Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds

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For the past 20 years, veteran automotive journalist Jerry Heasley has been documenting the rediscovery of rare muscle cars in barns, garages, fields, and the most unexpected places. These stories have appeared in Muscle Car Review, Modified Mustangs and Fords, and Mopar Muscle and won over a large audience. Some of these cars have simply become fixtures in garages while others have been forgotten, neglected, and/or abandoned. Some owners have passed away and left their beloved muscle cars behind, some have been ...

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Overview

For the past 20 years, veteran automotive journalist Jerry Heasley has been documenting the rediscovery of rare muscle cars in barns, garages, fields, and the most unexpected places. These stories have appeared in Muscle Car Review, Modified Mustangs and Fords, and Mopar Muscle and won over a large audience. Some of these cars have simply become fixtures in garages while others have been forgotten, neglected, and/or abandoned. Some owners have passed away and left their beloved muscle cars behind, some have been claimed by unappreciative spouses, exported to a foreign country, and even hidden in plain sight. With that, their collectibility, value, and historical significance have gone unrecognized. These cars have been waiting for a knowledgeable enthusiast to appreciate their stature and return them to their former glory. These unusual circumstances and the extremes dedicated enthusiasts have gone to acquire these cars have created a fascinating collection of stories.

Many stories chronicle the adventures of collector car buyers doing intense research, checking many sites, and making a huge number of phone calls to discover an extremely valuable yet forgotten muscle while others simply fall into lucky car collector's hands. Whether it has been fate, circumstance, hard work, or pure luck, Heasley brings each collector car quest to life in vivid and compelling detail. The collection of fascinating stories contains iconic cars, such as the 1970 Shelby GT350, 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart drag race car, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969 Ford Torino Talledega, 1969 Chevy COPO Camaro, 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger, and many, many others.

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Editorial Reviews

Mopar Collector's Guide
If you need some inspiration to get out there and beat the bushes (literally) looking for lost muscle cars, this one will definitely inspire you to take a few road trips and poke around behind derelict chicken sheds.
Midwest Book Review
Any fan of muscle cars will find this a fascinating collection of tales about the cars' histories and culture, and will welcome this collection with its fine color photos of muscle car classics.
Mopar Muscle Blog - Jay Leno
"Highly recommended!" -Classic American, March 2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934709528
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 769,747
  • Product dimensions: 10.74 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Heasley is a veteran automotive book author, magazine writer, and photographer. More than 6,000 of his articles have appeared in more than 100 different car magazine titles over the past 30 years. Currently, his Rare Finds column appears in Mustang Monthly, Vette, and Muscle Car Review. He has published more than a half million photos and images worldwide. He lives in Pampa, Texas, and has a ranch near Wheeler, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: 1970/71 Rapid Transit System Duster
Chapter 2: The Original General Lee
Chapter 3: Yard Shelby
Chapter 4: Hemi Dart
Chapter 5: The Wild Goose Chase-Boss/Shelby/Mach 1/GT/Special
Chapter 6: 1968 Hurst-Olds Drag Car
Chapter 7: Winged Wonders, 1969 Daytona and 1970 Hemi Superbird
Chapter 8: Mexican Boss 429
Chapter 9: Lost Corvette Racers-1966 Corvette Road Racer and L88 Corvette Rebel
Chapter 10: Million Dollar Finds-Ford GT-40 and Shelby Daytona Coupe
Chapter 11: COPO Camaro

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