- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: KP Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (27 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873492897
- ISBN-13: 978-0873492898
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.8 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,711,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Standard Catalog of Cadillac 1903-2004 Paperback – 27 May 2005
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This book is the ultimate package for any Cadillac owner or enthusiast. Following the highly regarded tradition of the Standard Catalog series, "Standard Catalog of" Cadillac offers complete coverage of every model ever produced by Cadillac, making it the most comprehensive reference available - and now, it's in full colour. Featuring a year-by-year breakdown of models, with specifications, production figures, options, historical footnotes documenting the evolution of the classic luxury vehicles, and up-to-date dollar pricing, Caddy enthusiasts get the most comprehensive coverage available. And now, it contains more than 500 brilliant colour photos displaying the best of Cadillac through the years. No other reference combines all this information in one book.
About the Author
John Gunnell, a life-long automotive historian, is the automotive books editor for KP Books. He has authored numerous automotive books including 75 Years of Pontiac: The Official History, Standard Guide to American Muscle Cars, and "Standard Catalog of" V-8 Engines 1906-2002, along with more than 30 others.
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The good news is that this book really is a great reference to have on hand, at least for the relative newcomer to the collector car world. The text is concise for the most part, fairly exhaustive, and the photos are mostly of good quality and in color. The book itself would make a great "coffee table" reference with its colorful covers, large size and numerous photos.
Once inside the reference, however, there seemed to be a lot of errors in spelling and sentence structure. On top of this, many of the photos are mis-labeled as to the model year and body style of the cars pictured. Not knowing much about the earlier Cadillacs of the 20th century, I'm not sure whether I can always trust the captions or not. I also found at least one instance of a block of text in one column being repeated, verbatum, in the next, as if that section had managed to escape the editorial staff. I almost got the impression that this was a pre-publication of some kind that had found its way into the general public before the final revision was released. I don't believe it is, however, it's just odd to me that they didn't seem to edit the book more carefully before its publication.
All-in-all, a wonderful reference book with loads of great information, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly as long as the buyer is aware of the editing "glitches" before purchase. I just wouldn't necessarily use it to win any bets without first checking another source for verification.
The book is 10.7 x 8.3 x 1 inches and is paper bound, but I have not had any problems with my copies holding up to heavy use over time.
This book has been updated about every 5 years. I have one that ended in 1990, one that ended in 2000, and this one, which ends with 2005. Hopefully we will see a new one out next year that stretches through 2010. If a person could subscribe to this series of updates, I would. I have purchased 3 editions of this book so far -- so mark me as a happy repeat customer.
As a reference book, the Standard Catalog of Cadillac is not perfect. But it is tremendously useful if you are interested in the Cadillac marque at all. It is also an easy reference book to use, and well laid out. I recommend this book for any Cadillac library.