While AM General is almost totally unknown, it makes some of the most recognizable vehicles in the world including the Hummer, Humvee, and postal Jeeps. During its relatively short life AM General has produced a wide range of commercial and military vehicles including postal service Jeeps and vans, military trucks from the 1/4- up to 5-ton models, military trailers, transit buses, motor home chassis, and more. Inside, widely respected author Patrick Foster gives the reader an in-depth look at AM General and its vehicles with spectacular black and white photographs combined with insightful captions. A treat for all enthusiasts!
A memorable look at a decade that sums up all that is exciting about the American spirit. A lively, full-color celebration of an automotive era that began with '30s-fashion cars and ended with recognizably modern vehicles. It's also the story of how America's automakers helped the Allies win World War II. Uses the proven picture-caption format, with over 1,400 photos of every major make of 1940s American car, plus classic independents, such as Hudson and Studebaker. Also includes period "lifestyle" photos, contemporary auto ads, and compelling war-production art. Shows how carmakers emerged from the Great Depression, turning out guns and fighting aircraft before basking in a postwar seller's market.
The independent automakers who had survived the depression of the 1930s had flexibility and enough capital from the war to be the first to launch all-new models for a car starved nation. So lucrative was the American post-war car market that new automobile companies were also formed to cash in on the pent-up demand for new cars. This is their story told through text and the use of contemporary brochures, period literature, factory photos, road test info and over 90 new, unpublished color photos of restored examples to relate the importance of these historic vehicles.
Since the late 1980s Japanese motor manufacturers have been producing a line of high-performance cars that has found a ready market around the world. The combination of their abilities on the road, their traditional Japanese build quality and their reasonable pricing has captivated enthusiasts. Yet there has never been a single source in which to read and find out about these giants of the motoring world. Now, this exciting book profiles all Japan's greatest performance models, detailing their history, technical make-up and potential for speed. Each car is also rated for its desirability, tuneability and availability. At last, here is a book that fills a yawning gap: a reliable source of information about all the most significant and fascinating Japanese performance cars, many of which have never been written about in English before.