public's love for speed and power has inspired generations of
muscle cars. The rising popularity of street racing, stock-car
races, and quarter-mile drag races in the pre-war years led to the
formation of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing in
1947 and the National Hot Rod Association in 1951. These
organizations and the growing plethora of specialist auto magazines
(including Hot Rod and Motor Trend) stimulated America's
fascination with speed and performance. In turn, this resulted in
the development of the first production muscle cars. These powerful
models took their heritage from the street racers of earlier days,
with small bodies equipped with large and potent engines.
Illustrated Directory of Muscle Cars celebrates the complete
history of the muscle car, from its earliest inception through to
the sophisticated beasts of today. Beautifully illustrated
throughout in full color, this book includes full technical
specifications for each car featured.