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Detroit muscle : factory lightweights and purpose-built muscle cars, Charles Morris

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Detroit muscle : factory lightweights and purpose-built muscle cars
Title
Detroit muscle
Title remainder
factory lightweights and purpose-built muscle cars
Statement of responsibility
Charles Morris
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Language
eng
Summary
The muscle car era, and the era that immediately preceded it, are a unique window in time; it is one that we will not likely see again. Post-war USA was a place where people wanted to move on from the horrors of conflict, to embrace an era of peace, and to pursue, well, all sorts of things. A whole generation was entering a new prosperity, with home ownership on the rise, gainful employment increasing, the building of suburbs, and a new interstate system connecting everyone. That all helped increase our dependence upon, and in turn, deepen our love affair with the automobile. It started in the 1950s, when automakers realized that if they made their cars more powerful than brand X and won races on the weekends as well, sales would follow those victories into the dealership. Not everybody was enamored with all this new-found performance, however, and throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, a struggle developed between building faster automobiles and appearing responsible and promoting the cause of safety. This led to racing participation on an all-out corporate level, followed by voluntary self-imposed and publicized bans, back-door cheating on said bans, and then investing in performance again.A byproduct of all this activity was some really fascinating and exciting cars. It began with standard-chassis cars growing bigger and including more powerful engines. Then they graduated to being lighter, putting big engines into mid-size chassis (muscle cars), and building race cars that barely resembled anything on the street. Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars follows the evolution of the fastest, most powerful, and exciting vehicles of the era, in both drag racing and NASCAR. From early Hudson Hornets, to the birth of the Hemi, to aluminum and fiberglass panel sedans, to lightweight special-order muscle cars ready to race from the factory
Cataloging source
PSt/DLC
Dewey number
629.2220973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
TL236
LC item number
.M465 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Detroit muscle : factory lightweights and purpose-built muscle cars, Charles Morris
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Detroit muscle : factory lightweights and purpose-built muscle cars, Charles Morris
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Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The manufacturers: a prologue to an incredible era -- 1960 -- 1961 Detroit get back in racing and the first lightweight parts are introduced (unofficially) -- 1962 -- 1963 Detroit goes drag racing in a big way -- 1964 change is on the horizon: enter the Mustang and GTO -- 1965 -- 1966 things get "funny" -- 1967 -- 1969 the focus returns to street performance and some dealerships show Detroit just how a muscle car should be built -- 1970 -- 1971 many of the best muscle cars ever built roll out of Detroit just before the curtain comes down on performance -- After many dark years Detroit makes a comeback in a big way
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27 cm
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Extent
191 pages
Isbn
9781613253014
Lccn
2016040409
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958355291

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