David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car

David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car

by Bob Lutz, Kevin Kirbitz
     
 
UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITION

Praise for the first edition:

"A meticulously researched book written in a popular style that's difficult to put down. By skillfully weaving together the careers of David Buick and his contemporaries and their car, Larry Gustin fills a gaping hole in automotive history." -David L. Lewis, professor of business history,

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UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITION

Praise for the first edition:

"A meticulously researched book written in a popular style that's difficult to put down. By skillfully weaving together the careers of David Buick and his contemporaries and their car, Larry Gustin fills a gaping hole in automotive history." -David L. Lewis, professor of business history, University of Michigan

"A good, succinct history of the early days of one of America's great mainstream automo- biles, and the men responsible for it." -Z. Taylor Vinson, The New York Times

"If the question is Buick-related, Larry Gustin has the answer. He's also an entertaining story teller and accomplished wordsmith." -Don Sherman, technical editor, Automobile magazine

"Gustin is an award-winning author and one of the world's leading Buick authorities...the ideal person to write this book. He skillfully weaves the eventful story of the man who launched a world-famous automobile marque that became the favorite of royalty, business leaders and movie stars." -Bill Vance, National Post [Canada]

"The phrase, 'It's now or never,' explains the drive behind this work on David Buick. Larry Gustin has studied the person, his work and the characters in the David Buick drama for decades. In this book, he has brought all that research material into sharp focus. The interests of automotive history are well served by this welcomed work." -Leroy Cole, past president, Society of Automotive Historians

"When it comes to writing Buick history, Larry Gustin is one of the luminaries...Gustin wrote the first, and still the best, biography of Billy Durant and followed it by co-authoring a history of Buick that's now in its sixth edition...it's an energizing read." -Jim Donnelly, Hemmings Classic Car magazine

"Gustin...traces [David] Buick's rise and fall in an entertaining, folksy style with new in- sights into the man and his machine." -Matt DeLorenzo, editor, Road & Track magazine

"Larry Gustin has at last brought us the long overdue story of a forgotten automotive pioneer. And he has done it in a manner that only a writer with a lifetime interest in the his- tory of the Buick automobile could ever hope to accomplish. It's about time." -Terry B. Dunham, president, The Buick Heritage Alliance
"Gustin offers new insights into the largely unknown and often tragic life of David Dunbar Buick, a significant but neglected figure in the early automobile industry of Michigan... This is a 'must read' for anyone interested in the early history of Buick, General Motors and Flint, Mich." -Charles F. Hyde, professor of history, Wayne State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466263673
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/17/2011
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence R. Gustin, a native of Flint, Mich., was a writer/editor from 1960 to 1984 at The Flint Journal, in what was then Buick's headquarters city. While he covered such events as the launch of Apollo 11 that sent the first men to the Moon, the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier "fight of the century" and the inauguration of President Carter, he also became auto editor and then assistant metro editor in charge of the auto/business/labor writers.
In 1973, he wrote the first biography of William C. Durant, Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors, which was re-issued in an expanded and updated third edition by the University of Michigan Press in the GM centennial year of 2008. The first edition won the Antique Automobile Club of America's Thomas McKean Memorial Cup for the best use of history in a year and two other awards. In 1976, Gustin created The Flint Journal Centennial Picture History of Flint, published in three editions.
In 1980, Gustin and Terry B. Dunham co-authored the award-winning and definitive story of Buick, The Buick: A Complete History, which was published in five more updated editions from the mid-1980s to Buick's centennial in 2003. Gustin, who became Buick assistant public relations director and later helped create the Sloan Museum's Buick Gallery and Research Center, received a Distin- guished Service Citation for his historical work from the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1999. He was later elected to the State News Hall of Fame at Michigan State University. In 2003 he directed Buick's centennial activities - including a national heritage tour, award-winning poster and brochure and Legend of Buick DVD - that won the top overall award in that year's International Automotive Media Competition. At Buick PR (1984-2005), Gustin was the official Buick representative at the 1997 groundbreaking for the plant in Shanghai, China, that would produce the first Chinese-built Buicks, and two years later he walked down the Buick City assembly line with the last Buick built in Flint. He also worked with Buick events and people in Beijing, Paris, London, Mexico City, Rome and Rio de Janeiro - and in David Buick's home town of Arbroath, Scotland. The first edition of David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car, published in 2006, won a silver medal in the International Automotive Media Competition. Both the Durant and David Buick biographies were translated into Chinese and published in Shanghai in 2008.

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