The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle

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General Motors has produced some of the greatest muscle cars of all time, from the Pontiac GTO to the Chevrolet Camaro. This lavishly illustrated work documents every muscle car to emerge from Detroit wearing a Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, or Oldsmobile badge.

The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle covers over 40 years of high performance with an in-depth look at prototypes and experimental models, anniversary and pace cars, and specialty packages for street and competition ...

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Overview

General Motors has produced some of the greatest muscle cars of all time, from the Pontiac GTO to the Chevrolet Camaro. This lavishly illustrated work documents every muscle car to emerge from Detroit wearing a Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, or Oldsmobile badge.

The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle covers over 40 years of high performance with an in-depth look at prototypes and experimental models, anniversary and pace cars, and specialty packages for street and competition driving. With extensive details, specs, and exclusive archival photographs, this book is the ultimate resource on America’s muscle cars.

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Editorial Reviews

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 “It’s a beautiful book and a fitting tribute to a time when, for example, one could buy a 1972 Pontiac Trans Am with a 455 HO engine rated at a true 300 horsepower.” – Al Drake, Cruzin Magazine

 “Big in every way, this coffee-table book documents GM’s musclecar history, illustrated with archival and contemporary photos, brochure artwork and factory technical illustrations.” – Muscle Car Review

 

 “Drown yourself in nostalgia in this mammoth paean to the classic GM muscle car, which is stuffed with pictures and easy on the eye, despite going into detail about every model in GM’s portfolio, 1961-’74.” - Octane

 

 “This lavishly illustrated work documents every muscle car to emerge from Detroit wearing a Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, or Oldsmobile badge. With extensive details, specs, and exclusive archival photographs, this book is the ultimate resource on America’s muscle cars.” - CollectorCarMarket.com

“All the usual suspects are rounded up here but also some of the lesser-told stories, such as the turbocharged Corvair Spyder, the one-year-only 1963 Nova Super Sport convertible and the gentleman's hot rod, the Buick Gran Sports. There are background details on the evolution of the SS badging and engine applications, such as the honorable 409-cubic-inch V-8. There's also the 520-horsepower, 427-cubic-inch “Mystery Motor,” which dominated Daytona in 1963 with a top speed pushing 165 mph. This is a huge and heavy book, but loaded with good photography, specification panels and original advertising.” – Mark Maynard, San Diego Union Tribune

 “For gearheads, we suggest The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle, a coffee-table book on the golden age of the gas-guzzler, lavishly illustrated with photos of Chevys, Pontiacs, Buicks and Oldses, as well as brochure art and technical illustrations. This volume doesn't stint on details, with exhaustive looks at the muscle-bound machines GM churned out from the early '60s until the '70s oil shocks.” - Michael Jackman, Metro Times

 

“As with his previous book chronicling the Ford Mustang, there's just enough information for serious enthusiasts, without making the novice feel overwhelmed.” - Larry Printz, McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

 

“Overall, the author does his usual excellent job of painting compelling portraits of each car.” - Sunday News

 

“This is a huge and heavy book, but loaded with good photography, specification panels and original advertising.” – Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune

 

“This huge collection of auto history is a treasure trove for any lover of the Muscle Car era.” – Terry Peters, North Shore News

What do you get when you combine fine-art quality photographs of some of the finest General Motors built musclecars on the planet with informative, concise test, the editorial expertise of the Motorbooks staff, the professionalism of a 17-year veteran of photojournalism, and numerous historic photographs? The answer is the Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle, a stunning photo essay profiling more than 20 years asphalt-scorching, style-leading modern classics produced by the American icon that is General Motors. While this book will definitely class up any coffer table, it is much, much more. It is also a valuable reference book and monument to an era. – Jim Hinckley, Cars and Parts

San Diego Union Tribune
All the usual suspects are rounded up here but also some of the lesser-told stories, such as the turbocharged Corvair Spyder, the one-year-only 1963 Nova Super Sport convertible and the gentleman's hot rod, the Buick Gran Sports. There are background details on the evolution of the SS badging and engine applications, such as the honorable 409-cubic-inch V-8. There's also the 520-horsepower, 427-cubic-inch "Mystery Motor," which dominated Daytona in 1963 with a top speed pushing 165 mph. This is a huge and heavy book, but loaded with good photography, specification panels and original advertising.
—Mark Maynard
Al Drake
It's a beautiful book and a fitting tribute to a time when, for example, one could buy a 1972 Pontiac Trans Am with a 455 HO engine rated at a true 300 horsepower.
Cruzin Magazine
Muscle Car Review
Big in every way, this coffee-table book documents GM's musclecar history, illustrated with archival and contemporary photos, brochure artwork and factory technical illustrations.
Octane
Drown yourself in nostalgia in this mammoth paean to the classic GM muscle car, which is stuffed with pictures and easy on the eye, despite going into detail about every model in GM's portfolio, 1961-'74.
CollectorCarMarket
This lavishly illustrated work documents every muscle car to emerge from Detroit wearing a Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, or Oldsmobile badge. With extensive details, specs, and exclusive archival photographs, this book is the ultimate resource on America's muscle cars.
Metro Times
For gearheads, we suggest The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle, a coffee-table book on the golden age of the gas-guzzler, lavishly illustrated with photos of Chevys, Pontiacs, Buicks and Oldses, as well as brochure art and technical illustrations. This volume doesn't stint on details, with exhaustive looks at the muscle-bound machines GM churned out from the early '60s until the '70s oil shocks.
—Michael Jackman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760332283
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Series: Complete Book Series Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Mueller has worked as a freelance automotive photojournalist since 1991. He has held staff positions with Automobile Quarterly, Corvette Fever, Muscle Car Review, and Mustang Monthly, among others, and has written and contributed to over 50 automotive books, including Motorbooks’ American Horsepower: 100 Years of Great Car Engines, The Complete Book of Corvette: Every Model Since 1953, and The Complete Book of Mustang: Every Model Since 1964½. He resides in Kennesaw, Georgia.       

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    A beautiful book!

    Not only is this a beautiful coffee table book, it is so accurate, has gorgeous photos, and a wealth of information. I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my husband. For anyone who was a teenager in the fifties and loved cars this is a must have book. My husband is in his sixties and the photos brought back so many memories of cars we owned and ones we wished we had been able to own. Kudos to the editor, photographers and everyone who helped produce such a wonderful book!

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