Best Car Books for Car Lovers – The Must Have List to Start Your Collection
Who doesn’t love books? Even petrolheads happen to love books. In fact, books about cars will make a great gift for gearheads out there because they have incredible pictures of cars that they always dream about. However, there are so many car books out there that it has become really hard to pick which one is a good read. To help you guys out, we decided to pick the best car books that every car guys must read or add to their collection.
From large coffee table books that will wow your guests with their awesome car imagery and heft to deep dives into automotive history by finding books about some of the most iconic fans we really do have every car guy covered.
Don’t worry motorsports fans (or spouses buying gifts for motorsports fans), we managed to find some great books there too. From the Ford and Ferrari battle for Le Mans glory to a rundown of every Formula 1 season since 1950, serious race fans won’t be let down by this list of the best car books.
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The Supercar Book for Boys is a tour de force of the fastest, the most powerful and the most drop-dead gorgeous vehicles in supercar history. Jam-packed with almost 200 full-colour photographs, awe-inspiring statistics and exclusive interviews with supercar experts, and featuring every landmark star of the genre, this book is the ultimate guide for every supercar fanatic.Buy on Amazon
An exhaustive review of six generations of American high performance, from the first 6-cylinder ’Vette of 1953 through today’s fire-breathing, world-beating C6, The Complete Book of Corvette offers an in-depth look at the prototypes and experimental models, the anniversary and pace cars, and the specialty packages for street and competition driving that have made the Corvette a living automotive legend for more than half a century. With extensive details, specs, and photographic coverage, this book is the ultimate resource on America’s sports car. Officially licensed with Chevrolet and including many never-before-published photographs from the carmaker’s archives. For those who want to know everything about Corvette’s, we also recommend the awesome CorvSport Corvette website that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about every Corvette model and specs.Buy on Amazon
Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.Buy on Amazon
This book tells the the inside story of the DeLorean saga written by a senior manager who worked with the company from beginning to end and saw it all. The short life of the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car – a vision of the future with its gullwing doors and stainless steel body – began after John DeLorean secured financial backing from the British government for his car-making venture in Northern Ireland. Four years and nearly 9,000 cars later the company went bust and DeLorean faced questions about fraud against the British taxpayer, and his big ally, Colin Chapman of Lotus, also drew scrutiny. As an insider’s account, this book contains a great deal of new information about the DeLorean scandal.Buy on Amazon
This remarkable book, unlike anything previously published, has been meticulously researched and written to capture the character and essence of every one of the 858 World Championship races held since the beginning of Formula 1 in 1950. Each entry highlights the key events of each individual Grand Prix – from qualifying through to the final outcome – as well as spotlighting those incidental happenings so unique to F1 that influenced a race or an unfolding championship battle. Nothing is missed. Every significant happening is recorded and for this updated edition the races of the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship have been added and statistics updated accordingly.Buy on Amazon
For Form Follows Function: The Art of the Supercar, renowned automotive photographer James Mann brings 20 of the world’s most beautiful and desirable supercars into the studio. Removed from their ordinary environment and shot on black backgrounds, the photographer’s lens reveals not just the engineering brilliance of these cars, but also the inherent beauty in their form and details. Classic and new models from the world’s most famous marques, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Maserati, Aston Martin, and others will be featured. With historical and technical profiles by Stuart Codling and commentary from famed automotive designer Frank Stephenson, Form Follows Function: The Art of the Supercar is a must-have for any automotive enthusiast’s library.Buy on Amazon
Stimulating, informative, provocative, and witty, Drive On! charts the international history of the car, decade by decade, examining how cars have adapted as a result of what society has demanded of them. While some chapters are devoted to quirky topics like “Where to Stop” and “What to Wear,” others look at the technological changes of the last century, from wooden wheels to computer control. Along the way, L.J.K. Setright, who is considered one of the world’s foremost and most forthright writers on the subject, offers fascinating divagations on everything from the origins of the word “dashboard” to the maximum speed of a raindrop.Buy on Amazon
The Ferrari Book
In this book, famed auto photog and artist Gunther Raupp does more than just provide a slew of red hot Ferrari photos — he makes a true collector’s item for Ferraristi and car lovers everywhere and reinforces the reason why he’s been the official Ferrari calendar shutterbug since 1984. His use of photo effects and backlighting showcase both timeless and modern Ferrari designs in a truly captivating coffee table book.Buy on Amazon
Porsche – Origin of the Species is the latest Porsche heritage book by renowned automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen. Within Jerry Seinfeld s renowned Porsche collection resides an unassuming yet extraordinary piece of Porsche history: Porsche Gmund coupe 356/2-040. Captured exclusively for this book in a series of evocative portraits by acclaimed automotive photographer Michael Furman, 040’s unsullied originality conveys with startling immediacy the combination of artistry, innovation and determination that went into its improbable creation. This cornerstone of the Seinfeld collection serves as the inspiration for Porsche – Origin of the Species, an in-depth exploration by the eminent automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen into the specific influences and circumstances that brought forth the first Porsche-badged sports cars.Buy on Amazon
In Mustang: Fifty Years, acclaimed Mustang writer Donald Farr celebrates this unbroken lineage of muscle: its phenomenal first-year sales, the new “pony car” genre it pioneered, and subsequent models that include the Mustang GT, Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500, Super Cobra Jet, Boss 302 and Boss 429?”all part of a line of American performance cars that continues on to this day. With 400 photos of the USA’s iconic sports car and released in tandem with the Mustang’s 50th anniversary, Mustang: Fifty Years is a must on the bookshelf of any gearhead or Ford aficionado.Buy on Amazon
This beautifully illustrated book describes every step of the journey, with references to cinema, technology, design, and the work of the men who made their fortune from the brand. A large-format volume with 200 striking color images, brilliantly evoking a surprising combination of tradition and innovation for all those who are interested in design, technology, material culture, communication and, of course, the classic qualities of Italian manufacture at its best.Buy on Amazon
With 304 pages and 250 stunning color photographs shot by automotive photographer René Staud, the book covers the history of the iconic sports car from its origins in 1963 to the current 991 version. It’s the perfect post-Christmas gift to yourself — this chilly winter weather can be filled with quiet times by the fire, a glass of single malt and the enjoyment of rifling through page after page of fine automotive porn.Buy on Amazon
Porsche’s fabled 911 represents the ultimate expression of Ferdinand Porsche’s original vision of the perfect sports car. In The Complete Book of Porsche 911, author and photographer Randy Leffingwell provides a year-by-year overview of Stuttgart’s most famous car, from the original 901 prototype to today’s technologically advanced GT2 and GT3 derivatives. Along the way, he highlights the racing, prototype, and limited-production cars–offering the most complete reference available to these top-tier sports cars.Buy on Amazon
In Porsche 911: 50 Years, bestselling author Randy Leffingwell celebrates a half-century of one of the world’s premiere sports cars, focusing on the major themes that have defined Porsche’s rear-engined wonder. Randy tells the whole story–design and development, racing and competition, engineering and technology, style and culture. All the iconic 911 models are included: the original 901 prototype that set the standard; the legendary RS models that made the little Porsche a dominant force on the world’s racetracks; the infamous Turbo, the car that kept the performance flame alight during the dark, dismal decade of the 1970s; the fabled 959, the model that redefined the term “sports car”; the 993, last of the original air-cooled models; and the 996, 997, and 991, the liquid-cooled cars that brought the 911 into a new millennium.Buy on Amazon
These are the cars so fast and powerful, so superior in design and performance, that they could only be called supercars. Since legendary British motor journalist L. J. K. Setright christened the first, the Lamborghini Miura, in a review, others have followed from the finest automakers in the world: Bugatti, Porsche, McLaren, Maserati, Ferrari, Koenigsegg. And these are the supercars profiled in this book, with over 200 color photographs, detailed descriptions, performance specs, and curious facts about each. From historic classic cars to the latest breakthroughs in design and technology, this exhilarating survey of the supercar should thrill any high-performance auto enthusiast.Buy on Amazon
Supercars are the stuff of childhood dreams, the perfect blend of power and beauty. A book made by the experts at evo magazine shows us the 100 greatest supercars ever built, from the red-blooded Ferraris of the 1960s to the technical prowess of the very latest McLarens, all accompanied by jaw-dropping photography from the world-renowned evo photographers and key performance stats.Buy on Amazon
The allure of beautiful and rare cars is timeless, since the dawn of the automotive age people have aspired to own and drive the fastest, the coolest, and the most expensive cars. Million Dollar Classics-The World’s Most Expensive Cars is a lavish photographic collection of some of the most sought after models that have been made available for auction in recent years.
All of the cars featured in this elegant book attained auction prices upwards of $1,000,000, making them the most desired cars in the world, as well as the most expensive. Captured on camera by specialist automobile photographer Simon Clay, the stunning images in this book are accompanied by an informative text that gives the reader the specs, history and other fascinating details of these dream vehicles. This book is perfect for any automobile lover, or collector and includes vehicles created by Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Aston Martin.Buy on Amazon
Fifty Cars That Changed the World focuses on the modern era’s most important mode of transportation: the automobile. From the 1908 Ford Model T, through mid-century masterpieces like the 1957 Lotus Elite, to the 1998 Smart Car, the fifty entries explore each car’s iconic status in design history.Buy on Amazon
This unique bible of motoring coolness recounts the stories behind history’s greatest cars, from prewar vintage motors to the supercars of the future, pairing stunning Top Gear photography and rarely seen archive photographs with expert commentary. It breaks down the technology behind these incredible machines and places each car in the context of its time, with anecdotes and analysis that explain just what’s so cool about each one. From the quintessential British luxury of the Bentley Brooklands to the Italian sex appeal of the Bizzarini Strada, the old Hollywood glamour of the Chrysler Airflow to the futuristic lines of the Aston Martin Bulldog via Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang and James Dean’s doomed Porsche Spyder, this is social history as much as car worship. This is the evolution of cool, Top Gear-style; the definitive guide to the undisputed coolest cars on the planet.Buy on Amazon
A comprehensive and compact guide to the world’s best cars, Cool Cars features more than a hundred classic cars, from the Bentley R-Type Continental and the Buick Roadmaster to the Datsun 240Z and the Lamborghini Countach.
Stunning multi-angle photography reveals the true craftsmanship and beauty of these classic cars, while the text pays tribute to each vehicle and explains why it’s destined to be a classic. Cool Cars is a must-have gift for motor enthusiasts everywhere.
Sports cars make up one of the most beloved automotive genres for car fans. From towering icons like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Corvette to every man sportsters from Triumph, MG, Sunbeam, and Miata to oddballs like Crosley, Sabra, and DB, sports cars inspire passion and strong opinions as few other vehicles on the road could. This book, 365 Sports Cars You Must Drive, provides capsule overviews and fun facts about the greatest, oddest, most beautiful, and most ill-considered sports cars of all time. How many have you driven, dreamed about, or shuddered at the thought of?Buy on Amazon
A globe-spanning tour of the very pinnacle of automotive design from the experts at Top Gear, including 3D photography (and the requisite snazzy specs). Whether it’s through raw power, elegant curves, or just an eye-watering price tag, there are a small number of cars that mark the pinnacle of automotive design—and now the experts at Top Gear have chosen the very best of them. This book is a celebration of the cars that achieve that perfect blend of art and engineering. From the supercar muscle of the Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari to the technological prowess of the Nissan DeltaWing and the mighty McLaren P1, stunning visuals, including jaw-dropping 3D photography, take gearheads on a whistlestop tour of the latest and greatest automotive creations on the planet today.Buy on Amazon
Written by two renowned motoring journalists, The A-Z of Cars takes a comprehensive look at the world’s most celebrated automobiles—and this revised edition features 16 more pages than before! It showcases over 400 vehicles, ranging from sleek sports cars (Aston Martin DB7) to cult favorites like the Volkswagen Beetle and Austin Mini. All the great carmakers past and present are included, along with in-depth technical specifications and striking photographs. These are the vehicles that fill true enthusiasts’ dreams—and this is the essential reference for auto fanatics.Buy on Amazon
The world’s fastest racecars. Extreme and one-off autos. Hypercars at the cutting edge of technology. Kids can’t get enough motor action, and this great nonfiction book is just crammed with facts, stats, and full-page images of the most amazing automobiles on Earth—and beyond. From the Lunar Roving Vehicle, the first car on the Moon, to Bloodhound SSC, which may become the first car to exceed 1,000 mph, it’s all here in thrilling detail!Buy on Amazon
Detailing more than one hundred classic cars with close-up gallery photographs, this book shows the comprehensive history highlights of each model’s production figures, competition successes, mechanical and body modifications, and more. 50,000 first printing.Buy on Amazon
For the petrolheads at Top Gear Magazine, car photography is about more than just a car on a stretch of tarmac. It’s about ultimate escapism. For Top Gear, a truly great photograph should instantly transport you to the location and behind the wheel, delivering the speed, power, and atmosphere of the moment in one shot. In this collection of the magazine’s finest car photography, readers can get up close and personal with the hottest cars of recent years in some of the most stunning locations. They will see the world reflected in gleaming bodywork, raindrops on windscreens at 90 mph, and the blur of wheels against a backdrop of epic vistas. This is the perfect coupling of automotive masterpieces of design and world-class photography.Buy on Amazon Buy Now
Extreme Cars is a hard-driving showcase of automotive achievements and oddities, geared for anyone who has ever lusted after a Ferrari Lusso, pined for the debut of the flying car, or wondered just what was so great about the Ford Model T. You’ll go behind the wheel with some of the most famous and infamous personalities in the automotive world, from the Sultan of Brunei, with his stable of Rolls Royces, Jaguars, and Lamborghinis, to a dedicated Volvo owner who has driven more than two million miles in his beloved machine.Buy on Amazon
The Best Car Book in The World: Exploring the World’s Most Expensive Cars, The World’s Rarest Cars, and Cars of the Future
Unreal Autos opens a door into the world of the rich, the glamorous, the sublime and the ridiculous, and takes you on a rubber-burning journey through the milestones of automotive greatness. in this beautifully illustrated . Prepare to be amazed as you get close up with the supercar, the pioneer, the concept car and the ultra-expensive. Driving is changing, technology is striding forward, and challenges lie on the horizon, but we haven’t lost our love for the motorcar, or for the sheer thrill and adventure of the experience. So fasten your seatbelts and feast your eyes on this full-colour guide to the world’s top motors, past, present and future – and don’t forget to check your wing mirrors. It’s time for some very beautiful and very unreal autos.Buy on Amazon
Tracing the history of the automobile, from the first prototypes to the super cars of today, Car covers the technological developments and manufacture of cars, the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose, and the enduring impact the car has had on society as an object of curiosity, symbol of luxury, and item of necessity.
The most lavishly illustrated treatment of the subject on the market, featuring the most noteworthy cars of each decade in beautifully photographed catalogs, Car is truly an international view of the automobile through time, with histories of the men and machines that created brands which are now household names.
More than 200 stunning color photographs define and detail the remarkable styling and revolutionary mechanical engineering for 100 greatest cars ever built. Adler, in accordance with the world’s leading automotive dseigners, collectors, and authorities, picks the top ten cars of all time–breathtaking cars that have become the motoring icons of the twentieth century. The Art of the Automobile reveals not only the makes and models that have left an indelible mark on the motoring world, but why and how these specific cars have become so important to the history of the automobile itself. For anyone whose pulse quickens at the sound of a Ferrari V-12, or whose heart races at the sight of a glorious 1930s Duesenberg, here, truly, is the essential car book of the century.Buy on Amazon
Bugatti Veyron: A Quest for Perfection discovers and unravels the enigma that is this remarkable car. For the first time, Bugatti has allowed access to the Veyron’s chief engineer, designers, test drivers, archivists, the Bugatti factory, photographers, and the president of Bugatti himself.Buy on Amazon
Immerse yourself in this complete guide on Lamborghini’s ultimate performance cars. Each one is an ultimate car. Many were collector vehicles from the moment they rolled off the production line. Beneath their stunning bodywork lie chassis and powerplants bristling with the best technology of their respective eras. Lamborghini’s latest supercars zip from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds and hit top speeds in excess of 220 miles per hour. Their prices are equally staggering. Lamborghini Supercars 50 Years is devoted exclusively to all of Lamborghini’s ultimate performance cars. No enthusiast of these world-class sports cars will want to miss it!Buy on Amazon
This landmark book is the result of numerous interviews with many of the greatest names in Ferrari history over a number of decades, and is loaded with stories and photos never before seen in print. While most everyone thinks the Ferrari supercar/hypercar began with the 288 GTO, the first such model was the mighty 375 MM in the 1950s. Atmospheric art and flowing insightful text brilliantly weave through the subsequent decades, taking the reader behind the scenes into the factory, design studios, auto shows, and on to the road and track, all the way up to today’s mind-boggling $1.5 million 950 horsepower LaFerrari.
Richly illustrated on lustrous glossy paper with evocative period imagery and stunning contemporary photography of the cars, the factory, design studios and the creators, this book is part art, part thriller, and all history. This insightful, approachable treatise will appeal to every auto enthusiast and Ferrari fan.Buy on Amazon
A new edition with updates to spring 2015, FERRARI ALL THE CARS A COMPLETE GUIDE: FROM 1947 TO THE PRESENT includes over 200 designs by illustrator Giorgio Alisi, and covers the history of the Prancing Horse model-by-model, from its origins to the present day, with current production cars. In this ‘virtual gallery’ the entire production of Ferrari appears in chronological order, sub-divided into grand tourers, sports racers and Formula 1 single-seaters. Each design is supported by a technical specification and text that illustrates the main technical and sporting characteristics. This new, updated edition includes a list of Maranello’s cars, enriched by the 458 Italia Speciale and LaFerrari – cars that made their debut in 2013 to be joined by the California T (2014), the car that brought back the turbocharger, just like the F14 T with which Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are competing for the Formula 1 World Championship.Buy on Amazon
The Book of the Ferrari 288 GTO – the complete story of this iconic car, featuring a Foreword by engineer Nicola Materazzi, and 400 photos including stunning colour images and original production and homologation documents. Covering the background, conception, design, production and aftermath of the Ferrari 288 GTO, this book details the prototypes, early production cars, mainstream production cars in their various guises, and the Evolution cars, originally built for Group B racing.Buy on Amazon
A beautifully illustrated book that takes the reader through each Lamborghini production model and some of the most significant concept cars. It presents a thorough base for anyone who wishes to understand more about the history and depth of the company, and how the model line developed and evolved.Buy on Amazon
In 2017, the luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari, which has captivated generations from all over the world with its cars of timeless elegance, celebrates its seventy-year anniversary. For this occasion, Formula 1 photographer Rainer Schlegelmilch has captured, and added, the company’s most recent models in all their glory, for this new and revised edition of this reference title on Ferrari. This beautifully illustrated book, with detailed text, traces 135 models and outlines the amazing and faschinating evolution of the brand Ferrari, from the earliest sports cars to the most recent luxury vehicles.Buy on Amazon
The Ferrari Phenomenon offers an innovative, wide-ranging perspective on the world’s most iconic car manufacturer. It covers everything from little-known details fo Enzo Ferrari’s life to unexpected facts about one-off cars, historic races, and famous Ferrari owners. There’s also a virtual tour of the Ferrari factory, and even tips on what to see when you visit Maranello. To capture all of this variety and detail, Motor Trend editor and best-selling author Matt Stone joined forces with Ferrari insider Luca Dal Monte, the former heat of Ferrari’s North American press office. Together their research and interviews bring intribuing stories to light, taking the treader behind the scenes, and providing even knowledgeable Ferrari aficionados with facts and insights they haven’t encountered before. With its fresh take and new information, The Ferrari Phenomenon is both fascinating and indispensable to every fan of the Prancing Horse.Buy on Amazon
Two books in one make this a double delight for car fans! Open this lavish, oversize volume and you’ll find two bound-in books: one covers the history and the main stages in the evolution of the legendary Ferrari brand. The other features incredible four-panel, foldout pages presenting 40 of the most emblematic Ferraris of all time. Incredibly rendered, these high-definition images show every last detail of the selected models, which include the 250 GTO (1962), the 275 GTB (1964), 330 P3 (1966), F355 Berlinetta (1994), the 430 Scuderia (2007), and the P540 SuperFast Aperta (2009). Tables contain all the cars’ main specifications. It’s an irresistible journey through roaring engines, luxury, and fascinating facts.Buy on Amazon
Originally published in 2013 to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary, this stunning photographic tribute to an iconic brand is now available in an attractive, small format edition. In the century since it was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin on January 13, 1913, Aston Martin has created classic cars that range from the Le Mans-winning DB2 to 2013’s Vanquish. As in his bestselling books on the Mercedes 300 SL and the Porsche 911, Rene Staud transforms automobile photography into a sensual experience and The Aston Martin Book allows readers to absorb the aura of a true British classic.Buy on Amazon
“Great care”, writes Ralph Stein, “have one thing in common: they all feel alive when you drive them”. This vitality, excitement, and aliveness are at the heart of the book. Ralph Stein has here narrowed the wide world of automobiles to the twenty-five greatest marques ever built: Alfa, Bugatti, Mercedes, Rolls, Vauxhall, Invicta, Mercer, Hispano-Suiza, Duesenberg, Ferrari, Lanchester, Talbot-Lago, Simplex, MG, Lancia, Aston Martin, Delage, Stutz, Frazer Nash, Jaguar, Lincoln, Isotta-Fraschini, Cord, Packard, and Bentley. Stein has caught the unique essence of their appeal to eye and ear – and Tom Burnside has preserved it in unique photographs. thirty-five years of close attention to excellence in automobiles have given Ralph Stein a formidable expertise which is happily laced with warm affection, pure enthusiasm, and a saving humor. The book explains, in stylish prose and with total recall, his choice of the twenty-five marques deserving the accolade of truly great. The selections are superbly illustrated by Tom Burnside portraits of collector’s items photographed on location in the United States and Europe. Together Stein and Burnside have created a book which should have a place on every automobile enthusiast’s shelf.Buy on Amazon
For more than 60 years, Porsche has been a legend in the automobile industry. Journalist Peter Ruch traces the history of the innovative company, from its origins and prewar years through the creation of its greatest vehicles, including the famous 356, iconic 911, and 917 racecar. Porsche: The Story of a German Legend is a remarkable collection of photos, and information from the Porsche Museum, makes this an auto lover’s dream book.Buy on Amazon
Porsche Boxster and Cayman follows the design and development of this mid-engined sports car and coupe family, from their origins in the company’s concerted racing activities in the 1950s and 1960s, to the drawing board, launch and systematic evolution through successive model ranges from 1996 to 2016. There are detailed profiles and evaluation of all Boxster and Cayman derivatives, including 986, 987, 981 and 718. Specifications of the various models are given including entry-level, S, GTS and GT-4. The special Limited Editions, such as the 550 Spyder 40th Anniversary models are also included. The book covers some of the author’s international driving experiences at the wheel of Boxster and Cayman including the Bilster Berg race circuit and Tour Auto. There is also an intriguing interview with successful racer Rebecca Jackson, who describes the techniques of Boxster racing and demonstrates the versatility of this best-handling of all Porsche sports cars.Buy on Amazon
In THE LIMIT, Michael Cannell tells the enthralling story of Phil Hill-a lowly California mechanic who would become the first American-born driver to win the Grand Prix-and, on the fiftieth anniversary of his triumph, brings to life a vanished world of glamour, valor, and daring.Buy on Amazon
What self-respecting gear-head doesn’t go weak at the knees upon hearing the names Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, and Lamborghini? While they may never get behind the wheel of the real thing, this exciting new book dedicated to supercars — and the power, romance, freedom, and speed that they inspire — comes close. This book pays homage to the masterpieces of design and engineering that dominate the fantasies of car lovers around the world. It profiles 75 of the most famous and coveted vehicles from Europe, Japan and America, providing a unique and exciting glimpse at these glorious machines. Detailed coverage of all the most famous marques, past and present, including Lotus, Jaguar, Corvette, Mercedes and others are included.Buy on Amazon
No other American car carries the mystique of the Corvette, and early in 1997, General Motors unveiled the stunning fifth-generation Corvette to universal acclaim. But GM’s triumph was hard-won — the legendary sports car had nearly fallen victim to internal company politics and a squeeze on profits. In this candid and compelling book, journalist James Schefter reveals the inside story of the people who saved and reinvented the Corvette, from the drawing board to the assembly line. For eight years, Schefter enjoyed unprecedented access to every part of GM, including areas off-limits to many company vice presidents. A true insider, he observed the new Corvette’s odyssey from sketch to clay model to prototype to production vehicle. He accompanied test drivers across scorching deserts and snow-packed mountains. And he came to know the fiercely dedicated team of designers, engineers, and executives who fought and achieved their dream: a new Corvette that is better conceived, better built, and less expensive than its predecessors. The Corvette’s odyssey to reclaim its glory is a thrilling testament to the endurance of American spirit and is all told in this wonderful book.Buy on Amazon
Jeremy Clarkson gets under the bonnet in Clarkson on Cars, a collection of his motoring journalism. Jeremy Clarkson has been driving cars, writing about them, and occasionally voicing his opinions on the BBC’s Top Gear for 20 years. No one in the business is taller. In this collection of classic Clarkson, stretching back to the mid-1980s, he’s pulled together the car columns and stories with which he made his name. As coal mines closed and house prices exploded to a soundtrack of men in make-up playing synthesizers, Jeremy was already waxing lyrical on topics as useful and diverse as the perils of bicycle ownership, why Australians—not Brits—need bull bars, why soon only geriatrics will be driving BMWs, the difficultly of deciding on the best car for your wedding, why Jesus’s dad would have owned a Nissan Bluebird, and why it is that bus lanes cause traffic jams. Irreverent, damn funny, and offensive to almost everyone, this is writing with its foot to the floor, the brake lines cut, and the speed limit smashed to smithereens. Sit back and enjoy the ride.Buy on Amazon
In 1974, Mark Donohue took a year off from driving at the height of his racing career to write “The Unfair Advantage,” a candid and revealing book about his journey through the world of auto racing — from amateur SCCA races in his own ’57 Corvette to winning the Indy 500 in Roger Penske’s McLaren M16. This new edition contains over 60 additional photographs and comments from people who worked and raced with Donohue during the 1960s and early 1970s.Buy on Amazon
This history of the McLaren F1 explains how the McLaren Cars’ team pursued their quest for perfection to create the fastest road car in the world – setting the record at 240.1mph in 1998. The book has been created with the full support and involvement of McLaren Cars.Buy on Amazon
Introducing legendary stars of the thrilling world of the automobile. In Behind the Wheel, Robert Puyal presents eighty idols of the automobile world, including pioneers of the automotive industry, champion racing drivers, superstar car aficionados, and celebrated fictional characters.Buy on Amazon
Bonhams is the world’s go-to source for classic race and sports cars. In this book, the auction house presents a selection of the most breathtaking models and tells their stories. It might only take a slight turn of the ignition, but firing up classica cars also makes great moments in automobile history come to life. Every page of Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! gives the reader a sense of the intensity of true automobile culture. Large-format images showcase sleek shapes and tactile vintage interiors in loving detail. The book was compiled by Jared Zaugg, a man who founded one of the coolest high-end motorcycle events in the world, the Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d’Elegance. Although Zaugg has mostly been associated with two-wheelers, in Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! he revels in his second passion–double the number of wheels and double the fun! In cooperation with Bonhams, the largest auction house for classic cars, Jared Zaugg reveals the undeniable icons of the scene. The book features a selection of models that go far beyond mere technical stats and gleaming chrome. Rather, they all offer somthing far more valuable: unique stories.Buy on Amazon
It is the dream of many to own the world’s most beautifully designed automobiles, but most often only a handful of collectors ever come close. Now, The Impossible COLLECTION of Cars makes that dream come true, showcasing the 100 most exceptional cars of the twentieth century. Each luxury automobile from the 1909 Blitzen Benz to a 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S was chosen for its revolutionary design, magnificent lines, and head-turning capabilities. The book also features cars owned by celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Pablo Picasso, and Elvis Presley. This Impossible COLLECTION volume is presented on cotton paper in a beautiful black rubber clamshell box with a cutout metal plate.Buy on Amazon
Starting in the late 1960s but especially in the 70s, the most innovative Italian coachbuilders, from Bertone to Pininfarina, followed a radical design path. With fantastical wedge-shaped speedsters, their goal was nothing less than reimagining the car. Many of their ideas–as reflected in the concept vehicles in this book–ended up on the scrap heap of design history, while other concepts have remained influential up to the present. Rainer W. Schlegelmilch, best known for his spectacular Formula 1 photography, captured all of this 70s explosion of automotive creativity with his unique photographic eye and put it in one book. With his artful staging, the angular concept car silhouettes took on the curvy and alluring forms of models. Through these futuristic design concepts from the 70s, we get even closer to the spirit of that decade–one that continues to hold us in its thrall.Buy on Amazon
What is innovation? The dictionary defines it as “renewal through the use of new processes and technologies.” In advertising, everything is an innovation. But what is truly innovative? Since 1930, the Pininfarina design firm of Turin, Italy, has been answering that question. This is where the Cistalia 202 was developed, the first vehicle to be added to MoMA’s permanent collection. The list goes on: the interior of the new stadium for Juventus Turin, the Nash Healey Spider seen in Billy Wilder’s Sabrina, and the legendary Ferrari Dino 246 and Ferrari Testarossa. However, Pininfarina is not resting on its laurels, but blasting full speed ahead into the future with an expanded portfolio while honoring its heritage. Whether it’s a solution for sustainable mobility, interior designs, or household gadgets, all Pininfarina projects bear an unmistakable signature.
This book was created to visually celebrate the history and influence of Pininfarina, there is no one better suited than a man who has made his own unmistakable mark on automotive photography.Gunther Raupp has spent 30 years photographing cars for Ferrari’s official calendars, which enjoy a cult following among the experts. He has two successful books with teNeues, the most recent being The Ferrari Book. As a star photographer and connoisseur of industrial design, Raupp showcases a company that embodies true Italianita.Buy on Amazon
The definitive monograph on the work of one of the world’s most celebrated car designers. This is the first monograph published on one of the most renowned automotive designers of our time, Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was named Car Designer of the Century in December 1999 and inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2002. The book explores Giugiaro’s creative background—he comes from a family of painters and musicians—and the technical and engineering skills he cultivated with his partner Aldo Mantovani, cofounder of his company, Italdesign. He is noted for such iconic concept cars as the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, De Tomaso Mangusta, Maserati Ghibli, Iso Grifo, Lamborghini Calà, and Ferrari GG50.Buy on Amazon
Having left motor racing in the early ‘50s – at least officially – Alfa Romeo returned to the sport once again at the start of the following decade due to the commitment and enthusiasm of Autodelta. This Alfa offshoot distinguished itself by preparing and racing about 30 of the manufacturer’s different cars that really did make history. Among them, the Giulia TZ holds a place at the head of the crowd. It had a 1.5-litre, 113 hp engine from the Giulia SS, front and rear suspension of modern conception, disc brakes and an especially bold body shaped by Zagato on a modern tubular chassis. Those were the strong points of this car, which scored results of absolute prestige in its brief career at Sebring, in the Targa Florio, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Tour de France.
Vito Witting da Prato, already the author of a meticulously written book on the Alfa Romeo SZ, covers the winning, human, technical and sporting factors of this unforgettable car in a monumental work. A book which, to the precise text and painstaking historical reconstruction, has been added illustrations of previously unpublished pictures and technical designs by Autodelta
‘Porsche – the Racing 914s‘ is a study in pictures, statistics, factory information, and interviews, that will show the Porsche 914 in a whole new light.Buy on Amazon
A comprehensive, visual, and informative tour through the make’s evolution, this book covers bios of key, company innovators; technical sketches; and plenty of exciting full-color images of a star lineup. For the make’s many fans, this journey is filled with passion and fascination.Buy on Amazon
The acclaimed In Camera series returns to take a further look at sports-car racing in the 1960s. This beautifully illustrated second volume reveals the reality and hazards of period racing but also its magnificence. Here are the machines, their intrepid drivers and the many and varied circuits, some of them still public roads, all brought to life through meticulously researched photographs and the author’s renowned commentary. Sports Car Racing in Camera, 1960-69, Volume Two will appeal to all motor racing enthusiasts and especially to collectors of this impressive series.Buy on Amazon
The awesome book tells the story of Alfa Romeo, the prestigious Italian marque which created some of the most memorable cars of all time during its 100 year-plus history, is told by specification after specification in a “virtual gallery” of many of the models produced by the company, both road-goers and racers. The 1750 GS of the 1930s, the 8C 2900 B, the Giulietta, the Giulia, the 33s, the Alfettas right up to the most modern 8C Competizione are just some of the cars that find a place in this long catalog in which the illustrations of Michele Leonello, the authoritative car designer, come together with the words of Lorenzo Ardizio, the expert on the history of Alfa Romeo.Buy on Amazon