American Muscle Supercars: Ultimate Street Performance From Shelby, Baldwin-motion, Mr. Norm And…

by David Newhardt

Motorbooks | September 30, 2008 | Hardcover

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The American muscle car began, not in the factories of the Big Three automakers, but in the garages and dealerships of a <_st13a_city><_st13a_place>Detroit subculture bent on making the hottest, highest-performance cars on the street. American Muscle Supercars tells the story of these tuner/builders and the supercars they unleashed on the American scene. It all begins with <_st13a_state><_st13a_place>Michigan’s Royal Pontiac dealership, and the souped-up Royal Pontiac Bobcats they built and sold to drag racers, starting a thrill that’s never faded. From those Royal Pontiac tuner cars to the new Boss 302 Mustang built by Steve Saleen, this gorgeously illustrated book chronicles the outsize contribution of the tuner/builder to American automotive history. <_o3a_p>

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Author-photographer David Newhardt profiles the tuner/builders who have dominated American performance--names like Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge, Nickey Chevrolet, Don Yenko, Carroll Shelby, George Hurst, and Baldwin-Motion. And he focuses on the tuners who continue to lead the way, builders such as Steve Saleen, Calloway, and SLP, whose vehicles are the fastest ever built. From the oldest of these muscle tuners, commanding top dollar at today’s classic-car auctions, to the latest attempts by Ford and Chrysler to get into the game with their SVT and SRT divisions, this book gives readers a full and fascinating look at American high-performance in its purest form.<_o3a_p>

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 10.88 × 9.25 × 0.8 in

Published: September 30, 2008

Publisher: Motorbooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760332940

ISBN - 13: 9780760332948

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American Muscle Supercars: Ultimate Street Performance From Shelby, Baldwin-motion, Mr. Norm And…

by David Newhardt

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 pages, 10.88 × 9.25 × 0.8 in

Published: September 30, 2008

Publisher: Motorbooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760332940

ISBN - 13: 9780760332948

About the Book

A photographic chronicle of the tuner/builders who made the first high-performance cars and still build the best, from the Royal Pontiac Bobcat to Steve Saleen's new Boss 302.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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Introduction

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Chapter One &ndash; Royal Pontiac &ndash; It started as an experiment&#160;

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Chapter Two &ndash; Nicky Chevrolet &ndash; Windy City Performance

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Chapter Three &ndash; Dana Chevrolet &ndash; Eighteen Months of Fun

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Chapter Four &ndash; Tasca Ford &ndash; Selling by the Car Length

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Chapter Five &ndash; Baldwin-Motion Chevrolet &ndash; Hell on Wheels

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Chapter Six &ndash; Grand Spaulding Dodge &ndash; We Can Build It For You!

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Chapter Seven &ndash; Gibb Chevrolet &ndash; Small Town, Big Car

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Chapter Eight &ndash; Berger Chevrolet &ndash; Multigenerational Performance

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Chapter Nine &ndash; Yenko Chevrolet &ndash; Welcome to Canonsburg, Home of Perry Como and Don Yenko

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Chapter Ten &ndash; Hurst &ndash; Shifters, Girls and Marketing&shy;

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Chapter Eleven &ndash; Shelby American &ndash; American Muscle, via England

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Chapter Twelve &ndash; Epilogue &ndash; Today&rsquo;s Performance

From the Publisher

The American muscle car began, not in the factories of the Big Three automakers, but in the garages and dealerships of a <_st13a_city><_st13a_place>Detroit subculture bent on making the hottest, highest-performance cars on the street. American Muscle Supercars tells the story of these tuner/builders and the supercars they unleashed on the American scene. It all begins with <_st13a_state><_st13a_place>Michigan&rsquo;s Royal Pontiac dealership, and the souped-up Royal Pontiac Bobcats they built and sold to drag racers, starting a thrill that&rsquo;s never faded. From those Royal Pontiac tuner cars to the new Boss 302 Mustang built by Steve Saleen, this gorgeously illustrated book chronicles the outsize contribution of the tuner/builder to American automotive history. <_o3a_p>

<_o3a_p>

Author-photographer David Newhardt profiles the tuner/builders who have dominated American performance--names like Mr. Norm&rsquo;s Grand Spaulding Dodge, Nickey Chevrolet, Don Yenko, Carroll Shelby, George Hurst, and Baldwin-Motion. And he focuses on the tuners who continue to lead the way, builders such as Steve Saleen, Calloway, and SLP, whose vehicles are the fastest ever built. From the oldest of these muscle tuners, commanding top dollar at today&rsquo;s classic-car auctions, to the latest attempts by Ford and Chrysler to get into the game with their SVT and SRT divisions, this book gives readers a full and fascinating look at American high-performance in its purest form.<_o3a_p>

From the Jacket

Even during the halcyon days of the muscle car boom, there was a small group of dealers and tuners for whom even the massive horsepower available from the factories was just not enough. These innovators took matters into their own hands by modifying brand new cars to produce ridiculous amounts of power. While some dabbled only in carburetor tuning and ignition timing, others went well and truly off the deep end with the installation of insane big blocks, the likes of which had never before been seen.

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Inside is the story of eleven legendary tuners who left an indelible mark on the history of the American muscle car. Included, too, are their modern-day counterparts, who continue the tradition of modifying today&rsquo;s muscle cars to ultimate levels of horsepower and tire-melting torque.

About the Author

David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America&rsquo;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

&ldquo;Well illustrated thanks to David&rsquo;s highly creative photographic talent, along with lots of thrilling vintage photos, everything you ever wanted to know about how these famous names got their start modifying and racing muscle cars is all here, and in an easy-to-read style that is highly entertaining. It&rsquo;s a must-read for all fans of muscle cars.&rdquo; &ndash; Richard Lentinello, Hemmings Classic Car