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3.0 out of 5 stars A history of fins, August 21, 2005
This review is from: Classic American Cars (Hardcover)
The writer is fascinated with the evolution of the tail fin, and it seems to be the main theme. His writing is painful to read. Does "rude" means "good"? One car has a trunk the size of Indiana, another can hold a football team, and another a golf tournament. But which of these is the biggest? And those fins...by 1965 they were getting smaller by the day!

The writer clearly has his favorites and also some cars he doesn't like. Why did he feature a car that he greatly dislikes, and was not popular with the public? Because he found a gorgeous specimen for photographs. And a 1959 Edsel after he ripped apart the 1958 Edsel, and already told us when the brand died? Again, he had nice looking examples. But at least twice he mentions the fins of the 1959 Chevy, but never shows us a picture. Instead he recycles a picture of 1960 Chevy. He also repeats odd phrases and entire explanations, such as the naming pattern of the Chrysler 300 letter series.

Seeing the same license plates on more than one car, and the same exact license plates on the front and rear of every car, was obviously fake and distracting. It made me wonder what other tricks he used.

On the plus side, the consistent photographic angles makes it fun to compare car styles to each other. He often mentions which head stylist was responsible for a design, and points out that stylist's design traits. I also appreciated seeing specifications and figures such as 0 to 60 times and fuel mileage for each featured car.
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