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Title:
Cars : a celebration
Author:
Willson, Quentin.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
576 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789481559

9780751333688
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A fascinating road trip through almost half a century of classic car history, by well-known TV commentator and best-selling author Quentin Willson. Quentin Willson, the undisputed king of classic cars, takes a nostalgic spin through the golden days of motoring. Covering everything from kitsch cars to sleek roadsters in his inimitable style, he unveils a fabulous collection of over 150 classic cars. An encyclopedia of true classics. With a keen eye for performance and styling, Quentin Wilson has chosen a superb line-up of cars, mouthwateringly photographed, and furnished with all the facts and figures you'll ever need. From the curvaceous E-type to the legendary GT40, Wilson dishes up the detail on classic cars from all over the world. You can cruise through alphabetically arranged profiles, technical specifications, and construction data right down to every last spoked wheel and swing half-axle. High-performance history. Wilson provides an engaging history of these coveted classics, with everything from the retro appeal of America's "muscle cars" -- Mustangs, Corvettes, and Firebirds--to the advent of classic car auctions, and the huge price swings that accompanied them. Style trends and engineering developments are also covered in Wilson's usual entertaining fashion. A series of illustrated sketches neatly capture the famous and infamous personalities of the car world. This is essential reading for anyone who, like the author, can't resist engines that sound "like someone tearing sheets."


Author Notes

Celebrated author and journalist Quentin Willson is a highly acclaimed car expert. Known and respected worldwide as a TV commentator, he's never been afraid to get his hands dirty; he also buys, fixes, and sells hundreds of cars through his car wholesaling business.


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Booklist Review

Oh, the hours that car lovers will pore over the bold, dramatic pages of this large-format celebration of automotive types and styles found around the world in recent decades. Arrangement is alphabetical by marque, from the AC Ace-Bristol (a British roadster of the late 1950s) to the Willys Jeep MB (the workhorse used by the military in World War II). For each kind of featured car, a complete profile is offered: a brief history and a rundown on statistics in chart form as well as a series of luscious, crystal-clear photographs taken of the car from the front, back, top, and--across two-page spreads--side. Yes, the Edsel might have been a consumer failure, but its laughed-at styling nevertheless now seems very typical of the fifties. But laugh at the Lamborghini of the 1970s? And let's not even get started on how we ache to have owned a Corvette Sting Ray. And remember the neighbor in the 1970s who used to collect only 1959 Cadillacs? To dream . . . --Brad Hooper


Library Journal Review

More than a "celebration," as the title states, this highly illustrated volume is an exhaustive automobile encyclopedia. Willson (Classic American Cars) obviously knows his way around a steering wheel. But the most arresting features of the book are its size (nearly 600 pages), heft (6.5 lbs.), and quality (heavy, high-gloss paper with a sturdy binding). Histories of 150 of the most famous cars ever produced are fully documented with over 1800 photos. Each car is photographed in high detail, including front, back, sides, plane view, interior, and engine components. The text is minimal, focusing on each car's history and significance. Still, the book is packed with historical details and commentaries on style and engineering. It includes profiles of cars produced in Europe, the United States, Japan, and Australia. No equivalent book exists with this sort of detail and presentation. Highly suited for transportation collections and public libraries. Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.