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Road Hogs: Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970s Hardcover – June 13, 2011

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Library Journal November 15, 2011

This tribute to the wretched automotive excesses of the 1960s and 1970s takes an affectionate look at the land yachts and whale-sized station wagons then produced by Detroit automakers. Every page contains full-color photos—many from ads and sales brochures—showing Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, and Lincolns of the era. Automotive journalist Peters (Automotive Atrocities) delivers an amusing and somewhat snarky narrative, pausing to snicker over the behemoths of the highways while sharing stories with readers. With fins galore and enough chrome to blind oncoming drivers, these massive luxury cruisers featured sumptuous interiors with Tiffany clocks and fine Corinthian leather. With gas under a dollar a gallon and no worries about global warming, who cared whether the miles-per-gallon hovered around ten? These were the vehicles of Elvis and Frank Sinatra, a dream for the average worker bee. VERDICT A must-have for fans of big Detroit iron, and a fun choice to bring to family gatherings—“Didn’t grandpa have one of those?” A guaranteed conversation starter among baby boomers, especially those who learned how to parallel park in one of these mile-long cruisers.—Susan Belsky, Oshkosh P.L., WI



"A guaranteed conversation starter among baby boomers, especially
those who learned how to parallel park in one of these mile-long
cruisers." — Library Journal



This tribute to the wretched automotive excesses of the 1960s and 1970s takes an affectionate look at the land yachts and whale-sized station wagons then produced by Detroit automakers. Every page contains full-color photos—many from ads and sales brochures—showing Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, and Lincolns of the era. Automotive journalist Peters (Automotive Atrocities) delivers an amusing and somewhat snarky narrative, pausing to snicker over the behemoths of the highways while sharing stories with readers. With fins galore and enough chrome to blind oncoming drivers, these massive luxury cruisers featured sumptuous interiors with Tiffany clocks and fine Corinthian leather. With gas under a dollar a gallon and no worries about global warming, who cared whether the miles-per-gallon hovered around ten? These were the vehicles of Elvis and Frank Sinatra, a dream for the average worker bee. VERDICT A must-have for fans of big Detroit iron, and a fun choice to bring to family gatherings—“Didn’t grandpa have one of those?” A guaranteed conversation starter among baby boomers, especially those who learned how to parallel park in one of these mile-long cruisers. - Library Journal Xpress

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Think back to the awe-inspiring automobiles you saw on the street when you were a kid, the sleek Chryslers and luxurious Oldsmobiles, the elegant Cadillacs and opulent Lincolns, big cars with giant engines that ruled the road. Road Hogs: Detroit’s Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970s celebrates these cars, as well as the era they represent, a time when American automobiles were, without question, the best the world had to offer. This was a time when “made in America” meant “quality,” a time when the entire world aspired to own the cars rolling out of Detroit. Lavishly illustrated, this book will transport the reader back to a time when luxury, power, and style ruled the road.

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; First edition (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760337640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760337646
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fun book with great pictures, but one that in fact spans the 50's well into the 80's (not focused on 60's and 70's), and unfortunately has a lot of factual "mis-cues" and innacurate information (a picture of a 58 Impala mis-identified as a Buick Electra, for example). Still, worth having in your auto library if you are a car nut...just grin and bear it when you see some of the glaring errors!
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I don't know where to start on this poorly written and researched book, there are endless factual errors and completely incorrect statements, the copy seems intentionally vague to hide the authors poor grasp of his subject. I would recommend just looking at the pictures and ignore the pathetic commentary. The most classic mistake is a photo of a 1958 Chevrolet captioned as an Electra 225, perhaps in an effort to disguise the mistake the logo on the hood has been airbrushed out. All in all not a very special effort, half of the book comes from reprinting period ads and dealer literature. A number of the contemporary shots appear to be incorrectly painted and accessorized European sourced photos of vehicles in poor condition. Good book for someone who knows nothing about cars and wishes to learn nothing.
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This book is a must read for anyone who had the privilege of ever having owned or driven these land yachts. I cut my teeth on a 70 Chrysler Newport Custom, so this book was right up my alley. Sorry for that pun. The author writes and describes these behemoths with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Those who grow up today will probably never understand the corporate or consumer mindset of the 1950s to early 1970s. For them this book might seem about as relevant as a walk on the moon. Nostalgia for what many opine as the "good old days" before global warming and OPEC oil embargoes can be revisited by thumbing through this tome. I know I was able to relive some memories by reading this book. As many say, you know you're old when the car you learned to drive in is considered an antique. Probably a niche book for a niche audience, but is it ever fun if you fit into that niche. Those with an interest in vintage American gas guzzling iron will love it. Those who drive Priuses or Volts, probably will not. I'll bet Bob Lutz would like it! I just wish MotorBooks would print their books here. The Chinese proofreaders miss a whole lot of mistakes.
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Road Hogs is about as much fun as I've had in a book in years. Great (and mostly) accurate information presented in a fun format. Pictures are great, writing is great, and the quality of the book itself is great. Makes me want about another 5 cars! Eric, thanks for your work on this great recording of history. When America...was America! Order a copy for yourself, but don't plan on parallel parking it. Thanks again Eric! Dave (in Colorado)
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Overall I enjoyed reading this book mainly because I love the big cars of the past and share the author's opinion of modern cars and the current state of the auto industry. However, I got the feeling after you read one of the editorials, you pretty much have read them all as the author reiterated the same things over and over agian. There are a lot of nice pictures, except the '58 Chevy in the Buick Electra 225 chapter OOPs. As many others have stated there are a lot of factual, as well as typograhical errors. I have loved these cars for most of my 28 years, but by no means consider myself an expert but I was able to pick out numerous factual errors (most of them just minor things like maybe stating a car was down-sized in '78 when it was in fact down-sized in '77 or saying a certain engine was not available in a particular year. I also found it odd the years the author decided to say a model was in its prime at the beginning of each chapter. For example the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was 1946-1984 when the Brougham was not discontinued until 1992 and technically went on until 1996 as the Fleetwood. The author seemes to be fairly knowledgeable, just gets some minor things mixed up, but I don't really like reading a book where I seem to know more about the subject than the author does. I also agree that it seems a glaring omission that no models from Mercury or Thunderbirds or Lincoln Marks were included but models from AMC were?? Overall a good read if you are interested in the subject matter, but maybe better borrowed from your local library.
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If you like big cars (and I do) this book is for you. The writing keeps your interest without being particularly technical. The plot is really more along the lines of commenting on the time(s) that these large cars were manufactured so it is a quick read and the full color photos in the book are fantastic.
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In this full-color hardcover volume, Eric Peters chronicles the history, and demise, of those 9 miles-per-gallon, two-and-a-half ton, 350 horsepower, nineteen-feet long, solid steel & chrome behemoths that us "real" car guys all loved...then, and, now. It was a book that needed to be written to remind those of us who "were there" of what we went through, and what we miss. And, for future generations of Automotive Historians to use as a textbook for learning about what they really missed: a time when "Made In America" was a given for the cars we drove, and Detroit was "The Motor City".

If you ever owned a Catalina, an Electra 225, a Coupe deVille, a Galaxie 500, a Continental, an Impala, or, an Ambassador 990, you're covered. The "...Things To Know" sidebar in every section also lists some special info on the models you just read about..and that's cool.

FINALLY, I'LL JUST SAY: This is a well thought out book, written in an easy-to-read, tongue-in-cheek manner, that's honest & true. It brings back a time and place in American History that will never be again. A time when those huge battering-ram-solid 4-wheeled conveyances, with bumpers that weighed more than a new Toyota, were seen everywhere and carried the passengers within them safely, swiftly, powerfully, and cushioned them in the comfort of seats that were comparable to their own living room couches...a time that many of us would go back to in a heartbeat.
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