Car: The Definitive Visual History of the Automobile

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Tracing the history of the automobile, from the first prototypes to the super cars of today, Car covers the technological developments and manufacture of cars, the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose, and the enduring impact the car has had on society as an object of curiosity, symbol of luxury, and item of necessity.

The most lavishly illustrated treatment of the subject on the market, featuring the most noteworthy cars of each decade in beautifully ...

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Overview

Tracing the history of the automobile, from the first prototypes to the super cars of today, Car covers the technological developments and manufacture of cars, the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose, and the enduring impact the car has had on society as an object of curiosity, symbol of luxury, and item of necessity.

The most lavishly illustrated treatment of the subject on the market, featuring the most noteworthy cars of each decade in beautifully photographed catalogs, Car is truly an international view of the automobile through time, with histories of the men and machines that created brands which are now household names.

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"'Definitive' is an ambitious goal, but one this hefty book tackles with élan — perhaps the way a 1965 Gordon-Keeble might tackle a winding country road." – The New York Times
From the Publisher

"'Definitive' is an ambitious goal, but one this hefty book tackles with élan — perhaps the way a 1965 Gordon-Keeble might tackle a winding country road." – The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756671679
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 5/2/2011
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 131,542
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    I'm not sure how many coffee table books you have read or should

    I'm not sure how many coffee table books you have read or should i say looked through. As most are severely lacking in any real information, this is not quite that book. The book goes in chronological order listing standout marques and a brief history of each, as well as some of there creations. One thing I would have liked to see is a more indepth spec listing when a car was given a full four pages. Not bad for the beginner, but if you have read more then a few books on the subject, it needs more. For example, the Ferrari F40, It would have been nice to see a peak torque figure. A simple thing really and none of the cars listed have it . One other problem was the lack of performance data, with only top speed listed. 0 to 60 ,0 to 100, 60 to 0 should have been thrown in for the peformance models. I don't want come off looking like i didn't like this book because i enjoyed it immensely. overall a good book for a new enthusiast or one thats been around the block.

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