Throughout this Book Garage series, we have examined the American muscle car era, be it the history, performance, or the long-term impact on our culture. The truth is, muscle cars will always be a part of American culture; they are one of the defining elements of what it means to be an American.
It would be impossible to document life in the 1960s and 1970s and somehow omit muscle cars.
While American automakers were building muscle cars in their factories, local dealerships and visionary builders were equally as influential in cranking out their own versions. Michigan’s infamous Royal Pontiac was building their Pontiac Bobcats, Yenko Chevrolet had their gem of a Camaro, Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge was inventing the concept of a V8 Dart, and Carroll Shelby was putting the ponies in the Mustang.
The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars catalogs these amazing vehicles, along with the fabricators and designers who envisioned them and ultimately unleashed them on the American scene. The book is wonderfully illustrated, giving true justice to this memorable slice of American automotive history.
Since 1983, Tom Glatch has contributed hundreds of stories and photographs to major collectors, Corvette, Mustang, muscle car, and Mopar magazines. Tom grew up during the muscle car era, later owning a 1970 Plymouth Duster 340. Tom and his wife Kelly have contributed photographs to books by other Motorbooks authors. When not pursuing old muscle cars, he works for a Fortune 500 corporation as a data and systems analyst and developer.
Glatch is joined by David Newhardt, who has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles like Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He is one of the top automobile photographers today and superbly captures the essence of American muscle in this book.
The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars is available through Amazon and Motorbooks.
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