Top Muscle

The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade

Author: Darwin Holmstrom

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760345147

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 224

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"Darwin Holmstrom's Top Muscle is a look at over two dozen of the rarest one-offs and production vehicles from the muscle-car era of the late 60s and early 70s. Featuring new and original photography of every car, this book chronicles the biggest and baddest in the heyday of American muscle"--
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American Muscle Cars

A Full-Throttle History

Author: Darwin Holmstrom

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760350132

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

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Holmstrom tells these complete story of the classic muscle-car era, from the introduction of Pontiac's GTO in 1964. From the performance cars that preceded the muscle cars to the last Super Duty 455 Firebird rolled off Pontiac's assembly line in 1974, they're all here. And the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger muscle cars are being manufactured today are part of the rebirth of the American muscle supercar history.
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The All-American Muscle Car

The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Detroit's Greatest Performance Cars - Revised & Updated

Author: Joe Oldham,Jim Wangers,Colin Comer,David Newhardt,Randy Leffingwell

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760353352

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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The birth of the muscle car, mid-sized cars with big engines making big horsepower, marked not only a revolution in performance?but also a revolution in marketing. For the first time ever, car manufacturers tailored their product to a youth audience. The genre thrived in the 60s and early 70s and was reborn in the 21st century. The All-American Muscle Car celebrates the fifty-year history of the breed through stunning modern and archival photography, and brilliant essays from today?s top muscle-car writers. Organized by themes, its chapters cover the introduction and early years of muscle; the cultural trends that made muscle cars so wildly popular; the pop culture that surrounded the cars in music, film, and television; and racing, both legal and illegal. Great rivalries are detailed?Camaro versus Mustang versus Firebird versus Challenger versus?Cuda, GTO versus Road Runner versus Super Bee versus Chevelle SS versus Buick Gran Sport versus Oldsmobile 4-4-2, and the like. The book also explores the illogical extremes at the end of the classic era, the Plymouth Superbirds, GTOJudges, LS6 Chevelles, Hemi?Cudas, W-30 Oldsmobiles, Ram Air IV Pontiacs, Stage I GSX Buicks, and 440/6 Road Runners; the dark years and the death of performance; the rebirth of the muscle car; and the modern interpretations of the breed including the new Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger.
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Hemi Muscle 70 Years

Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth High Performance

Author: Darwin Holmstrom

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760365202

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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Hemi Muscle 70 Years is the complete illustrated story of the legendary engine and the cars it powered. Author Darwin Holmstrom explores how Chrysler's Hemi engine became the number one choice for drag racers and stock car racers across the country, campaigned to great success by drivers like Richard Petty, Don Garlits, David Pearson, Sox and Martin, and more. In 1950, Chrysler debuted a potent high-performance overhead-valve V-8 engine. Originally called the FirePower, it would soon be better known by the name “Hemi.” Intended to power Chrysler’s luxury cars, the Hemi found a higher calling: humiliating its competitorson the street and at the race track. On top of learning how the Hemi engine came to be, you'll also see how the Hemi remained the engine to beat on the street, stuffed into some of the most desirable performance cars in automotive history: the ‘Cuda, Road Runner, Charger, GTX, and Challenger, to name a few. The Hemi made such a lasting impact that Chrysler revived it as the top engine for the twenty-first century Challenger and Charger. Today, Hemi is a household name, known to enthusiasts and consumers alike, often imitated, never duplicated. Having found its way into both sports cars and luxury cars, you'll often hear: “Hey, has that thing got a Hemi in it?” This book answers “yes”…and offers the full exciting story!
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Camaro

Five Generations of Performance

Author: Darwin Holmstrom,David Newhardt,Ed Welburn

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760340188

Category: Transportation

Page: 348

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A visual history of the Camaro traces Chevrolet's efforts to capture the 1960s youth market and compete with the Mustang, describing classic models including the IROC-Z while assessing the Camaro's influence on car design and culture. Original.
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Pontiac GTO 50 Years

The Original Muscle Car

Author: Darwin Holmstrom

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 162788565X

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

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This is the car that launched the muscle car era and gave the Baby Boomers high-speed wings. Trivia freaks might know that Pontiac's "GTO" means "Gran Turismo Omologato," but muscle car fans know it earned its nickname—The Great One—at a time when America built the greatest cars on earth. It wasn't the fastest, the most powerful, or the most outrageous muscle car, but Pontiac's GTO resides at the very top of the pantheon because it was the first. Pontiac GTO 50 Years: The Original Muscle Car follows the rise of this iconic vehicle from the day in 1963 when Chief Engineer John Z. DeLorean bolted a 389-cubic-inch GTO engine into a prototype Tempest coupe through the final GTO rendition in 2006. Wedding that massive V-8 to a mid-size GM chassis created one of the fastest production cars of the time but also made it a car just about anyone with a job could afford. It started as an option package that was supposed to be limited to 5,000 units. Instead, word of mouth pushed sales to more than six times that many in its first year. Hundreds of photographs round out this thoroughly researched history and offer insight into the vehicle that, through redesigns, repackages, and relaunches, came of age with the Baby Boomer generation. From classic 1960s models to the GTO's revival in 2004, the exhilarating story of the outlaw that should never have been—and will never be again—will thrill any auto enthusiast.
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The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection

Author: Randy Leffingwell,Darwin Holmstrom,Bill Davidson

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 076034017X

Category: Transportation

Page: 408

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With exquisite, detailed photographs and histories of the motorcycles featured from Harley's collection, this book captures the excitement of the best-known motorcycles in the world.
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The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection

Author: Darwin Holmstrom

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760361542

Category: Transportation

Page: 416

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Who knew, one hundred years ago, that the freedom-loving, speed-hungry, cutting-edge motorcycle fanatics who founded Harley-Davidson were making history along with bikes? The Harley-Davidson Collection, showcasing a century of bikes that shaped motorcycle history, brings that history to gleaming life in page after page of motorcycles beyond compare. On the eve of the opening of the historic Harley-Davidson Museum, this book gives motorcycle enthusiasts an opportunity to pore over the bikes in the collection, and to linger over every detail that made Harley-Davidson such an icon of American open-road power and performance. With exquisite, detailed photographs and histories of the hundred motorcycles in Harley’s collection, from serial number one built in 1903 to the latest low-slung Softail, high-revving VRSC, and touring models, the book captures the excitement of the best-known motorcycles in the world. All that’s missing is the patented roar, which readers are invited to supply.
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GTO

Pontiac's Great One

Author: Darwin Holmstrom,David Newhardt

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 076033515X

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 336

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The illustrated story of the GTO--and the birth of American muscle--those who designed it, marketed it, drove, and loved it.
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Indian Motorcycle

America's First Motorcycle Company

Author: Darwin Holmstrom

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0760348634

Category: Indian motorcycle

Page: 224

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"The complete story of Indian, America's first mass-produced motorcycle maker"--
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