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Dean Jeffries: 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing & Film Hardcover – March 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (March 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760333467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760333464
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This new 192-page book by Tom Cotter gives a reasonably balanced view of Jeffries’ varied and interesting life around cars, illustrated with fantastic photos from Jeffries own collection. It’s a classic American success story, and another great addition to your Motorbooks collection.” - Custom Car


“This book sat on my table for a few days before I picked it up but once I did it stayed in my hands until I had finished it! I liked this book a lot.” - legendarycollectorcars.com

“As Cotter notes more than once in the book, Jeffries tended not to put himself in the spotlight, preferring instead to let his work speak for itself and for his talents — pinstriping, painting, metalworking. Yet the cars that he built — the Monkeemobile, the Mantaray, the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty — often overshadowed the builder. And yes, Cotter does address the issues Jeffries has with George Barris and explains how Barris had taken credit for many of the cars Jeffries built.” - Daniel Strohl, Hemmings

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Legendary car designer, builder, and painter Dean Jeffries was never one to toot his own horn, part of the reason his extraordinary career creating hot rods, Indy cars, TV and movie cars, and more has never been detailed as have those of contemporaries Von Dutch and George Barris. Still, Jeffries, who got his start pinstriping and customizing hot rods in car-crazed Southern California in the 1950s, made a name for himself with groundbreaking, stunning, and iconic vehicles like the Mantaray, Monkeemobile, and the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty.

 

In Dean Jeffries: 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing & Film, bestselling author Tom Cotter gives a rare glimpse into the life and work of one of the most talented car builders of our time, who has always preferred to let his creations speak for themselves. Featuring extensive interviews with Jeffries and those who worked with him (including longtime rival George Barris), this book offers an unprecedented look at the man who modified vehicles for everyone from James Dean, Steve McQueen, and Elvis to Cobra builder Carroll Shelby and Indy racer A. J. Foyt. Also part of the package are 250 rare photos and sketches from Jeffries’ personal archive, making this book perfect for any car nut.

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A regular contributor to Road & Track, Tom Cotter is the author of two bestselling automotive-rescue books, The Cobra in the Barn and The Hemi in the Barn. He also is the co-author of an award-winning history of the legendary race team Holman-Moody. Before focusing on writing, Cotter built one of the most successful PR agencies in motorsports, with a client list that included NASCAR, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, BMW, and SPEED channel. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl Kirchner on February 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A well written and touching story of one of the pioneers of the automotive field. Covers Dean's early life and his beginnings in the painting and striping customization field with people like Kenny Howard (Von Dutch) Dean went from learning early metal working and shaping to the most sought after painter and stripper in the field. Not to content to sit on his laurels he trudged forward with his first full creation the winner of the 1963 Oakland Roadster Show, the Mantaray. He was sought after to create some of the most famous film and TV vehicles around and many are featured here in this book, although Dean does tell me that the book represents only about half of the cars he created. Not liking the term customizer Dean refers to himself as a stylist. He says customizer implies adding junk to an already built car.
The book further chronicles his amazing Hollywood Career as a stuntman working on such films as Back to the Future, Damnation Ally, Romancing the Stone to name just a few.
But all through the book there is a touching story about his dedication and love for his wife, Row.
A great book with a unintended love story intertwined.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By steve on April 8, 2011
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Very well written with excellent photos. Tom Cotter does his research and knows how to put it together for a very informative book.I hope he does a series of auto related greats in hot rodding and custom cars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Adams on September 10, 2012
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If you're a car guy this book is for you. It tells about a time when hot rodding began, when it was just plain fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daryl the reader on August 31, 2012
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A great book! All these guys from this era were my heros. Their projects and articles in hot rod magazines got me thru high school. Ha Ha Seriously, a very talented guy who lived a real neat life.
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