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American Cars, 1960-1972: Every Model, Year by Year Hardcover – May 5, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0786412730 ISBN-10: 0786412739 Edition: illustrated edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; illustrated edition edition (May 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786412739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786412730
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When one thinks of cars from the 1960s, the first thing that comes to mind is muscle cars. This unique book covers the muscle cars of that period. It is arranged by year and includes all of the cars that were offered for sale by U.S. automobile manufacturers. For each model year there is an overview of the cars followed by extensive data about each, including production numbers, pricing, specifications and dimensions, standard equipment and major options, paint color choices, running changes from the previous model year, and other information. The information is presented in standardized form so that comparisons can easily be made from one model to another. The small black-and-white pictures of each model are not of much use since they are so small that the detail cannot be seen. Trucks are not included, and neither are those imports such as the Dodge Colt, Plymouth Cricket, Ford Cortina, and the Opels sold by Buick. A two-page index of car models concludes the book. There is no bibliography, but it appears from the author's acknowledgments that much of the information was gleaned from NADA's Used Car Guide, motor magazine, and the NATB Motor Vehicle Identification Manual.

Flory covers an enormous amount of information, and his friendly writing style makes interesting reading. A nice feature is the use of advertising quotes used by the automobile industry, such as "It's the car to arrive in when you've arrived" for the Buick Electra 225 or "Go pert, peppy and proud . . . in a Falcon" for the Ford Falcon or "Sports car action with a luxury look" for the Mercury Marauder. With the interest in trivia, an index of these quotes and the automobiles to which they refer would be extremely valuable. Public libraries will find this a useful reference source. H. Robert Malinowski
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"A good statistical source...recommended." --Choice

"Comprehensive...detailed." --Antique Automobile Club of America

"Unique...extensive data...enormous amount of information...friendly writing style makes interesting reading...useful." --Booklist RBB

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Swanson on May 5, 2009
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THis book is a grea reference book of American Cars produced from 1960 -1972. For those of you who have the decade picture books in your library this is the book you need to make that lbrary complete. Every car is covered with all the pertinant information you need. Model produced, colors, prices, options, engines, specifications etc. This book falls into the category of must have for any serious car lover of the period.
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I bought both "American Cars 1946-1959" and "American Cars 1960-1972: Every Model, Year by Year" for the in depth production information that these books contain. Everything I could imagine wanting to know about any car model is available in these volumes, and although I have many other automobile books that also contain much of this information, none individually offer the complete set of production numbers, paint and factory codes and car model sales history details that are contained in these two books.

Some buyers were disappointed by the small black and white pictures in these books but I have many automobile books with large color photos and if I want more I can find hundreds of pictures of any model I want on the internet any time I want so this is a plus for me - these are already large books and I wouldn't want them any larger. The pictures show enough to identify the car models covered and that is sufficient for me. I wanted the extensive hard-to-find detailed information that they contain and I was impressed by finding even more info than I had hoped for.

You get what you pay for and these books are not cheap so if you are not a car restorer or car fanatic like me, these books are not for you. Most of us already have a library of car books with beautiful color photos or books with detailed illustrations (my favorite is the "American Car Spotters Guide" books that are no longer in print) so the "beauty" of these books is printed words they contain, not the images.
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By V. Goins on October 22, 2013
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I bought this as a birthday gift for a gear head friend of mine. He loves it! Perfect gift and the information is amazingly detailed.
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