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Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade

Holmstrom, Darwin

Published by Motorbooks
ISBN 10: 0760345147 / ISBN 13: 9780760345146
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Title: Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's ...

Publisher: Motorbooks

Binding: Hardcover

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Num Pages: 224 pages, 200 color. BIC Classification: WGCB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 284 x 253 x 24. Weight in Grams: 1620. . 2014. Reprint. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780760345146

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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


Welcome to a sample of the Brothers Collection. This project evolved out of my friendship with photographer extraordinaire Randy Leffingwell and the two brothers who own the cars featured in this book. The brothers probably own the most comprehensive collection of muscle cars in the world, and we selected what I think is a pretty nice cross-section of them to feature for Top Muscle. This is a great way to share some of the rarest cars in the world and to give people a chance to enjoy Randy?s amazing photography. I first learned of Randy years ago when he wrote and photographed a book called American Muscle, which featured the amazing cars of Otis Chandler. After that I actually met him when he was in my town photographing antique tractors. A book on American barns and a book on Porsche followed. I remember Randy shooting pics of my 1997 911 Porsche Turbo while sitting in a tiny chair attached to the trailer hitch of his car. The chair was about 8 inches off the ground, and he drove all around on country roads with me following behind as Randy shot rolls of film while in that tiny chair. Randy is a dedicated photographer and the first guy I thought of when it was time to share some of this amazing collection in print. I first met the brothers a few years ago when I stored a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am convertible they had just purchased from the original owner in San Francisco. It was kind of all downhill from there. If you are a car guy, you are a car guy, and the brothers love cars. They don?t just have a handful of muscle cars to showcase?we are talking about several hundred cars in the collection. Ever seen a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am convertible? The Brothers own four. Or how about eight Hemi Cuda or Challenger converts? They even have a pair of 1957 factory supercharged Ford Rancheros. They are semi-private people who have allowed me to weasel my way into their lives; hopefully I haven?t made them regret that they ever met me. They feel it?s important to share these cars, though, and not just keep them hidden away forever as happens to some cars when they go into collections. There are plans for a semi-public museum in the future, but in the meantime we get to see some of their cars in books, at shows, online, and elsewhere. Please enjoy the Brothers Collection, as well as the amazing photography of Randy Leffingwell.

CARS INCLUDED: GENERAL MOTORS: 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 | 1965 Chevrolet Z16 Chevelle Malibu SS396 | 1968 Yenko Super Camaro | 1969 Douglass-Yenko Super Camaro | 1970 Chevrolet LS6 Chevelle SS454 | 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible | 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible | 1969 Pontiac Trans Am convertible | 1970-1/2 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV | MOPAR / AMC: 1970 AMC Javelin Trans Am | 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona | 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi | 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi convertible | 1963 Plymouth Sport Fury 426 Max Wedge | 1969 Plymouth A12 Road runner 440-6 | 1970 Plymouth Superbird | 1971 Plymouth ?Cuda Hemi convertible | 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi | FORD - MERCUARY - SHELBY: 1966 Ford Lightweight 427 Fairlane | 1966 Ford Galaxie hardtop 500 XL R-Code | 1968 Shelby GT500KR | 1969 Ford Mustang 390 Mach 1 | 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | 1970 Ford Torino Cobra 429 SCJ Drag Pack convertible | 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E 427 |

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