- Series: Standard Catalog
- Paperback: 976 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publ; 3 edition (December 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873417550
- ISBN-13: 978-0873417556
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Standard Catalog of American Cars 1976-1999 3rd Edition
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The reason this book is not for everyone is that this is essentially an encyclopedia. There's a section for every American automaker, and within those sections, a section for every model year. Thus you can learn what makes, say, a 1978 Chevy Impala different from the 1979 models. Or you can read about the travails of the Ford Motor Company in the late 70s and see how they dug themselves out of a rut with their products. Flammang and Kowalke have done a good job researching this book and finding telling little factoids to help illustrate where each company was at in a given year.
This book is also a boon to collectors, as it gives fairly complete production numbers. You can learn about ultra-rare body styles, option packages, and the like.
I've only got one quibble: the authors exclude any discussion of "captive imports" (cars produced by foreign manufacturers but sold with American names, like the Dodge Colt and Ford Fiesta). I can understand their rationale, but there are future collectibles among these cars, and it's been a *long* time since the Standard Guide to Imported Cars has been updated. On the whole, though, this is a good book for any hard-core auto enthusiast, and one of the best rainy-day reads I've got.
standard to an automotive history book. The information is
overwhelming, and you will find yourself glued to the book
any chance you get.It's also a great book for anyone looking
for a used domestic automobile. It lets you find the right
car, and gives you options that you can look for while
shopping for your car. This is not a book for page flippers.
But it will fill your head with a wealth of information.
Best book ever!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a great book and in perfect condition at a good price .Published 13 months ago by David Martinez
This covers the cars for an era when they did not all look alike. Very useful reference with all the data for the various models and years.Published on June 24, 2014 by Sops