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A fascinating road trip through almost half a century of classic car history, by well-known TV commentator and best-selling author Quentin Willson. Quentin Willson, the undisputed king of classic cars, takes a nostalgic spin through the golden days of motoring. Covering everything from kitsch cars to sleek roadsters in his inimitable style, he unveils a fabulous collection of over 150 classic cars. An encyclopedia of true classics. With a keen eye for performance and styling, Quentin Wilson has chosen a superb ...

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Overview

A fascinating road trip through almost half a century of classic car history, by well-known TV commentator and best-selling author Quentin Willson. Quentin Willson, the undisputed king of classic cars, takes a nostalgic spin through the golden days of motoring. Covering everything from kitsch cars to sleek roadsters in his inimitable style, he unveils a fabulous collection of over 150 classic cars. An encyclopedia of true classics. With a keen eye for performance and styling, Quentin Wilson has chosen a superb line-up of cars, mouthwateringly photographed, and furnished with all the facts and figures you'll ever need. From the curvaceous E-type to the legendary GT40, Wilson dishes up the detail on classic cars from all over the world. You can cruise through alphabetically arranged profiles, technical specifications, and construction data right down to every last spoked wheel and swing half-axle. High-performance history. Wilson provides an engaging history of these coveted classics, with everything from the retro appeal of America's "muscle cars" — Mustangs, Corvettes, and Firebirds—to the advent of classic car auctions, and the huge price swings that accompanied them. Style trends and engineering developments are also covered in Wilson's usual entertaining fashion. A series of illustrated sketches neatly capture the famous and infamous personalities of the car world. This is essential reading for anyone who, like the author, can't resist engines that sound "like someone tearing sheets."

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Join the ride with Quentin Wilson for his 50-year illustrated history of classic cars from all over the globe. More than 150 cars fall under Wilson's scrutiny, with every gorgeous angle photographed in detail.
Los Angeles Times
Hobbyists of a different stripe should flip their carburetors for Cars: A Celebration by Quentin Willson, a catalog of the classics. Here's a chance to see the 42-inch fins of the 1959 pink Cadillac convertible in all their glory.
Library Journal
More than a "celebration," as the title states, this highly illustrated volume is an exhaustive automobile encyclopedia. Willson (Classic American Cars) obviously knows his way around a steering wheel. But the most arresting features of the book are its size (nearly 600 pages), heft (6.5 lbs.), and quality (heavy, high-gloss paper with a sturdy binding). Histories of 150 of the most famous cars ever produced are fully documented with over 1800 photos. Each car is photographed in high detail, including front, back, sides, plane view, interior, and engine components. The text is minimal, focusing on each car's history and significance. Still, the book is packed with historical details and commentaries on style and engineering. It includes profiles of cars produced in Europe, the United States, Japan, and Australia. No equivalent book exists with this sort of detail and presentation. Highly suited for transportation collections and public libraries. Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789481559
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Celebrated author and journalist Quentin Willson is a highly acclaimed car expert. Known and respected worldwide as a TV commentator, he's never been afraid to get his hands dirty; he also buys, fixes, and sells hundreds of cars through his car wholesaling business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    Take a Nostalgic Drive through Time

    So much has happened since the first Benz shuddered to life. We have become almost completely dependant on these machines and we often have an emotional connection with cars that no other mechanical invention has ever inspired. Except when we are sitting in gridlock, even I have wondered when the heck we are going to get some cars that really fly. Now, then you are talking freedom! The 1959 Cadillac Convertible looked like it could quite possibly take off at any second. The fins were the ultimate design statement for the era. What I found fascinating is how the Mercedes A Class is almost a modern version of the BMW Isetta. The shape is strikingly similar. Each car is displayed in all its glory and is show in various views. To the right of each double page you will find the Model, Production numbers, Body Styles, Construction, Engines, Power Output, Transmission, Suspension, Brake, Maxium Speed and A.F.C. information. And index provides an easy way for you to look up your favorite classic car. 'If we stand back and consider the Jaguar E-Type, surely the world's most beautiful car, we see a silhouette of outstandingly fine balance, proportion, and harmony of line. But more than its tremendous physical presence, it possessed an unprecedented emotional magic, radiating messages of speed, sexuality, power, and beauty. In fact, appreciating the proportions of an elderly Jag is the nearest most of us have ever been to the criticism and consumption of art.' -Quentin Willson No wonders that was my favorite car in this book!

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