For your reference: Some of the most frequently used books in our library

2. ANYTHING BY KARL LUDVIGSEN
This author of more than fifty books boasts a wide-ranging and high-quality oeuvre, from our favorite book on Chevrolet's most legendary product (Corvette: America's Star-Spangled Sports Car, from Automobile Quarterly) to a brand-new look at Lotus's founder (Colin Chapman: Inside the Innovator, from Haynes Publishing).

In this online article, we'll link to his Amazon page HERE and single out only the books that we pictured in our magazine story:

Porsche: Excellence Was Expected, by Karl Ludvigsen, Bentley Publishers, $299.95
Porsche: Excellence Was Expected, by Karl Ludvigsen, Automobile Quarterly (the original 1977 version that we pictured in our magazine story), $273.20
Corvette: America's Star-Spangled Sports Car, by Karl Ludvigsen, Automobile Quarterly, $167.34
Battle for the Beetle, by Karl Ludvigsen, Bentley Publishers, $39.95
BRM V16, by Karl Ludvigsen, Veloce Publishing, £17.99
Colin Chapman: Inside the Innovator, by Karl Ludvigsen, Haynes Publishing, £35.00
Mercedes-Benz Quicksilver Century, by Karl Ludvigsen, Transport Bookman Publications, £49.99 (used)

3. THE BEAULIEU ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE AUTOMOBILE
This two-volume set focuses on the histories of brands and companies rather than details about specific models. The British publication is full of obscure facts and includes large photographs of significant vehicles and miniature biographies on the people who created them.

THE BEAULIEU ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE AUTOMOBILE, edited by Nick Georgano, The Stationery Office, £195.00

4. CATALOGUE RAISONNÉS
Our library includes nine sets of Italian publisher Automobilia's detailed histories on Italy's carmakers and design houses, from Abarth to Pininfarina. It's very easy to get sidetracked in these thorough, trilingual (Italian, English, and French) works.

Abarth Catalogue Raisonne 1949-1986, edited by Carlo Felice Zampini Salazar, Automobilia, £129.99 (used)

Alfa Romeo Catalogue Raisonne 1910-1982; edited by Sergio Puttini, Paolo Altieri, and Giovanni Lurani; Automobilia; $499.00

Cisitalia 1945-1965, by Nino Balestra and Cesare De Agostini, Automobilia, price unavailable (none for sale)

Giugiaro Catalogue Raisonne 1959-1987, edited by Bruno Alfieri, Automobilia, price unavailable (none for sale)

Ferrari Catalogue Raisonne 1946-1990, edited by Augusto Costantino, Automobilia, $400.00 (used)

LANCIA CATALOGUE RAISONNE 1907-1983, edited by Ferruccio Bernabò and Alfio Manganaro, Automobilia, $250.00 (used, paperback)

Lamborghini Catalogue Raisonne 1963-2002, by Stefano Pasini, Automobilia, $175.00 (used)

Maserati Catalogue Raisonné 1926-1990, edited by Gianni Cancellieri, Automobilia, $269.06 (used, paperback)

Pininfarina Catalogue Raisonne 1930-1990, edited by Bruno Alfieri, Automobilia, $220 (used, paperback)

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