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Product Details

  • Series: Photo Archive
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Enthusiast Books (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583881980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583881989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author is a native of Detroit. His first career following his graduation from Wayne State with a degree in journalism, was marketing Detroit-made muscle cars. His previous book on the subject, Shelby’s Wildlife: the Cobras and the Mustangs, sold 50,000 copies and was in print for 17 years. Wallace A. Wyss has previously authored books on GT40s, Ferraris, Porsche etc. His magazine articles are found in Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and Auto Motor and Sport. He is also an ad copywriter, and consultant to the auto industry on high-performance cars.


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Wallace Alfred Wyss was born in Detroit, in the Henry Ford hospital. His father , a Swiss immigrant, was a worker on the Ford assembly line somewhat earlier. Wyss grew up in the "musclecar" era, only blocks from Woodward Ave. and could hear drag racers peeling out on Woodward from his house. His first career was in advertising copywriting , working on the Chevrolet account where he wrote ads for Corvettes and Camaros, Chevelles and Novas. His first book was published in 1977, Shelby's Wildlife: the Cobras and the Mustangs which sold 50,000 copies during its 17 years in print.
He says he happened upon becoming the chronicler of Shelby-American quite by accident. "Back in the '60s, I was walking along a street in downtown Detroit when a lady turned a corner in a bright red 427 Cobra, sliding sideways in a full drift, with great balls of fire popping out of the side exhausts, frightening a nearby mounted policeman's horse. She pulled up to me and asked "Which way is Cobo Hall? (the convention center)." I replied "If you give me a ride, I will show you where it is." I jumped in and she drove off at 140 mph. It turned out later that she was a race driver employed by Shelby as his Cobra Caravan toured the U.S. A few years later when the owner of Motorbooks Int. asked me who he could hire to write about the Cobra, I volunteered, and have done three books on Shelby and Cobras since." Wyss later began a long association with Iconografix Inc., doing many pictorial books including Ford GT40 Photo Archive with Brian Winer, and Porsche 356 Photo Archive. His newest books from Iconografix are SHELBY The Man, The Cars, The Legend and COBRA and SHELBY MUSTANG Photo Archive. He also self-published, with Al Axelrod and Brian Winer, the instant collectible, a limited edition book entitled Ford GT40 and the New Ford GT. An accomplished fine artist specializing in collector cars, his work, in the form of oil paintings, made its debut in a Carmel CA gallery in 2007 and will be the subject of a feature in an April 2010 issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine. Limited edition prints of his originals work are available from www.Albaco.com and www.woodiesofcarmel.com. Wyss, who for a short time was a cowboy on the Bitteroot range in Montana, lives part time on his ranch, Cobra Ranch, in the picturesque village of Mendocino in N. California and also in S. California, where he is involved in breeding thoroughbred race horses

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Hills on December 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Purchased it for my nephew who is a Mustang lover. It arrived quickly, and he opened the package on X-Mas morning. He is very impressed with the articles and photos. Said it was the best book on Mustangs that he has ever read, and he is a very hard person to get presents for. I really lucked out this time, now I'll have to start figuring out what to get him for next X-Mas.
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By "BugSmasher" on July 18, 2012
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As I noted in one of my other Cobra book reviews , if you're die-hard Cobra & Shelby purist this book might also be an asset to your collection. I wouldn't say it's a must have but for the purist it holds a lot of nice photos. Also a fair amount of info to be had from the photo captions. How well I recognize that dash in the car on the cover as I & my Corvette were viciously trounced years back ! A young looking Dick Smith with CSX3035 (?) on page 63 way back when. I only found one caption I didn't really agree with on page 49 but that's another story in one of my other reviews. All in all I'd say a small treasure chest of photos & captions for the Shelby purist.
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Merely a use of discarded images from previous muddling book projects. No attempt to update or add any new information from 1970s inferior research. A very lazy effort. Not worth the price
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By William S. Whitley on August 23, 2011
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The book has many photos of the subject matter. Most are rather usual or seen before.
Not really a spectactular book.
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By Walter Kreuchi on August 21, 2014
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Great Book !
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