The Art Of The Muscle Car: Collector's Edition

by David Newhardt
Photographed by Peter Harholdt
Foreword by Brock Yates

Motorbooks | May 19, 2013 | Hardcover

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"Just what is a Muscle Car?" Road Test magazine asked in June 1967. The answer: "Exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder's philosophy of taking a small car and putting a BIG engine in it. . . . The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of the 98 horsepower weakling." Unconcerned with such trivial details as comfort and handling, the vintage American muscle car was built for straight-line speed and quickly became the ride of choice for power-hungry racers and serious gearheads. In a country where performance was measured in brute force, a quarter mile at a time, the muscle car was the perfect machine.
In the intervening years, these down-and-dirty, high-performing beauties have earned their place in the automotive pantheon. As prized by collectors and aficionados as they are by denizens of garages and drag strips, classic muscle cars now fetch upwards of a million dollars at auctions and feature in any story of America's automotive glory days. The icons of muscle car art-including Camaro and Chevelle SS, the Hemi and 440-6 'Cuda, Challenger, Roadrunner, Super Bee, GTX, Super Bird, Daytona Charger, Super Cobra Jet and Boss Mustang, Talladega Torino, Buick GSX and W30 Oldsmobile 442, and AMX Javelin-are all here, on full display in this lavishly illustrated volume, each described in a detailed essay followed by a gallery of portraits and special gatefold presentations that capture the art of the muscle car at its finest.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 10.63 × 12.2 × 1.18 in

Published: May 19, 2013

Publisher: Motorbooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760344213

ISBN - 13: 9780760344217

Found in: Reference and Language

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The Art Of The Muscle Car: Collector's Edition

The Art Of The Muscle Car: Collector's Edition

by David Newhardt
Photographed by Peter Harholdt
Foreword by Brock Yates

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 10.63 × 12.2 × 1.18 in

Published: May 19, 2013

Publisher: Motorbooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760344213

ISBN - 13: 9780760344217

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brock Yates Part 1: The Innocent Years Chapter 1: 1964 Pontiac GTO Chapter 2: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z16 Chapter 3: 1965 Pontiac GTO Chapter 4: 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Chapter 5: 1966 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Convertible Chapter 6: 1967 Dodge Charger Hemi Chapter 7: 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible Chapter 8: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Chapter 9: 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR Convertible Part 2: The Excessive Years Chapter 10: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO #9561 427/425 Chapter 11: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Chapter 12: 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396 Chapter 13: 1969 Charger 500 Chapter 14: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Chapter 15: 1969 Dodge Super Bee Chapter 16: 1969 Ford Mustang GT 428 SCJ Chapter 17: 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible Chapter 18: 1969 Torino Talladega Chapter 19: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II Cale Yarborough Special Chapter 20: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler Dan Gurney Edition Chapter 21: 1970 AMC AMX Chapter 22: 1970 Buick Gran Sport GSX Chapter 23: 1970 1/2 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS Chapter 24: 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Chapter 25: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible Chapter 26: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Chapter 27: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440-6 Chapter 28: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Chapter 29: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Chapter 30: 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 Convertible Chapter 31: 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda Convertible 440 Chapter 32: 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda Chapter 33: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Chapter 34: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Chapt
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From the Publisher

"Just what is a Muscle Car?" Road Test magazine asked in June 1967. The answer: "Exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder's philosophy of taking a small car and putting a BIG engine in it. . . . The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of the 98 horsepower weakling." Unconcerned with such trivial details as comfort and handling, the vintage American muscle car was built for straight-line speed and quickly became the ride of choice for power-hungry racers and serious gearheads. In a country where performance was measured in brute force, a quarter mile at a time, the muscle car was the perfect machine.
In the intervening years, these down-and-dirty, high-performing beauties have earned their place in the automotive pantheon. As prized by collectors and aficionados as they are by denizens of garages and drag strips, classic muscle cars now fetch upwards of a million dollars at auctions and feature in any story of America's automotive glory days. The icons of muscle car art-including Camaro and Chevelle SS, the Hemi and 440-6 'Cuda, Challenger, Roadrunner, Super Bee, GTX, Super Bird, Daytona Charger, Super Cobra Jet and Boss Mustang, Talladega Torino, Buick GSX and W30 Oldsmobile 442, and AMX Javelin-are all here, on full display in this lavishly illustrated volume, each described in a detailed essay followed by a gallery of portraits and special gatefold presentations that capture the art of the muscle car at its finest.

About the Author

Peter Harholdt (St. Petersburg, Florida) is a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer. He has been trusted to photograph countless priceless works of art for museums and exhibit catalogs. He first developed his portable studio to create the stunning hot rod portraits featured in Motorbooks' Art of the Hot Rod.

Official Website: www.peterharholdt.com

David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He lives in Walworth, Wisconsin.

Editorial Reviews

"The art in "The Art of the Muscle Car" is Peter Harholdt's beautiful photography, showcasing 47 prime specimens of Detroit iron. Mr. Harholdt's technique, shooting mostly profiles against a black backdrop, portrays the cars as a kind of rolling Pop Art. Detail images of the cars' hood scoops, wheels, wings, badges and graphics reinforce that theme, as do the reprints of vintage ads and magazine covers." - The New York Times 
"David Newhardt, with an assist from photographer Peter Harholdt, has repeated his highly successful formula of automotive history incorporating premium-quality paper and incredibly vivid images. This huge, 240-page hardcover book profiles 47 seminal muscle cars, beginning with the 1964 Pontiac GTO and ranging on to another Pontiac, the 1974 Trans Am Super Duty 455. Each car gets a treatment of about a half-dozen huge 10 x 12-inch pages, with detail photos and period advertising. Numerous studio-quality images spill across two-page spreads and several of the stars herein are treated to lavish foldouts." - Hemmings Muscle Machines
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