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
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
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)
Lamborghini Catalogue Raisonne 1963-2002, by Stefano Pasini, Automobilia, $175.00 (used)
Pininfarina Catalogue Raisonne 1930-1990, edited by Bruno Alfieri, Automobilia, $220 (used, paperback)
This series of books from Krause Publications is among the most frequently referenced in our collection. They are essentially encyclopedias of domestic and imported American-market cars and trucks, arranged by marque and model year, which contain vehicle specifications, pricing, history, photos, and more in six primary volumes. Marque- and theme-specific editions are built from the broader Catalogs.
In this article, we’ll single out only the overarching, multibrand Standard Catalogs. You can search for Standard Catalogs and Standard Guides to subjects like Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Ferrari, Muscle Cars, Volkswagen, and many others, as well as topics like Muscle Cars at the publisher’s site HERE. Better yet (since the Krause site can be daunting at best), try this search on Amazon.
Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805-1942, by Beverly Rae Kimes and Henry Austin Clark, Jr., Krause Publications, $74.99
Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1946-1975, by John Gunnell, Krause Publications, $389.00
Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1976-1999, by James Flammang, Krause Publications, $8.29
Standard Catalog of Imported Cars, by Mike Covello, Krause Publications, $7.35
Standard Catalog of American Light-Duty Trucks, by James Lenzke, Krause Publications, $74.90
Standard Catalog of 4x4s, by Robert Ackerson, Krause Publications, $27.50
AUTOMOTIVE NEWS and WARD’S
These two independent firms have each been collecting data and reporting on the auto industry since the mid-1920s and produce annual compendiums that are essential to any automotive researcher. The 100-Year Almanac, which Automotive News published in 1996, deserves a special mention.
These annual compilations of Automotive News’s Market Data Books and Ward’s Automotive Yearbooks are available to subscribers only. Subscribe to Automotive News at THIS LINK; Ward’s HERE. Also, there are some copies bouncing around on Amazon. Try searching Ward’s Automotive Yearbook or Automotive News Market Data Book.
The 100-Year Almanac wasn’t available on Amazon when we looked, but there were a couple copies on eBay starting at $9.99.
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Additional resources that help us produce Automobile Magazine every month but couldn’t fit into our November 2010 Ignition section are below. We’ll keep it simple, with links where possible or at least enough information for you to keep yourself busy on Google for a while.
Here are some other books or collections that we couldn’t live without, in no particular order:
Automobile Quarterly, a quarterly “bookazine” that’s been published since 1962. Here’s a handy index of issues if there’s a certain subject you’re looking for. Amazon is filled with AQs from the beginning up through today, and AQ’s site also has back issues.
The Automobile Quarterly Library Series and Magnificient Marques collections are also extremely well-done. Excellent titles include:
Cadillac: Standard Of The World
Packard: A History of the Motor Car and the Company
The Buick: A Complete History
General Motors, the First 75 Years of Transportation Products
Chevrolet: A History from 1911
Merrell’s Legends series is filled with gorgeous photography and concise but useful text on automotive subjects usually focusing on car design. Merrell’s car books can be found HERE. Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design includes text by our very own design editor Robert Cumberford.
BOOKS BY US
Other (automotive and nonautomotive alike) books written by our staff members and/or current contributors include:
Road Trips, Head Trips, and Other Car-Crazed Writings, by Jean (Lindamood) Jennings
Coming of Age in the Milky Way, by Timothy Ferris
Hagerty’s Cars That Matter (quarterly vintage car price guides), by Dave Kinney
Scarab: Race Log of the All-American Specials 1957-1965, by Preston Lerner
Rapid Transit Series Buses: General Motors and Beyond3, by Evan McCausland
Corvette 427 – Practical Restoration of a ’67 Roadster, by Don Sherman
In the Rings of Saturn, by Joe Sherman
AUTHORS MENTIONED IN THE PRINT STORY
Here are select titles by authors who were name-dropped in our print story. All have authored multiple books, so be sure to look for other works by the same person:
The Golden Age of the American Racing Car, by Griffith Borgeson
Porsche Racing Cars of the ’70s, by Paul Frère
Pioneers, Engineers, And Scoundrels: The Dawn Of The Automobile In America, by Beverly Rae Kimes
British Cars of the Sixties, by Doug Nye
The Essential MG, by Graham Robson
Grand Prix, 1906 -1972, by L. J. K. Setright
Some extremely informative marque- or vehicle-specific titles that we’re particularly fond of:
The Cars of Oldsmobile, by Dennis Casteele (part of the useful but ancient Crestline series)
The Stanley Steamer: America’s Legendary Steam Car, by Kit Foster
American Motors: The Last Independent, by Patrick Foster
The Complete Book of Lamborghini, by Pete Lyons
A History of Rolls Royce Motor Cars, by C. W. Morton
Jaguar E-Type: The Definitive History, by Philip Porter
The Lotus Book Series 3, by William Taylor
LET’S GO RACIN’
Racing titles fill a corner of our library, but some of our favorites for quick reference and/or riveting stories and/or interesting tidbits include:
Can-Am, by Pete Lyons
Daytona 24 Hours: The Definitive History of America’s Great Endurance Race, by J. J. O’Malley
Daytona 500: An Official History, by Bob Zeller
The Encyclopedia of Auto Racing Greats, by Robert Cutter and Bob Fendell
The Complete Book of Formula One, by Simon Arron and Mark Hughes
Indianapolis 500 Chronicle, by Rick Popely
Le Mans, by Anders Ditlev Clausager
The Cobra-Ferrari Wars 1963-1965, by Michael Shoen
The NASCAR Vault: An Official History Featuring Rare Collectibles from Motorsports Images And Archives, by H. A. Branham and Buz McKim
Sebring: The Official History of America’s Great Sports Car Race, by Ken Breslauer
Targa Florio: Seventy Epic Years of Motor Racing, by David Owen
test3Trans-Am: The Pony Car Wars 1966-1972, by Dave Friedman
The Complete Book of the World Rally Championship, by Carlos Sainz