Sunday, October 23, 2016

Automoblog Book Garage: The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars

Book Garage

Throughout this Book Garage series, we have examined the American muscle car era, be it the history, performance, or the long-term impact on our culture. The truth is, muscle cars will always be apart of American culture; they are one of the defining elements of what it means to be an American.

It would be impossible to document life in the 1960s and 1970s and somehow omit muscle cars.

Muscle Creations

While American automakers were building muscle cars in their factories, local dealerships and visionary builders were equally as influential in cranking out their own versions. Michigan’s infamous Royal Pontiac was building their Pontiac Bobcats, Yenko Chevrolet had the their gem of a Camaro, Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge was inventing the concept of a V8 Dart, and Carroll Shelby was putting the ponies in the Mustang.

The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars catalogs these amazing vehicles, along with the fabricators and designers who envisioned them and ultimately unleashed them on the American scene. The book is wonderfully  illustrated, giving true justice to this memorable slice of American automotive history.

The 1969 427 Nova. “That was the wildest thing we ever did,” Don Yenko admitted. Photo: David Newhardt.

The 1969 427 Nova. “That was the wildest thing we ever did,” Don Yenko admitted. Photo: David Newhardt.

Author & Photographer

Since 1983, Tom Glatch has contributed hundreds of stories and photographs to major collector, Corvette, Mustang, muscle car, and Mopar magazines. Tom grew up during the muscle car era, later owning a 1970 Plymouth Duster 340. Tom and his wife Kelly have contributed photographs to books by other Motorbooks authors. When not pursuing old muscle cars, he works for a Fortune 500 corporation as a data and systems analyst and developer.

Glatch is joined by David Newhardt who has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles like Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He is one of the top automobile photographers today, and superbly captures the essence of American muscle in this book.

The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars is available through Amazon and Motorbooks.

The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars Gallery

No question who owned this ’69 Royal Bobcat GTO Judge. Jim Wanger suggested the Judge concept to spark GTO sales, but John DeLorean gave it the “Judge” name. Photo: David Newhardt. Yenko Sports Cars stripe on the hood pointed the way. Photo: David Newhardt. Yenko built 99 427 Chevelles, which put the Chevelle finally in the same supercar class as the Hemi Roadrunners and Coronets. Super Stock and Drag Illustrated was able turn the quarter mile in 13.70 @ 104.01. Photo: David Newhardt. The first Can-Am Spyder, built in 1978 during the height of John Greenwood’s popularity, was displayed at the New York Rod and Custom Show as a show car. Under the bulging hood lurked a 530 hp, 466 Motion big block. Photo: David Newhardt. CSX2487 was invoiced to Shelby American on July 9, 1964 and shipped aboard the SS Loch Gowan to Los Angeles, where it was ordered by Hayward Ford Motors. Photo: David Newhardt. In 1967 Carroll Shelby built one GT500 Super Snake as a tire test vehicle for Goodyear. It featured same powerplant used in the GT40 Mk II that won LeMans in 1966, producing 600 hp. Photo: David Newhardt.

Last weekend in the Automoblog Book Garage, we featured one of the best-selling vehicles in the world.

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