Great Book Of American Automobiles


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  • ISBN: 9780760314760
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  • Binding: HardBack
  • Pages: 512
  • Imprint: MOTORBOOKS
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  • ID - 21675


This book charts the progress of the automobile in America from 1907, through the explosive automotive creativity of the fifties and the Renaissance of the nineties, and on to the future of the industry today. It highlights the work of the big three, Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors, and also covers the smaller companies who didn't survive the thirties and forties like Crosley, Packard and Studebaker. The history of the automobile in America is in many ways the story of the American dream. The best and the worst, the successes and the failures, the classics and the bizarre - the cars that America has taken to her heart have defined American culture. The ten years following World War I in America saw the birth of "mobility for the masses" as car ownership changed from being a privilege of a wealthy minority to become an essential part of the American way of life. The automobile reached the people. Between 1920 and 1929, car production more than doubled. Henry Ford and his Model T were partly responsible for the revolution, but others also played a part - Chevrolet, Dodge and Chrysler are still household names today. As outstanding cars of a particular year are examined, so too are the social and economic climates of that period. Thus we see the development of the automobile as an inextricable part of the American way of life, the growth of the car and of the industry reflecting that of the country. Any car enthusiast or fan of American history is sure to enjoy this wonderful book.



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