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The Red Car Hardcover – January 11, 2000

4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (January 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568497318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568497310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book made me want to go out and buy a MG TC. A classic story about a young man and his dream of owning the red car. Anything can happen in a fiction story and it does in this book. It has a happy ending, leaves a good feeling about people and early sports cars.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"The Red Car" is a book I read back in elementary school many moons ago. It helped to ignite in me a love of sports cars that lives to this day - I own an MGB roadster.
I was reminded of the book reading a forum on MG's and the title came up. I looked for the book on Amazon and found it! I bought it seeking to rekindle old memories. The little book did not disappoint! It is written at more than an elementary school level, which makes it an enjoyable light read.
It traces the story of a small town teen in the early 1950's who sees a wrecked little red sports car in a local mechanic's garage. He is smitten by the car and resolves to buy it and restore it to driveable condition. It follows him through numerous challenges which he faces with determination until he achieves his goal.
Like all books that were old Scholastic Books selections, this one has an underlying theme of personal growth through adversity and determination.
It succeeded in reconnecting me with days and memories long gone by. Glad I bought it.
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Format: Hardcover
It has been 35 years since I read the book but I can vivdly remember many parts of it. For example the mechanic Frenchy left his tools dirty to keep others from walking off with them; the race through the mountains with the big Ford that could not stay with the MG in the curves and then his Dad getting caught up in the moment, telling him to speed up. Then later the Dad telling the boy not to mention the race to his mother and cautioning all of the other boys on how dangerous they had been. What a grand book to read.
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Format: Hardcover
I read and re-read the Scholastic paperback of this book until it literally fell to pieces. I identified totally with the main character. I bought an MG while I was in college and still have an MG in my garage 40 years after first reading this great story. Highly recommended for all sports car lovers.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read the Red Car 50 years ago when I was 14. It inspired me to a lifelong passion for collecting and enjoying British sports cars. In my retirement, I spend all my time with my collection of cars. However, I have yet to find my own MG-TC but do have two later model MGs. Long ago I had lost my copy of The Red Car and was delighted when Amazon located a used (in new condition) copy. I have enjoyed it again. My wife questions why I spent $20.00 for a small paperback that is priced on the cover at 35 cents! She has also questioned the many tens of thousands of dollars that I have spent over the years on British cars!
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was about six years old. Forty odd years ago. I loved it and the Red Car. I think the fact that I drive a miata now says a lot about the results of this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a paper back in 1957. Ordered it from the book club at school. I was 12 and the book captivated me. I am unable to locate that original- but it might be around somewhere. I am 61, and I purchased a 1st edition hardback on line. They are getting pricey. I have reread this book several times and it is a great book for a kid or an old guy. We even moved to Glenwood, where my son was born. I worked as a Pharmacy intern in a drug store there.(Wonder if it is the one in the book.) And I have a Z3 BMW roadster now. I tried to buy a

MG TF at sixteen, but my parents wouldn't let me. It was $650 at the time. I don't know if Bullet is Aspen (which I think it is- Or Basalt) There is no Bullet I know of. Great early teen or pre-teen book.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I was growing up in a small California town, domestic cars such as the 57 Chevy, Pontiac GTO and Plymouth Dusters were the conversation of our days. But for me after reading this book, I began my love for the little sportcars such as the MG-TC in this book and others like the Triumph TR2 and the Porsche 356s. It was a book that first took me away from thoughts responsibilities and growing up and I could immerse myself in a story of a boy's passion and adventure. This is the book that started my love for cars, a passion and appreciation that I still have today. Great book for all ages, even a 59 year old like me.
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