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American Car Spotter's Bible 1940-1980 Paperback – December 8, 2005


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  • Paperback: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (December 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896891798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896891791
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book show the difference model to model and change year by year.
serie20
I had one of the original black and white copies of this book but I had given it away so I started looking for a replacement.
C. J. Schafer
Overall this is a great book; there are thousands of color illustrations and pictures of American vehicles.
R Erwin

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R Erwin on May 30, 2008
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Overall this is a great book; there are thousands of color illustrations and pictures of American vehicles. There are several things to note that keep me from giving it five stars:

There are some strange omissions like the Chevy II/Chevy Nova from 1961-1972--where is it? The 1962 Chevy II convertible was my parents first car, but it is MIA. There are no Plymouth models from 1979 and there are only two cars shown for the years 1977-1978. Many times one end of the car is shown, but nothing of the other end, like in the case of the 1969 Cadillac.

As one man said, some things are hard to find because there doesn't seem to be any consistency on a car's location. Ford Torinos, Comets, Mavericks, Granadas, and Fairmonts all have their place in the Ford section of the book. Mustangs, however, are with the "m's" and Thunderbirds are witht the "t's". Pontiac Firebirds aren't with Pontiac, but between Ford Falcons and Ford full size cars.

The author is also not consistent in presenting the changes for some years. The '77-'79 Lincolns are listed together as if they are all identical, but the 1977 Lincolns had fender skirts and the '78-'79 did not. There are entire pages for each of the '63-'65 Chryslers, and then '66-'69 are all crammed on one page. This kind of thing happens many times and is fairly disappointing.

Finally, there are strange markings on many of the illustrations: door lines are drawn in, wheels are colored in, etc. A lot of the illustrations are cut up, which is sometimes confusing and disappointing, but they can help to draw attention to differences between models.

Still, it is worth the price and has plenty of pictures to look at.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Nowicki on February 26, 2006
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I purchased this book for my grandson to use. Had a chance to scan through it prior to giving it to him. It is fairly easy to use, although there are some models not put in the order you would think they should be listed in. Though not intended to be a full history publication, it is an item to quickly look up a model and find the differences specific to that year. Production numbers listed for most models. A very handy "guide" for those who have interest in old vehicles. A must have for the novice and expert alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on December 22, 2008
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If you're a baby boomer like me, you remember when most of the cars in this book were daily drivers instead of automotive Faberge eggs, which is the way owners treat them now.

This is, in a way, a compilation of two of Tad Burness's previous black-and-white guides, encompassing American cars from 1940-1965 and 1966-1980.

I had wanted both these books in college when they came out, in 1977 and 1982 respectively; never could afford them, and by the time I could, they were out of print. I never expected to see a guide from Burness of this size and quality, and in COLOR, no less! And I never would have known it was available, except that I typed in a search for used copies of the 1940-65 guide in Amazon, and this wonderful book came up in the results.

It's worth every penny of its purchase price, and I am happy, happy, happy! Mr. Burness, we're waiting for the 1981-2008 Bible;-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John P. Janssen on December 16, 2008
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not a bad book, but its missing a few cars. don't buy it if you like chevy nova's. some cars are out of order. not mr.burness's best book, i have some of his old ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Schafer on March 21, 2008
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The American Car Spotter's Bible.

It's purpose is to help you identify a car, therefore it is full of pictures for you to look at. It is not intended to provide history on these cars (which it does a little bit anyway).

I had one of the original black and white copies of this book but I had given it away so I started looking for a replacement. This book was not yet back in print at the time. Used book dealers on the web were asking upwards of $100 for those originals because so many people still wanted them. Luckily this color edition came out in the nick of time and I picked it up right away.

Just what I wanted!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Swanson on August 12, 2007
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This is a very helpful resource tool for American cars from 1940-80. All the subtle differences are shown and noted. Especially helpful for those cars in the years just following WWII. It is wonderful to have all the illustrations in color. The book has been arranged alphabetically by car and chronologically for each. This book is a definite must have for everyone who has the 30's thru 70's decade car books. A really nice touch to go with all the great color illustrations is the price and production feature for each car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aleksey Zakharov on May 22, 2010
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I bought this book as a gift to my brother-in-law who loves taking pictures of American cars. Later he told me that he is afraid to open this book because it is so detailed that he has nothing more to learn from his pictures and the internet! Soon he realized usefulness of this book, and now he is using it as a reference to sort his photo collection. This book is definitely one of the greatest sources of information for American car spotters.
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very good book, useful and interesting, did find a few errors, but overall very interesting, I would recommend this book to any car guy.
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