- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (December 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760328269
- ISBN-13: 978-0760328262
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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GM's Motorama: The Glamorous Show Cars of a Cultural Phenomenon Hardcover – December 15, 2006
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Road and Track, May 2007
“Ample captions and fully researched text explain the one-off production, and destruction, of this American studio’s creations. This book would grace the coffee-table in any of today’s uber-chic downtown lofts.”
Car Collector, March 2007
“GM’s Motorama is the best book I have seen on the history of GM’s dream cars and the evolution of their concept. This handsomely designed 10x10 inch book is lavishly illustrated with many never before seen photos, and so well-written you don’t want to put it down … this is about as much book as you could ever hope to get for only $40. This is the summer’s must have car book.”
“...this book [is] a real page-turner....A tour through this remarkable new book on Motorama not only traces the history of these splendid show cars – it brings an important message through [its] final chapter. Temple’s book is a very readable, colorful, exciting, and spontaneous testimony to that heritage.”
Ol’ Skool Rodz, May 2007
“David Temple (along with the book’s designer, Jennifer Bergstrom) has done a masterful job in presenting the material for this book … This book is a wonderful look back at GM’s days as the world leader in the automotive industry … You should own this book.”
TopGear Magazine (UK), July 2007
“David W. Temple’s handsome book recalls the cars and people behind the Motorama shows.”
Auto Restorer, June 2007
“It is extensively illustrated with some 200 color and 50 black-and-white photos.”
From the Inside Flap
The General Motors Motorama was created to showcase the products of the corporation, which included not only automobiles from Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet, and GMC, but also its auto parts and non-automotive divisions. More notably, it featured experimental automobiles, or “Dream Cars,” created to test public reaction to new ideas. These cars also exposed the public to advanced concepts—a simple but effective way to introduce features that would be found on automobiles in the near and distant future. Certainly, there are no cars rarer or more uniquely styled than the Dream Cars of the 1950s. These Dream Cars are fascinating not only for their peculiar history, but also for their styling. GM’s Motorama and its futuristic styling moved people, as the cars embodied freedom itself and provided a vision of a bright future ahead.
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