MUST HAVE Books for Car Enthusiasts

Growing up, while my middle school classmates were yapping about the newest R.L. Stine books, I was deciphering the differences of a 1933 Plymouth PC vs. PD vs. PDXX.  I was not normal, and never got into the “normal kid” books.  Instead, I swooned over low production numbers throughout the pages of the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942″.   The classic designs, unmatched style, and the rawness of old cars was the only interesting thing that I could find in books.  Needless to say, many years have passed and I still never read any “normal” books, but I have managed to acquire quite an automotive library.  Old books, new books, automotive design books, tuning books, service manuals, and enough car magazines to fill the Grand Canyon twice.   With all of that, I bequeath to you “Jeremy’s official list of must-have book’s for your Gearhead hangout.” (Notice I capitalized “Gearhead” this time because I feel it is something to be proud of, and deserves that big first letter.)

In no particular order:

1) “Standard Catalog of American Cars” 1804-1942 AND 1946-1975 (These are great to reference, and win / lose bets.)

2) “The Hemi in the Barn” by Tom Cotter (This book is amazing, you must read it.)

3) “The Cobra in the Barn” by Tom Cotter (This book is equally amazing, you also must read it.)

4) “Classic Customs and Lead Sleds” by Bo Bertilsson (Filled with the most beautiful lead sleds you will ever see.)

5) “Maximum Boost” by Corky Bell (This will change your life.  If you like forced induction, eternal happiness will be found within.)

6) “Street Rodder’s Chassis & Suspension Handbook” (Someday I will build one, and you will too.  This might prevent us from screwing up.)

What are your favorites?

Images from:

Standard Catalog of American Cars
The Hemi in the Barn
The Cobra in the Barn
Chassis and Suspension Handbook
Classic Customs and Lead Sleds
Maximum Boost

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