Here in the Automobilia category, you will find books on historical artifacts or collectibles linked with automobiles, motorcycles and related areas such as hood ornaments, gas pumps, oil cans, and marque logos.

American Chrome
From the end of the Second World War through the 1950s, Detroit automakers built cars that dramatically captured the whimsical and optimistic feeling of the day. Brilliant chrome details-from flamboyant fins to embellished fenders to outrageous grilles-quickly became the calling card of American postwar automotive design. This book reveals the beauty, glamor, and charm of the 1950s American cars.
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American Grilles (Hardcover)
In 1934 car design altered radically Beginning with the 14 Chrysler Airflow, the automobile developed from a functional means of transportation to a symbol of advanced design, an arbiter of taste. The face of the car became the focus of the new style and originality: people began to recognize and differentiate cars primarily by their grilles. As automobile manufacturers observed this interest, they responded appropriately and called upon specialized, non-factory designers to display their virtuoso talents in this area. This in turn inspired the market, as the public awaited and discussed each design innovation: it was also an opportunity for participation by the public as custom grilles began to make their appearance. Through the '30s and '40s and into the '50s, grilles became each new year's new face of the automobile industry. Eventually, however, ecological and economic considerations began to take precedence: by the end of the '50s the designs of cars had progressed from individualized back to uniform. And their faces became one. Over a period of two years we selected and photographed hundreds of car grilles while traveling intermittently throughout the United States. At first we sought out car shows and auctions: soon collectors began to come to us to ask if we would take personal portraits of their cars. We couldn't use every car we photographed. Here are the 101 best.
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American Grilles (Softcover)
In 1934 car design altered radically Beginning with the 14 Chrysler Airflow, the automobile developed from a functional means of transportation to a symbol of advanced design, an arbiter of taste. The face of the car became the focus of the new style and originality: people began to recognize and differentiate cars primarily by their grilles. As automobile manufacturers observed this interest, they responded appropriately and called upon specialized, non-factory designers to display their virtuoso talents in this area. This in turn inspired the market, as the public awaited and discussed each design innovation: it was also an opportunity for participation by the public as custom grilles began to make their appearance. Through the '30s and '40s and into the '50s, grilles became each new year's new face of the automobile industry. Eventually, however, ecological and economic considerations began to take precedence: by the end of the '50s the designs of cars had progressed from individualized back to uniform. And their faces became one. Over a period of two years we selected and photographed hundreds of car grilles while traveling intermittently throughout the United States. At first we sought out car shows and auctions: soon collectors began to come to us to ask if we would take personal portraits of their cars. We couldn't use every car we photographed. Here are the 101 best.
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Architecture Automobiles
Architecture and automobiles have been intrinsically linked since the dawn of the internal combustion engine, from the assembly plant to the showroom and on to that ubiquitous fixture of the artificial landscape, the service station. The streamlined forms of automobiles have often inspired architects and some have even ventured into designing their own cars. This book features Foster and Partners, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, ONL, Renzo Piano, Populous, Zaha Hadid, UNStudio and Massimiliano Fuksas, and presents their best projects, including the BMW Museum in Munich, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, the Audi museum in Ingolstadt by 24-H, Manuel Gautrand's Citroen museum on the Champs Elyssee in Paris, and the Regio Emilia bridge by Santiago Calatrava in Italy.
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Auto Tattoo
Book from 1986 on cars in art - i.e. Delaunay, Schiaparelli, Arman, and many versions of the Renault English, Italian, French.
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Auto-Museen in Europa
This is a German language text that contains a directory and information on all of the automobile museums throughout Europe.
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Automotive Mascots A Collector’s Guide to British Marque, Corporate & Accessory Mascots
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 invaluable for collectors and enthusiasts. The authors' collecting experiences are recounted, and the book explains how to get started, where to buy and - very importantly - how to spot fakes. Fifty-four British marque mascots are covered, along with those produced by corporations such as ICI, and the accessory mascots which owners could purchase to individualise their cars.
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Back to the Future: Tokheim Pump Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Bob Lee (ISBN 10 – 0963822004) Hardcover 175 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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Bumper Sticker Wisdom: America’s Pulpit Above the Tailpipe
Perhaps the most eccentric expression of the right to free speech, the ubiquitous bumper sticker is a mirror of America's many moods and sentiments. Whatever their stance on the issues of our time, professional drivers and RV enthusiasts, carpoolers, and fans of the use and abuse of the English language will find Bumper Sticker Wisdom an unusual portrait of America.
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Car Marques: A Graphic Guide to Automotive Logos and Emblems
Car Marques is the most detailed and comprehensive guide to car badges ever published. In 224 pages it reveals the history and design of over 90 marques from around the world, each with color illustrations and annotated diagrams. British motoring journalist Simon Heptinstall, who helped launch BBC Top Gear magazine, describes each badge, details the story behind it, and uncovers snippets of information that will delight motoring enthusiasts. The introduction outlines how the book works and provides an overview of the history of car badges. Feature spreads show how the badges of iconic marques such as Buick and Peugeot have changed over time. It also contains profiles of major figures in the history of the automotive industry such as Andre Citroen, Gottlieb Daimler, William C. Durant, and Enzo Ferrari. The badges are arranged in alphabetic order and include world-famous marques such as Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, BMW, Buick, Corvette, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Mustang, Porsche, and Toyota.
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Fins & the Fifties: The Cars, the Chrome, the Culture
Illustrated with colour photographs and drawings, Fins & the Fifties is the story of the development of the American automobile, how it was shaped and how it shaped America.
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Gas Pump Collector’s Guide
Antique gas pumps are enjoying increasing popularity among gas and oil memorabilia collectors. Here Benjamin and Henderson offer today's collectors tips on how to collect pumps and where to find them, plus authenticity information and details on restoring and displaying them. Directory listings include a brief history of each known manufacturer, plus a listing of models produced, dates, rarity ratings and price ranges.
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Grilles & Tails
Once upon a time, before all cars began to resemble each other, every model had distinguishing marks that made it stand out. A "smiling" grille or a pointed nose shouted a car's make to all it passed by; similarly, the aviation-inspired fins of the 1950s and the stealth, sharklike back ends of the first Sting Rays made a lasting impression on the minds of drivers they left in the proverbial dust. These features announced for what and for whom a particular vehicle was designed. Now, they are mostly gone--except here, where the infinite variety of imaginatively styled grilles and tails of yesteryear return in a plethora of photos by top photographers. They range from beautiful and elegant to obnoxious and even bizarre...but they are always something amazing to see.Among the top showpieces: the dazzling chrome grin of the 1955 De Soto; the unmistakable front end of the 1958 Edsel; the flamboyant fins of the 1960 Cadillac Eldorado; and the unique engine-containing rear end of a vintage 1950 Beetle.
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I Love License Plates

Thomas C. Murray Softcover 64 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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License Plates of America: The Official Guide to the License Plates of the United States, Canada and Mexico
In this colorful and entertaining spotter's guide, John Northrup identifies and captions more than 3,000 current styles of license plate from every state and province of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Here you can find out which state hasn't required motorists to change plates since 1942; the maximum number of characters available for vanity plates in a particular state; which state could theoretically have 100 motorists with the same plate number at the same time; and where in North America the plates are cut in the shape of a polar bear.
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Mascot Catalogs
Mascots, also known as hood ornaments, are highly collectible. This fascinating book, a collection of original mascot catalogs, includes photos and detailed descriptions of each mascot.
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Mobilia Sourcebook: The Essential Auto Collectibles Guide
The Mobilia Sourcebook: The Essential Auto Collectibles is the ultimate book resource for the automotive collecting hobby. This first edition includes 600 main listings and 2,000 cross-references -- all indexed by more than 50 unique collecting categories. If your particular interest is gas-powered miniature racers, there is a special section devoted to all the active suppliers in that market. Interested in pedal cars, in automotive literature, in license plates, in automotive art? What about an interest in Route 66 or automotive signs or motorcycle collectibles? Each category of collecting interest -- 50 in all -- has its own section of vendors, each with address and phone number, and up-to-date description of its business and specialty. A directory like the Sourcebook is only as good as its indexing. This book ensures that the reader can find key contacts with ease. This is a great resource and a hobby first. • 600 Listings of Key Automobilia Specialists • 50 Unique Collecting Categories • 2000 References • Comprehensive Index
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Motor Mania: Cartoons for Collector Car Fanatics

Philip Trachtman Softcover 63 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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Oil Company Signs: A Collector’s Guide

Scott Benjamin & Wayne Henderson Softcover 224 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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The Automotive Mascot Purpose Form & Function Volume Four
The fourth of four fascinating volumes presenting automotive mascots that serve a purpose beyond ornamentation. Artistically photographed and with expert narrative, the presentation is both informative and entertaining. 97 mascots are shown and most in life size. 22 French, 11 English, 57 American and 7 of other countries trace a chronology of design from 1902 to 1955. Many mascots do not appear in any other reference book. Volumes One, Two & Three are companions in this four volume set. Artistic mascots are featured and many are shown in multiple photos, combining informed text and handy references to other literature. Many photos show the mascots in life size. These books cover the subject of car mascots like no other with extraordinary color photos of rare, and in some cases, never seen examples of vintage automotive mascots and radiator art.
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The Automotive Mascot Purpose Form & Function Volume One
The first of four fascinating volumes presenting automotive mascots that serve a purpose beyond ornamentation. Artistically photographed and with expert narrative, the presentation is both informative and entertaining. 91 mascots are shown, most in life size. 10 French, 11 English, 64 American and 6 of other countries trace a chronology of design from 1900 to 1923. Many mascots do not appear in any other reference book.
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The Automotive Mascot Purpose Form & Function Volume Three
The third of four fascinating volumes presenting automotive mascots that serve a purpose beyond ornamentation. Artistically photographed and with expert narrative, the presentation is both informative and entertaining. 98 mascots are shown and most in life size. 21 French, 11 English, 59 American and 7 of other countries trace a chronology of design from 1900 to 2013. Many mascots do not appear in any other reference book.
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The Automotive Mascot Purpose Form & Function Volume Two
The second of four interesting volumes presenting automotive mascots that serve a purpose beyond ornamentation. Artistically photographed and with expert narrative, the presentation is both informative and entertaining. 100 mascots are shown, most in life size. 13 French, 13 English, 67 American and 7 of other countries trace a chronology of design from 1920 to 1939. Many mascots do not appear in any other reference book.
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The Automotive Mascot Worldwide: Un Objet d’Art
An excellent reference book for collectors and enthusiasts studying in full size and detail 135 mascots and hood ornaments from 1905 to 1951: 61 French, 33 English, 29 American and 12 of other countries. 33 do not appear in any other reference book. The companion work is The Automotive Mascot Worldwide: Un Objet d’Art, encore
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