In our November 2010 issue, we revealed some of our best sources for detailed automotive information. We also promised that we'd provide details on how to get these books for yourself, as well as a list of other tomes that might belong in your den. You might want to clear a couple shelves on your bookcase ...
Brief text from our magazine story precedes buying information for each category. The title of almost every book is linked to a page where you can purchase it. If the book isn't available on the publisher's site, we'll link you to amazon.com, in which case we'll list the cheapest price for a new copy offered at the time of this writing. We're not affiliated with Amazon, by the way; it just happens to be a good marketplace for old books. Some prices are listed as unavailable because both the publisher and Amazon didn't have any available on their sites, but we've tried to provide enough information for you to search further via Google. Also, some prices are in British Pounds because the publisher is British or the books aren't available on the American version of Amazon.
1. BLACK, RED, AND WHITE BOOKS
Motorbooks has published a hugely informative, pocket-size series on the most popular cars in enthusiast circles. The Black Book is about Corvettes; the Porsche 911, the Ford Mustang, and Chevy SS cars are featured in separate Red Books; and the Chevy Camaro is detailed in the White Book. Honorable mention goes to the same publisher's black-covered Ferrari: A Complete Guide to All Models, which utilizes a slightly different format but is nonetheless a great resource.
Corvette Black Book 1953-2009, by Mike Antonick, Motorbooks, $17.99
Porsche 911 Red Book 1965-2005, by Patrick Paternie, $14.95
Mustang Red Book 1964 1/2 -2004, by Peter Sessler, Motorbooks, $69.92
Chevrolet SS Muscle Car Red Book, by Peter Sessler, Motorbooks, $199.95
Camaro White Book, Motorbooks, $58.99
Ferrari: A Complete Guide to All Models, by Leonardo Acerbi, Motorbooks, $21.95