A muscle-car book unlike any other, featuring the rarest vehicles on Earth. In the 1960s, something explosive happened in the automotive world: the United States' evolving V-8 engine technology was met by 75 million baby boomers, all with an extreme need for speed and all entering the auto market at the same time. The result was the golden era of factory muscle cars, brutish machines that were unlike any the world had ever seen or will likely ever see again--they truly embodied the "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll" generation. For some, even a factory muscle car wasn't enough. Detroit automakers responded, secretly building some of the most outrageous muscle cars ever created behind their superiors' backs and ultimately creating some of the most powerful vehicles ever sold to the public. In Top Muscle, author Darwin Holmstrom chronicles the ultimate collection of these super-rare high-performance beasts. Captured by the lens of renowned auto photographer Randy Leffingwell, these cars represent the absolute zenith of the most valuable collector cars in existence, with fascinating histories that illuminate the wildest age in American automotive history. The Brothers Collection features over 600 cars, including such rarities as:
- The very first Chevelle Z16 ever built, which was also the very first muscle car that Chevrolet ever built
- The very first Chevelle SS454 LS6 off the assembly line
- The only 1969 Mach I Mustang ever built with a factory sunroof
- The very first A12 (440-6) Roadrunner ever built
- The very last Hemi 'Cuda convertible Plymouth produced, One of the eight convertible Trans Am Ram Air III Firebirds that Pontiac built in 1969
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once Again Randy Leffingwell has done a Stellar Job with the Beautiful Photography,The Writing by The Author Darwin Holmstrom while good and in depth leaves little to be desired with the curse words and "Proletarian" to describe something as well as the Mentioning of Viet Nam which should not be in a car book.The cars Selected Are Beautiful I am disappointed there was no Corvettes as the L-88/ZL-1 can be a Muscle car besides A Sportscar.Also,In a Previous Book Titled "Corvette" by the publisher/Newhardt it was Mentioned that the Motion 76' Can-Am Spyder Corvette(More photos of it) would be coming in the Top Muscle book for some reason either it will be in a future book or not used since it was Not in this Book Top Muscle. My Favorite Car is the Cover car, The Camaro,The Douglass-Yenko Camaro/Yenk Camaros -The Beautiful Blue Camaro and of course the Green Chevelle,all The GM Cars Basically. The Author is right that Ford as it has admitted did not have any Muscle cars...
Darwin Holmstrom explores the rarities of the 60s muscle car era in his book, "Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade". With photographer Randy Leffingwell alongside him, he is able to create a compelling book that focuses on many of the vanished classics.
Readers will receive significant insight into the world of autos, especially during a time when "the classical muscle car era began with John Z. Delorean". This man took charge of GM's Pontiac line and encouraged a "creative interpretation" of the company's rules. The result: powerful and beautiful cars!
This book offers beautiful photos of the ultimate car lover's collection, including the world's first Chevelle Z16 and the only 1969 Mach I Mustang with a sunroof. When will you get another chance to see those?
Readers will find comfort comparing this book to other picture books like Holmstroms's other book...
I expected more from this book. The photography is stunning, boarderline breathtaking at times, but the storys regarding the cars are a little thin in my opinion... It's more a portfolio of car-photography rather than an automotive "book". The rothers Collection is so significant, they could have mentioned it more, and also how the cars were found, restored or preserved with a bit more detalied descriptions.
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