Fastest classic muscle cars ever made - Bookshelf
Featuring new and original photography of every car, this book chronicles the biggest and baddest in the heyday of American muscle"--
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DIVA muscle-car book unlike any other, featuring the rarest vehicles on Earth./divDIV /divDIVIn the 1960s, something explosive happened in the automotive world: the United States’ evolving V-8 engine technology was met by 75 million baby boomers, all with an extreme need for speed and all entering the auto market at the same time. The result was the golden era of factory muscle cars, brutish machines that were unlike any the world had ever seen or will likely ever see again—they truly embodied the “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” generation. But for some, even a factory muscle car wasn’t enough. Detroit automakers responded, secretly building outrageous muscle cars behind their superiors’ backs and ultimately creating some of the most powerful vehicles ever sold to the public. In Top Muscle, author Darwin Holmstrom chronicles the ultimate collection of these super-rare high-performance beasts. Captured by the lens of renowned auto photographer Randy Leffingwell, these cars represent the absolute zenith of the most valuable collector cars in existence, with fascinating histories that illuminate the wildest age in American automotive history./divDIV /divDIVThe Brothers Collection features over 600 cars, including such rarities as:/divDIV- The very first Chevelle Z16 ever built, which was also the very first muscle car that Chevrolet ever built/divDIV- The very first Chevelle SS454 LS6 off the assembly line/divDIV- The only 1969 Mach I Mustang ever built with a factory sunroof/divDIV- The very first A12 (440-6) Roadrunner ever built/divDIV- The very last Hemi ’Cuda convertible Plymouth produced/divDIVvOne of the eight convertible Trans Am Ram Air III Firebirds that Pontiac built in 1969/div
The All-American Muscle Car, The Birth, Death and Resurrection of Detroit's Greatest Performance Cars
The resulting GTO anticipated a new breed of performance car aimed at a new breed of buyer, the Baby Boom generation, tens of millions of young buyers entering the auto market each year. /divDIVThe All-American Muscle Car tells the story of ...
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The birth of the muscle car, mid-sized cars with big engines making big horsepower, marked not only a revolution in performance—but also a revolution in marketing. For the first time ever, car manufacturers tailored their product to a youth audience. The genre thrived in the 60s and early 70s and was reborn in the 21st century. The All-American Muscle Car celebrates the fifty-year history of the breed through stunning modern and archival photography, and brilliant essays from today’s top muscle-car writers. Organized by themes, its chapters cover the introduction and early years of muscle; the cultural trends that made muscle cars so wildly popular; the pop culture that surrounded the cars in music, film, and television; and racing, both legal and illegal. Great rivalries are detailed—Camaro versus Mustang versus Firebird versus Challenger versus ‘Cuda, GTO versus Road Runner versus Super Bee versus Chevelle SS versus Buick Gran Sport versus Oldsmobile 4-4-2, and the like. The book also explores the illogical extremes at the end of the classic era, the Plymouth Superbirds, GTOJudges, LS6 Chevelles, Hemi ‘Cudas, W-30 Oldsmobiles, Ram Air IV Pontiacs, Stage I GSX Buicks, and 440/6 Road Runners; the dark years and the death of performance; the rebirth of the muscle car; and the modern interpretations of the breed including the new Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger.
The car that launched the muscle car era and gave the Baby Boomers highspeed wings; this is the most uptodate GTO history in the current book market.
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This is the car that launched the muscle car era and gave the Baby Boomers high-speed wings.Trivia freaks might know that Pontiac's "GTO" means "Gran Turismo Omologato," but muscle car fans know it earned its nicknameâ??The Great Oneâ??at a time when America built the greatest cars on earth. It wasn't the fastest, the most powerful, or the most outrageous muscle car, but Pontiac's GTO resides at the very top of the pantheon because it was the first.Pontiac GTO 50 Years: The Original Muscle Car follows the rise of this iconic vehicle from the day in 1963 when Chief Engineer John Z. DeLorean bolted a 389-cubic-inch GTO engine into a prototype Tempest coupe through the final GTO rendition in 2006. Wedding that massive V-8 to a mid-size GM chassis created one of the fastest production cars of the time but also made it a car just about anyone with a job could afford.It started as an option package that was supposed to be limited to 5,000 units. Instead, word of mouth pushed sales to more than six times that many in its first year.Hundreds of photographs round out this thoroughly researched history and offer insight into the vehicle that, through redesigns, repackages, and relaunches, came of age with the Baby Boomer generation. From classic 1960s models to the GTO's revival in 2004, the exhilarating story of the outlaw that should never have beenâ??and will never be againâ??will thrill any auto enthusiast.