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Cars of the Fabulous '50s Hardcover – January, 2002

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Publications International (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785369015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785369011
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harris H. Palmer on October 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This comprehensive compilation of photographs and anecdotes about the fabulous automobiles of the 1950's will appeal to any nostalgia buff, whether a collector, a would-be collector, or to anyone who just likes the cars of the era. Organized year-by-year and then by make, the book makes it easy to find the model you are looking for. The photo reproduction is excellent and the brief descriptions (including prices)are to the point. You will find almost any car made in the U.S., both popular models that sold well and many that were sold in limited numbers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mistress Raye on March 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my dad, so I can't say whether or not I personally liked it. I thought it was a perfect gift for my dad because it has lots of pictures and not a lot of text (my dad isn't big on reading). The most text it has is captions under the pictures. He seemed to enjoy it - he spent an hour or two rummaging through it, and he still pulls it out every now and then (which is something he doesn't usually do - once the book gets put away, it stays put away).
So, if you prefer looking at pictures of cars from the fifties instead of reading about them, then this is a good book for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on March 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Fifties was a great time for Detroit and the look of their products reflected the carmakers optimism for the good times that were sweeping over the middle classes during the decade. Never mind racial tensions and the Cold War didn't everybody deserve to drive around in a flamboyant dream on wheels.

Books about autos of the period are steady sellers but I think this volume can't be beat. To get over sixteen hundred color photos and graphics in one book is pretty impressive. I like the editorial format, too, with each model getting a page per year. The mix of car company PR shots, period ads and graphics, dealer showroom and gas station photos plus the captions makes the pages sparkle. There is a very comprehensive index in the back, which makes Cars of the Fabulous 50s probably the best reference book available.

I see that this 416 page all-color book is available at some amazing low prices. Clearly a bargain.

Another book (by the same publisher) 'American Cars of the 1950s (ISBN 1412711568) covers the same ground but has an interesting twist in only using car graphics from ads and brochures for the picture content. It's also a square, chunky 320-page book. This publisher has also put out the same two books covering cars of the Sixties.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gil on May 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Basicly you get a hugh book full of lush high qulity pictures , each picture has little commentry text attached and all are arranged by year , make and model . Most of restored cars but also b&w oldies , advertising , promo etc. I would have liked to see more interior pictures of the cars as well as all round view of the same car and not many image of differnt cars ,but still this is a really great book for 50's cars and you'll surely enjoy browsing it .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Hamilton on July 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My whole family is enjoying this book very much, brings back a lot of memories too. Thats why we also ordered a copy of the "Sizzling 60's".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on March 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Fifties was a great time for Detroit and the look of their products reflected the carmakers optimism for the good times that were sweeping over the middle classes during the decade. Never mind racial tensions and the Cold War didn't everybody deserve to drive around in a flamboyant dream on wheels.

Books about autos of the period are steady sellers but I think this volume can't be beat. To get over sixteen hundred color photos and graphics in one book is pretty impressive. I like the editorial format, too, with each model getting a page per year. The mix of car company PR shots, period ads and graphics, dealer showroom and gas station photos plus the captions makes the pages sparkle. There is a very comprehensive index in the back, which makes Cars of the Fabulous 50s probably the best reference book available.

Another book (by the same publisher) 'American Cars of the 1950s (ISBN 1412711568) covers the same ground but has an interesting twist in only using car graphics from ads and brochures for the images. It is also a square, chunky 320-page book. Also available are the same two book covering cars of the Sixties.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie King on May 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
IF YOU LOVE "THE FABULOUS '50s", and, you love cars, then this is one book that you MUST own ! If you own, or have owned, a Rod or Custom based on a '50s car of any make, then this is one book that you MUST own ! If you've read my Reviews here on Amazon and have any faith at all in my Reviews and Recommendations, then this is one book that you MUST own ! Get the picture ?

This book is not just a fantastic look at the cars of the fabulous fifties: It is a Pop Culture lesson in the History of the American Automobile and how it linked to our daily lives in those Jet Age, Post-War, Boomer years of the '50s...giving us the freedom of the open road, the ability to 'Cruise to the newly-built Drive-Ins, and, eventually, drive back home to our recently-developed suburban neighborhoods.

The author, JAMES M. FLAMMANG, has been writing & editing books about cars for years, and this magnificent volume has over 416 pages with more than 1,600 photos that include great reproductions of 1950's auto ads, plus it also covers the facts, events, and, personalities of that dynamic time period. Be careful though: This is a large, coffee table size book that - if you leave it out where anybody can see it - may be swiped by one of your friends !
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