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Hemi: The Ultimate American V-8 Hardcover – October 3, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company; 1st edition (October 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076031103X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760311035
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,442,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mopar Max.com, April 2007
"Worthy of a place on your shelf...There are numerous engine close-ups showing well-detailed correct engine bays and engines. There are also many shots of engines which are perfect for the would-be Hemi restorer. ”


About the Author

Robert Genat is an accomplished author and photographer who has written 25 books for MBI Publishing. A self-proclaimed “gearhead,” Robert has restored two classic cars in the last 10 years (one of which was featured in a nationally syndicated television show), and has recently completed a chopped ’32 five-window coupe. He and his wife Robin own and operate ZoneFive Photo. Genat lives in Encinitas, California.

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A good coffee table book to spark conversation.
evanscr
I have owned this book for a while now...The more I look at it the more impressed I am.
Telecaster
This book is recommendable to all Hemi-heads, car lovers, and automobile historians.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By popular culture lover on December 31, 2002
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This is the latest in a long line of very good automotive-related books from author Genat. The photos are top-notch and the text informative, if a little simplistic. The overview of the early and late hemi's origins at the beginning of the book is top notch. The chapters on the many Mopar bodystyles that featured the hemi option are also quite good. My only quibble is that the book often does not show the featured cars' engines in the make and model chapters.
However, if you're a Mopar enthusiast or a hemi nut, this book will "light your fire." Despite the minor quibbles above, it's a great book and I can heartily recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Readalots on March 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Robert Genat's "Hemi The Ultimate V-8" (2002) continues to be a marvelous study for one of the great automotive engines of all time. More than the usual photo book, this 165 page hardback offers considerable statistical analysis for Chrysler's mightiest muscle motor.

Through nine absorbing chapters Genat explains the hemispherical combustion chamber engine ("Hemi"), Hemi cars (B body types), Hemi racers, and Hemi clone cars. This outstanding presentation speaks to the legendary motor and its cars through its first 20 years (1951-71). (Hopefully, today's Hemis, briefly reviewed toward the end of the book, have been reserved for a second volume.)

The photos, herein, are creatively posed and informative in presentation. Readers see the Hemi's internal workings, dual carbs (side by side and short rams inductions), super stock pipes (one on each carb barrel), air grabbers, coyote dusters, and shakers in vivid color. Hemi orange will always make one breathless! (A few historical black and whites present the Hemi's earliest days on road and track.)

The best portion of this book is chapter six, "Hemi Daytonas and Superbirds". Genat's discussion tells experienced truth while hitting the high points about these winged rides. (It was in one of these blue Superbirds in 1970- I learned as a kid- that highway side fence posts disappear above 150 mph!) If you want to know more about "Tonas" and "Birds"-- read this chapter.

Genat's book concludes with Hemi statistics in Appendixes A and B. Finally, he provides an authoritative bibliography for further research.

This book is recommendable to all Hemi-heads, car lovers, and automobile historians. Of Hemis, Ma Mopar should be proud!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie Sutton on January 24, 2010
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I'm a huge Mopar Nut found this book very informative from the begining to now it's just a good book
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I have a friend who collects Muscle cars and this was the perfect gift. There are lots of great pictures, which brought back memories of when the cars rolled off the assembly line.
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I got this hardcover for a price is unbelieveable and add to the frosting on the cake, it is a great book!
I just wish they show more details on the Hemi motor itself, they show a few of them which causes me to ponder how other parts work with certian parts in the motor, but did not show.
Love to see history from it's beginning all the way to it's end on 1971. Of course the Hemi goes on after wards in drag racing world and street customs.
it is worth having it in my mopar library.
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The book is great and it explains the history of the powerful motor and the cars they went in. The words ere good, but the pictures were outstanding!!!! The book arrived quickly, a lot sooner than promised! The price was good also!!!!!!
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