This one-of-a-kind, massive illustrated history of more than 10,000 American automobiles is perfect for the millions of classic car enthusiasts. With more than 1,300 pages and 12,500 illustrations covering 70 years, this may be the most complete visual history of the American automobile ever published. Nowhere else are there so many collector, luxury, sporting and every day cars assembled with fascinating information about original prices, engine sizes, horsepower, and other specifications. The pages are packed with genuine, factory-fresh photographs and drawings taken from contemporary advertisements, catalogs, and brochures. More than 250 manufacturers and hundreds of individual models trace the evolution of the American automobile, from the millions of Model Ts that rolled off Ford's assembly line through the art deco streamliners of the '30s, to the tail-finned land yachts of the '50s and muscle cars of the '60s and '70s up to the early SUVs of the '90s. Throughout author Tad Burness adds handwritten details not found anywhere else, including pointing out unusual options and differences found within a model. Automotive journalist Matt Stone provides a new general introduction and one to each era within the book.
Bought this for my uncle, a car guy, for Christmas. Upon opening the small and yet, very heavy box, I was shocked by the massive size of this book. This is not a cute little coffee table book. This book is over 3 inches in the spine and is more like an encyclopedia of American cars with specifications. At first glance, I was a little disappointed to see all the pictures in black and white. However, after reading the Foreword from Matt Stone recounting the history of the collecting by Tad Burness, I understood the incredible undertaking of information passing from one car guy to another. So many cars models and engines I had never even heard of, for example, Briggs & Stratton made an actual car in the early 1920s. The detail is overwhelming. This is an interesting book for almost anyone and an amazing edition only truly appreciated by car lovers who are not just men.
Excellent Reference - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I was impressed by the quality and details of the book. I have previously owned the separate volumes over the years. This edition is also quite nostalgic. It's certainly a great reference book for the time frame.