Never before has so much fascinating information been compiled into a single source. Read thoroughly and you'll discover that some "modern" engineering features such as supercharging, double overhead cams, front-wheel drive, and hidden headlights are not new at all. Learn the stories behind some of the greatest achievements (and biggest blunders) in automotive history, often in the words of the very people who were involved.
Produced by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide, this work presents a concise, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the American automobile industry in 976 pages filled with facts, figures, and more than 3,500 photographs - many in full color.
There's comprehensive coverage of 50 American makes (and almost 24,000 individual models), including the traditional "Big Three" manufacturers - Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors - as well as the major independent producers like Checker, Graham, Hudson, Kaiser-Frizzier, Nash, Packard, and Tucker. Each entry begins with an extensive, insightful, year-by-year review of key styling, engineering, and model changes for that make. Commentary on performance, sales trends, marketing efforts, current events, and significant show cars is also provided, along with intriguing, behind-the-scenes stories of the designers, engineers, and executives who have shaped the cars we've been driving for over 70 years.
More than 100 of the lesser-known marques are covered in the concise Minor Makes section. Cars such as the Bricklin safety sports car, Davis three-wheeler, steam-powered Doble, "Chevrillac" El Morocco, and luxury Peerless are included, along with many virtually unheard-of makes like the flyable Aerocar, incredibly quick Griffin, and stillborn Markette electric.
Equally unique to the Encyclopedia of American Cars are the informative, easy-to-use reference tables. Vehicle curb weighs, list prices, and total production are listed, as are Standard and optional engines, their displacements, bore and stroke dimensions, and horse-power ratings. It's the kind of handy information that's invaluable to collectors and enthusiasts and fascinating to those with even the most-casual interest in automobiles.
Diverse as it is detailed, the encyclopedia offers something for every automotive taste: muscle cars and ponycars, economy cars and luxury liners, stunning successes and phenomenal flops. Such variety and depth of coverage make the Encyclopedia of American Cars a compelling portrait of the most-dynamic years in automotive history and a valuable addition to any car lover's library.