I know you’re continually looking for interesting auto related books. Here are some picks from my bookshelf for fall 2016.
What could be better than a book about our first cars? Motor Trend executive editor and motoring author Matt Stone compiled 60 stories of these “firsts” in My First Car. The interviewees share what drew them to, how they enjoyed, and other remembrances of their first car.
I enjoyed how Stone presents each of these stories. First he offers a short background on the individual. Then he weaves the tale of acquisition, use, misuse, and separation from the revered vehicle. There are many stories of how these vehicles helped to build a life-time bond with someone close.
Peruse My First Car at Amazon.com.
I am interested in automotive archaeology. In The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology, author Tom Cotter documents how some of these dream searches start out as part of an urban legend, but through automotive archaeology, the details of the actual “barn find” come to reality.
Cotter brings over 30 incredible discoveries to light, including a one-of-a-kind stolen Corvette Z06 convertible with only 7,500 miles on the odometer stashed in a warehouse in Detroit. He also writes about a man reconnecting with the Hemi Cuda he drove as a teenager. The stories document the amazing lengths some people will go to discover the car of their dreams.
This is an excellent resource for those auto-obsessed people who dream of finding the car of their dreams tucked away in some obscure barn in the country and how to use their sleuthing skills to make it a reality.
Peruse The Corvette in the Barn at Amazon.com.
As many of you know, I am interested in automotive styling. In Edsel Ford and E.T. Gregorie: The Remarkable Design Team and Their Classic Fords of the 1930s and 1940s, author Henry Dominguez documents how these auto icons brought styling to the Ford Motor Company.
Probably the most well-known product of their design collaboration efforts is the 1940 Lincoln Continental. For many years, this pair wanted to build a Ford sports car, but no suitable chassis was available. In the fall of 1938, Gregorie surmised that the Zephyr’s low-slung chassis might be useful. He immediately sketched his new sports car design on a piece of vellum over a Zephyr profile drawing. In less than an hour, his new longer and lower concept car appeared. Edsel commissioned a prototype built in time for his spring vacation in Florida. During this trip, he received such acclaim for the concept that he telephoned Gregorie to set up arrangements for the 1940 production run of Lincoln Continentals.
Dominguez’s research and writing yield a through look at the forces in automotive styling. He provides insights about these creators of automotive icons. His love for sharing automotive history, along with historical and contemporary photographs, adds interest and draws you into the story.
Peruse Edsel Ford and E.T. Gregorie at Amazon.com.
So, if you’re looking for some different books about our automotive heritage, I invite you to peruse these. See you the next time from my bookshelf.
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