Virgil Exner

Visioneer: The official biography of Virgil M. Exner, designer extraordinaire
Author: Peter Grist
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1845848055
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Page: 176
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The story of a man that brought his own personal style to the world of industrial design, from automobiles to powerboats. Some 50 years after his design masterpieces wrested styling leadership away from General Motors - Harley Earl. Thirty four years after his untimely death, Virgil Exner’s name still remains inexorably linked to the Chrysler Corporation in the minds of car enthusiasts worldwide. For an all too brief period, Exner’s name epitomised all that was great and exciting in America. His thrilling automobile designs from the mid-fifties took the world by storm and put Chrysler at the top. His work was nothing less than a revolution. Until the mid-fifties, engineers, creating cars that were reliable but invariably staid and conservative, had dominated auto design. Exner introduced to Chrysler, firstly with his ‘idea cars’ then with production models, vehicles that were wanted for their looks but at the same time, were soundly engineered; automobiles that carried classic proportions and gave the illusion of movement even whilst stationary. His design of the 1947 Studebaker established the design pattern for all modern cars and was a huge success. Along with automobile styling, his talents stretched to many other areas of industrial design, from trains to trucks and boats to Buicks. This book gets behind the character of the man, his strengths and weaknesses, his personal tragedies and his vision of modern transport. Uncover why he set up in competition with Raymond Loewy, get the real facts behind historic inaccuracies and why he was made scapegoat for the sales disaster of the early sixties, Then delight in his fine artwork and his love of motor racing. With many previously unseen works of art and family photos among the 150 colour images throughout this is a unique and fascinating insight into a pivotal player in the development of the modern automobile.

Virgil Exner: Visioneer

The official biography of Virgil M. Exner, designer extraordinaire
Author: Peter Grist
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
ISBN: 9781845841188
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 160
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The official biography the man who brought his own personal style to the world of industrial design, from automobiles to powerboats. Some 50 years after his design masterpieces wrested styling leadership away from General Motors' Harley Earl. Thirty four years after his untimely death, Virgil Exner's name still remains inexorably linked to the Chrysler Corporation in the minds of car enthusiasts worldwide. For an all too brief period, Exner's name epitomized all that was great and exciting in America. His thrilling automobile designs from the mid-fifties took the world by storm and put Chrysler at the top. His work was nothing less than a revolution. Exner introduced to Chrysler, first with his "idea cars" then with production models, vehicles that were wanted for their looks but at the same time, were soundly engineered; automobiles that carried classic proportions and gave the illusion of movement even while stationary. His design of the 1947 Studebaker established the design pattern for all modern cars and was a huge success. With many previously unseen works of art and family photos among the 150 color images throughout, this is a unique and fascinating insight into a pivotal player in the development of the modern automobile.

Karmann Ghia Coupe & Cabriolet


Author: Malcolm Bobbitt
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 184584551X
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Page: N.A
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The full story of coachbuilder Karmann Ghia's long association with Volkswagen and the creation of the famous CoupT and Cabriolet models. Arguably, Karmann Ghia produced the most beautiful bodies ever to adorn VW chassis. Today, all Karmann Ghia-badged Volkswagens are recognised classics and are highly desirable collectibles throughout the world. Contains full details of all the Karman Ghia-badged CoupT and Cabriolet models Type 1 & Type 3 from 1955 to 1974.

The Fisher Body CraftsmanÕs Guild

An Illustrated History
Author: John L. Jacobus
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786493380
Category: Transportation
Page: 359
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The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild was a national auto design competition sponsored by the Fisher Body Division of General Motors. This competition was for teenagers to compete for college scholarships by designing and building scale model “dream” cars. Held from the 1930s through the 1960s, it helped identify and nurture a whole generation of designers and design executives. Virgil M. Exner, Jr., Charles M. Jordan, Robert W. Henderson, Robert A. Cadaret, Richard Arbib, Elia ‘Russ’ Russinoff, Galen Wickersham, Ronald C. Hill, Edward F. Taylor, George R. Chartier, Charles W. Pelly, Gary Graham, Charles A. Gibilterra, E. Arthur Russell, William A. Moore, Terry R. Henline, Paul Tatseos, Allen T. Weideman, Kenneth J. Dowd, Stuart Shuster, John M. Mellberg, Harry E. Schoepf, and Ronald J. Will, are among those designers and design executives who participated in the Guild. The book also describes many aspects of the miniature model Napoleonic Coach and other scale model cars the students designed.

Classic Car

The Definitive Visual History
Author: DK
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1465459073
Category: Transportation
Page: 320
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A visual guide to the most iconic classic cars of every decade from the 1940s to the 1980s, featuring more than 1,300 photographs and created in association with the Smithsonian Institution. From the Pontiac Chieftain to the Chevrolet Corvette, Classic Car is packed with the marques and models of every decade from the 1940s to the 1980s. Virtual tours offer close-up views of iconic models, and comprehensive catalogs showcase key features with detailed profiles and specifications. To tell the complete story of classic cars, this book also profiles famous designers and manufacturers, like Ferdinand Porsche, and places the cars into wider cultural context by charting their enduring legacy as symbols of luxury and objects of desire. Classic Car is a complete celebration of classic cars and a must-have for all classic car collectors and enthusiasts.

Auto-Opium

A Social History of American Automobile Design
Author: David Gartman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135094276
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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This much needed book is the first to provide a comprehensive history of the profession and aesthetics of American automobile design. The author reveals how the appearance of the automobile was shaped by the social conflicts arising from America's mass production system. He connects the social struggles of American society with the organizational struggles of designers to create symbol-laden substitutes for the American dream. Theoretically sophisticated, lucid and compelling, Auto-Opium will appeal to all interested in the American obsession with the car.

Vintage American Road Racing Cars 1950-1969


Author: Harold Pace Mark R. Brinker
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610592406
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Chrysler


Author: Dennis Adler
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610608718
Category: Transportation
Page: N.A
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In recent years, Chrysler has made waves with a series of dramatic new show cars, exciting production vehicles like the Prowler and Viper, and its mega-merger with German juggernaut Daimler-Benz. It is generally accepted that Chrysler is the most forward-thinking of the Big Three American automakers, yet the company also has a wonderfully compelling past. Just in time to mark Chrysler's 75th anniversary, this beautifully illustrated history takes readers on a journey that spans the company's genesis in the 1920s to present. Marvelous archival black-and-white photography is accompanied by nostalgic period color imagery, print ads, and new color photography of classics. The story includes model from Doge, Plymouth, Imperial, and DeSoto, while sidebars highlight key figures and stunning feats of engineering and styling.

History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed

James Dean's Killer Porsche, NASCAR's Fastest Monkey, Bonnie and Clyde's Getaway Car, and More
Author: Matt Stone,Preston Lerner
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 161058659X
Category: Transportation
Page: 256
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DIVRumors, myths, and fantastic stories have swirled around the automobile since the first car appeared over 100 years ago./div DIVDid you know that after James Dean’s death behind the wheel of his Porsche 550 Spyder, parts of the car were sold off, and said parts then cursed their new owners? Or did they?Did you know Bonnie and Clyde stole Ford V-8s almost exclusively as getaway cars because they were the fastest cars of their day? Or that Clyde Barrow wrote Henry Ford a “thank-you” note for building the cars that made escaping his bank heists so successful? NASCAR has been the source of countless myths and legends. Did you know, for example, that a monkey by the name of Jocko Flocko once won a Grand National race? (Hall of Fame driver Tim Flock helped.) Or that one of the most famous stock cars in NASCAR lore—a Chevelle built by legendary rules-bender Smokey Yunick—never actually turned a lap on a racetrack?Did you ever hear the one about the 1964 Impala that flew into a cliff—at 350 miles per hour—in the Arizona desert, thereby winning the inaugural Darwin Award? How about the Ford Pinto that flew like a bird? Or the 68-horsepower Hyundai Excel that maxed out at 115 miles per hour while speeding Rodney King to a rendezvous that would eventually lead to the L.A. Riots?What was the first car to break the sound barrier? Who won the first Indy 500? What kind of car was dancer Isadora Duncan in when she was killed? What car performed the most spectacular stunt in the James Bond movie oeuvre? In all of these cases, the answers may not be what you think./div DIVThese are just a few of the automotive world’s crazy stories, mysteries, myths, and legends. History’s Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed compiles a juicy selection covering subjects from racing to automakers, crime to pop culture, and historical to modern day. Read it and be amazed!/div

The Big Book of Car Culture

The Armchair Guide to Automotive Americana
Author: James Hinckley,Jim Hinckley,Jon G. Robinson
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760319659
Category: Transportation
Page: 320
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A collection of information and photographs about Americans' passion for automobiles.

Mopar Muscle


Author: Robert Genat
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610590839
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Page: N.A
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Greetings from Buchanan, Michigan


Author: Leo J. Goodsell,Robert C. Myers
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780966080841
Category: Berrien County (Mich.)
Page: 316
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Cool Cars


Author: N.A
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1465431640
Category: Transportation
Page: 480
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Packed with more than a hundred completely charismatic classic cars, this book is the ideal gift for anyone driven to admire these majestic machines. Author Quentin Wilson has hand-picked the most astonishing, appealing, and all-round awesome cars ever to hit the highway. Multi-angle photography reveals the true craftsmanship and beauty of these stunning rides, and the text pays tribute to each vehicle and explains why it's destined to be a classic, now and forever. Test drive this essential car guide, and you'll be hooked.

Chrysler's Turbine Car

The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation
Author: Steve Lehto,Jay Leno
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781569767719
Category: Transportation
Page: 224
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Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the world of automotive research and development in the 1960s, this engaging narrative traces the birth of Chrysler’s alternative “jet” car and reveals the story behind its sudden and mysterious demise. Relying on extensive research and firsthand accounts from surviving members of the turbine car program—including the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the engine and the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving grounds—this chronicle documents the bold development of an automobile with a jet turbine engine. In addition to running well on virtually any flammable liquid—including kerosene, vodka, heating oil, and Chanel N°5 perfume—the pioneering engines had one fifth the number of moving parts and required less maintenance than conventional engines. Despite the fleet’s amazing performance over millions of miles by test drivers, Chrysler pulled the plug on the project and crushed almost all of the cars. The reasons behind the surprising end to the jet car fleet are finally explained here.

Lost Indianapolis


Author: John P. McDonald
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439630186
Category: Photography
Page: 128
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In 1816, the U.S. Congress decided to give the newly formed State of Indiana four square miles of land to lay out a capital city. Just where the capital city would be platted, however, was unknown. Four years later, the spot was finally chosen near where Fall Creek meets the White River. From that moment forward, despite a few bumps along the way, Indianapolis began its development into one of the nation's great cities. Over the course of that development, many buildings, companies, legends, and people have come and gone. While they are now only shadows of the past, they help to form the history and heart of Indianapolis.

Fifties Fins


Author: Dennis David
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610609258
Category:
Page: N.A
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Classic Cars of the Fifties


Author: Bruce LaFontaine
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486433264
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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Handsome, ready-to-color images, attractively rendered in precise detail, depict the sleek 1950 Mercury two-door sedan, luxurious 1952 Cadillac four-door sedan, 1953 Buick Skylark convertible with wire wheels, 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II, and 26 other impressive models. Captions. 30 black-and-white illustrations.

The Great Funk

Falling Apart and Coming Together (on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies
Author: Thomas Hine
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 1429924152
Category: Design
Page: 256
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In the sixties, as the nation anticipated the conquest of space, the defeat of poverty, and an end to injustice at home and abroad, no goal seemed beyond America's reach. Then the seventies arrived-bringing oil shocks and gas lines, the disgrace and resignation of a president, defeat in Vietnam, terrorism at the 1972 Munich Olympics, urban squalor, bizarre crimes, high prices, and a bad economy. The country fell into a great funk. But when things fall apart, you can take the fragments and make something fresh. Avocado kitchens and Earth Shoes may have been ugly, but they signaled new modes of seeing and being. The first generation to see Earth from space found ways to make life's everyday routines-eating, keeping warm, taking out the trash-meaningful, both personally and globally. And many decided to reinvent themselves. In Populuxe, a "textbook of consumerism in the Push Button Age" (Alan J. Adler, Los Angeles Times), Thomas Hine scrutinized the looks and life of the 1950s and 1960s, revealing the hopes and fears expressed in that era's design. In the same way, The Great Funk: Falling Apart and Coming Together (on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies maps a complex era by looking at its ideas, feelings, sex, fashions, textures, gestures, colors, demographic forces, artistic expressions, and other phenomena that shaped our lives. Hine gets into the shoes and heads of those who experienced the seventies-exploring their homes, feeling the beat of their music, and scanning the ads that incited their desires. But The Great Funk is more than a lavish catalogue of seventies culture: it's a smart, informed, lively look at the "Me decade" through the eyes of the man House & Garden called "America's sharpest design critic."

Station Wagons


Author: Byron Olsen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610591898
Category: Transportation
Page: N.A
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Call the kids, grab the picnic basket, and load up the wagon for this colorful salute to the great American family hauler. The entire evolution of the station wagon is examined, from the "depot hacks" that shuttled passengers to their trains in the 1920s to today's popular SUVs and minivans. The emphasis, however, is decidedly on the fantastic classics that came into their own during the postwar boom of the 1950s and '60s, including the Chevrolet Nomad, Pontiac Safari, Studebaker Wagonaire, and Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Also included are beautiful woodys from several manufacturers and rare wagons from bygon manufacturers like Packard. The wonderful images in this nostalgic, one-of-a-kind history include period color photography, fascinating print advertisements, and exclusive modern color photographs of lovingly restored wagons.

Rolling sculpture

a designer and his work
Author: Gordon M. Buehrig,William S. Jackson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 192
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