Factory-built concept cars tantalize auto enthusiasts with wild styling and futuristic features while at the same time providing direction for future automotive development. A new reference from Mitchel J. Frumkin and Phil Hall features more than 650 rarely seen domestic concept cars from the 1930s to present. Published by Krause Publications, “American Dream Cars: 60 Years of the Best Concept Vehicles” offers a visual history of these wonderful and sometimes wacky experimental machines.
“American Dream Cars: 60 Years of the Best Concept Vehicles” arranges the dream, concept and show vehicles according to manufacturer, including General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation and Independent makes. Manufacturers are introduced with historical background, as well as tracking major production and styling changes. Entries include photographs of these rarely seen vehicles and concise descriptions of features and integrated technology.
Vehicle coverage begins with the 1939 Buick Y-Job and extends to the 2002 fuel cell propelled concept cars and light-duty trucks. Some of the more outlandish vehicles highlighted in the 32-page color section include the 1959 Firebird III, 2002 AUTOnomy, 1995 Synergy 2010, 1959 Cella I, 1960 XNR and 1988 Slingshot.
The authors write in the Introduction, “‘American Dream Cars’ is an attempt to corral as many dream, concept, and show cars as possible from the domestic automobile manufacturers. While hundreds are covered in this volume, many more dazzled and sometimes dumbfounded the public over the past nearly 65 years. In this book are hundreds of chances to dream, relive memories, and just get lost in what can be a wonderful, wacky, and in between world of automobiles, trucks, and vehicles.”
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Title: “American Dream Cars: 60 Years of the Best Concept Vehicles”
Author: Mitchel J. Frumkin &