of 127 mph at Daytona Beach. I was also interested in makes of cars that were non existent even while I was a child, such as Packard, Locomobile (a hilarious name if I ever heard one!), and Pierce-Arrow. In the 1930's Cadillac equipped some of their models with the seemingly unbelievable V-16 engine! I was also interested in the 1934 Chrysler Airflow, which was the first mass-produced car with an aerodynamic body shape. My personal favorite was the 1935 Cord, which has such futuristic features as a aerodynamic body shape, bucket seats, no running board or exterior door hinges, and front-wheel drive. I was also surprised to learn when first reading this book that the humble Volkswagen was largely the inspiration of Adolf Hitler! Also of interest is the fact that the name for the American Jeep comes from an usually sure-footed animal featured in the the Popeye cartoons that I enjoyed as a child.