Pontiac Firebird

Author: Marc Cranswick
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 190370667X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The detailed story of Pontiac's F-body coupe & convertible throughout three decades--from the height of the personal car/sporty car era of the late sixties, through the fuel crisis/safety first seventies, eighties renaissance and nineties indifference.

Pontiac Firebird

Author: David Newhardt
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 0760350426
Format: PDF
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Celebrate 50 years of Pontiac's iconic muscle car. The early 1960s saw American auto manufacturers desperately trying to sell cars to the emerging baby-boom market. Pontiac attained success with its original muscle car, the GTO, but as successful as the GTO was, it was handily outsold by Ford's grand-slam home-run pony car, the Mustang. In response, Pontiac entered the pony car market in 1967, its new Firebird, a model that became one of the most iconic cars of the classic muscle-car era. Eventually the top Firebird model, the Trans Am, became the standard bearer for automotive performance in the U.S. market, kept the muscle car flame alive throughout the dark years of the 1970s and led the charge when performance reemerged in the 1980s. Pontiac Firebird: 50 Years chronicles the Firebird's rich history, from the early attempts to reach the youth market in the early 1960s, through the potent and turbulent years of the classic muscle car era, the resurgence of muscle in the 1980s, to the car's continued popularity today.

Pontiac Firebird The Auto Biography

Author: Marc Cranswick
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
ISBN: 9781787110038
Format: PDF, ePub
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Over a 40 year period the Pontiac Firebird has earned a unique place amongst speedy domestic cars. What started out as another contender in the "me too" Mustang pony car race ended up becoming so much more. Only Pontiac could have come up with a coupe like the Firebird, and it was the Firebird that kept the performance fires burning once the mighty GTO was gone. The Firebird has garnered a reputation for being larger than life and many have come to view it as a large car, but that was not always the case. Pontiac's Firebird was originally a small US car, classified as a sport compact. In the days when people used the terms personal car and specialty car the Firebird wasn't even all that big. However, after the first major gas crunch viewpoints altered. One thing that didn't change was Pontiac's commitment to keeping their Bird flying high. The Firebird altered significantly through its lifetime, reflecting general changes and trends in the auto world at large. The Firebird's tale reflects the development of the mainstream domestic car in the modern era. V8s, turbo V8s, turbo V6s, HO V6s, overhead cam I6s and even a Super Duty four banger. If there's a performance avenue to be explored then the Firebird has been there, and Pontiac never quite gave up on the hope of using a transaxle. Popular with car fans and in the sales charts, the Firebird has had a high profile both in television and at the movies. The Pontiac Firebird has also received its fair share of attention from hot-rod shops, tuners and car customizers. As per Pontiac tradition the Firebird delivered what folks expected in the real world. Even during the lean years the Firebird kept the 400 cube 4 speed dream alive when others had moved on to paint and tape specials. Fast cars didn't die out in 1973, they just started wearing the "Screamin Chicken" on their hoods. As a collector car the Firebird has all the credentials. A strong fan base, wide variety of power train and trim options, various low volume and commemorative models, and a healthy helping of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. A number of Firebird models are already valuable classics, but certain younger versions can be counted on as some of the fastest appreciating collector cars of today and tomorrow. The Firebird legend just gets bigger. From the go faster 1960s, gas mileage and pollution controlled 1970s, performance renaissance of the 1980s, through to the indifference of the 1990s. The Firebird was always there, this is its story. Cutting edge research and over 320 photos bring this in-depth, incredibly detailed story to life. This edition feature an extra 40 images and new text.

The Complete Book of Classic Volkswagens

Author: John Gunnell
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 0760349878
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Volkswagen Beetles and their variants are some of the most iconic and easily recognizable cars on the road! The classic air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle, officially the Volkswagen Type 1, is regarded as one of the most important and well-engineered vehicles of the twentieth century. It was the most popular imported car in America in the 1960s, and before that it enjoyed a humble beginning as "the people's car" in its native Germany. The Complete Book of Classic Volkswagens encompasses the evolution of the popular Beetle as well as other variations of Volkswagen's air-cooled cars, vans, and trucks. Thoroughly illustrated, this is an invaluable reference to Volkswagen's collectible and iconic cars. The history of VW automobiles is just as colorful as the hues they were manufactured in, and this book illustrates the full story. German automakers originally sought to supply their countrymen with an automobile that was easy to mass produce. By 1938, they finalized the design for the VW "Bug"--the first rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive configured car. In its heyday, the little rounded Beetle was produced at a rate of more than one million per year. Today, with more than 23 million cars built, the Beetle holds the record as the most-produced passenger car of all time. But the Beetle is only one part of the air-cooled Volkswagen story. The rest--from Type 2 vans, pick-ups, and campers to the Type 113 "Super Beetle"--is included here. If you're the owner of a Volkswagen or if you just love their iconic look and you're interested in their evolution, this book deserves a place on your bookshelf.

The Definitive Firebird Trans Am Guide 1970 1 2 1981

Author: Rocky Rotella
Publisher: CarTech Inc
ISBN: 1613253214
Format: PDF, ePub
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After the extremely successful debut of the first-generation Firebirds and Camaros, General Motors had a tall task ahead. It had to create an equally popular yet radically different version of the groundbreaking pony car it was replacing. Enthusiasts picked up on the "radically different" part as soon as they saw these cars. Over time, we have come to appreciate how successful these second-generation cars were. They include the early models that had an emphasis on performance along with the continued development of the Trans Am, the 455 Super Duty cars of 1973 and 1974, and the lightning-in-a-bottle popularity of the Smokey and the Bandit editions. During their production run, these Firebirds and Trans Ams were truly the only real performance cars out of Detroit, and for many of the model years, they eclipsed even the mighty Corvette. Pontiac expert and historian Rocky Rotella examines each production year of the second generation of Firebirds. Production figures, option codes, running changes, model-year changes and variances, rarity, collectability, interviews with engineers, and more are thoroughly covered. This is sure to become the ultimate second-generation Firebird reference book. Complementing the detail and year-by-year analysis is a combination of archival photography from the development of these cars as well as beautiful color photos of original and restored examples today. This book tells the entire story of these immensely popular cars, whether you are into the second generation of F-Body regular models, Formula 400 performance models, the Super Duty Trans Ams, or the cars of Smokey and the Bandit fame. It is an excellent addition to any pony car, muscle car, or any enthusiast's library.

Automotive Mascots

Author: David Kay
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1845847857
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A full colour guide to British radiator and accessory mascots of 1896 to 1960 compiled by two leading experts in the field. Packed with information and stunning pictures, this comprehensive guide is a must for collectors and would-be collectors. As well as detailing the authors' collecting experiences, the book tells the reader how to get started, where to buy and - very importantly - how to spot fakes. 54 British marque mascots are covered, as are mascots produced by corporations such as ICI and the accessory mascots which owners could purchase to individualise their cars

Top Muscle

Author: Darwin Holmstrom
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 0760345147
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Darwin Holmstrom's Top Muscle is a look at over two dozen of the rarest one-offs and production vehicles from the muscle-car era of the late 60s and early 70s. Featuring new and original photography of every car, this book chronicles the biggest and baddest in the heyday of American muscle"--

Rockin Garages

Author: Tom Cotter
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 0760342490
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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“Terraplane Blues,” “Rocket 88,” “Little GTO,” “Mustang Sally,” “Cadillac Ranch,” “Little Red Corvette.” For nearly as long as there have been cars, musicians have penned songs about them. And no genre loves the car like rock 'n roll. Cheap gas, open roads, car radios, and rock music all came of age in the 1950s, and songwriters stepped on the gas and never looked back. Whether hauling amps to the next gig or flaunting the rewards of a chart-topping album, rockers love their cars. But for some musicians, cars aren't just a reflection of success or fodder for the next hit song—they're a full-on obsession. Rockin' Garages takes you inside the collections, behind the wheel, and on the track with 20 of rock's most passionate gearheads. AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason discuss their love of racing; Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughn and country star Keith Urban extoll the virtues of cruising low and slow; Doobie Brother Pat Simmons and Billy Joel showcase their extensive motorcycle collections; Sammy Hagar, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Michael Anthony reveal a need for speed reflected in garages filled with Ferraris, hot rods, and muscle cars. If you love cars and rock and roll, you'll marvel at the eclectic range of vehicles inside, including Camaro, Mustang, Aston Martin, Lincoln, Lamborghini, Harley-Davidson, Porsche, Bentley, Cadillac, Triumph, and even Checker cabs! Crank up the stereo, turn the page, and get ready for a hell of a ride!

Pontiac Concept and Show Cars 1939 1980

Author: Donald Keefe
Publisher: CarTech Inc
ISBN: 1613252161
Format: PDF, Docs
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Pontiac did a great job of distinguishing itself from other GM brands. Not only did it create the GTO, Firebird, Trans Am, and Bonneville, but the company’s dedicated staff designed, developed, and built some of the most audacious and progressive experimental and concept cars. The management, engineers, and designers had a bold and distinct vision for Pontiac, and these cars were infused with their unique passion and vision. With a keen eye on the future, Pontiac created ground-breaking designs to show its customers what was possible. Pontiac Concept and Show Cars: 1939-1980 gives you a comprehensive perspective of these landmark cars in the history of automotive design. Don Keefe, Pontiac historian and former editor of Smoke Signals, takes you on a fascinating tour of Pontiac’s automotive visions and wildest creations. Some of the cars never went beyond the experimental stage; others became prototypes. You learn the inside story on the design, modeling, and fabrication processes. And you are shown an automotive future that could have been, and the cars that became history. During the 1950s, Pontiac concept cars such as the Bonneville Specials, Strato Streak, and La Parisienne wowed the public at the Motorama show. During the 1960s and 1970s, Pontiac was tapped into the youth market and the radical designs that used European influence to create aggressive sports/muscle cars. The GTO Flamme, XP833, Firebird Pegasus, Cirrus, Banshee, and others piqued interest and kept enthusiasts coming back for more. These fascinating and innovative Pontiacs from 1939 to the 1980s and beyond are examined in exquisite detail. Pontiac fans, as well as auto history buffs, will enjoy reading and learning about these cars as well as Pontiac’s Project X car program. If you’ve been looking for a book that authoritatively and comprehensively covers the remarkable and influential Pontiac prototypes of the past, or simply love concept cars in general, this book will entertain you for hours.

Lotus 72

Author: Pete Lyons
Publisher: Evro Publishing Limited
ISBN: 9781910505335
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book, the first in Evro’s new Formula 1 Greats series, covers one of the most revered Formula 1 cars ever made. Introduced in 1970, the wedge-shaped Lotus 72 competed for six seasons, winning 20 World Championship Grands Prix, two Drivers’ titles (for Jochen Rindt in 1970 and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972) and three Constructors’ titles (in 1970, 1972 and 1973), racing first in Lotus’s evocative red, white and gold livery, then the equally eye-catching black and gold of the John Player Special period. Pete Lyons, Autosport’s renowned Formula 1 reporter for part of the Lotus 72 era, explores the car’s entire race-by-race career in his insightful commentary accompanying a magnificent array of more than 300 photos. The 1970 season: after troubled early development, the 72 finally took over from the long-serving 49, its four consecutive race wins enough to secure the World Championship for Jochen Rindt, posthumously after his death during practice for the Italian Grand Prix. The 1971 season: with promising youngster Emerson Fittipaldi elevated to team leader after Rindt’s death, great things were expected of the 72’s second season but it proved to be winless. The 1972 season: now in black and gold John Player livery, the 72 became far more competitive and Fittipaldi’s four Grand Prix victories made him World Champion. The 1973 season: Ronnie ‘SuperSwede’ Peterson joined Fittipaldi to form a dream team and together they won seven races, but because Lotus’s spoils were divided between the two drivers Jackie Stewart was able to come through to become World Champion. The 1974 season: still the 72 soldiered on, now as the fall-back car after its successor, the 76, failed to deliver; partnered by Jacky Ickx, Peterson won three Grands Prix. The 1975 season: well beyond its sell-by date, the 72 did a final season but by now it was far from effective, with Ickx’s second place in the tragic Spanish Grand Prix its best result.