Here at Super Chevy, we love it when a new muscle car book ends up on our desk, books like “The All-American Muscle Car.” We really like the way it's written and the awesome photographs, but were seriously unimpressed by the lack of Chevys!
With contributing authors including Joe Oldham, Jim Wangers, and David Newhardt, “The All-American Muscle Car” touches on almost all of the highlights throughout “the birth, death, and resurrection of Detroit’s greatest performance cars.”
"When John Z. DeLorean and his cadre of enthusiastic miscreants took it upon themselves to bolt Pontiac division’s hottest engine into a mid-sized chassis, disobeying orders from the top of General Motors’ food chain, they created something that should never have been and will never be again: the muscle car,” writes Darwin Holmstrom in the book’s introduction.
The book scans the birth of the muscle car and pony car through the use of pictures and old advertisements, before moving onto muscle car “enhancers” and the modern era of muscle cars.
“So what can be gained by looking back at the last forty years of muscle car values with perfect 20/20 hindsight? Quite a bit. Like our fictional folklore character, the best muscle cars fell from grace when they became “just used cars,” then slowly but surely they escaped the seedy underworld, met the challenges and physical impediments thrown at them, and were able to return to the world of collectibles as heroes,” writes Colin Comer at the conclusion of the book.
If you're a fan of muscle cars in general, you definitely won’t regret adding this book to your shelf. Diehard Chevy enthusiasts may want to bypass this one and look for a book that's more geared towards the Bow Tie lover.