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New Encyclopedia of Collector Cars Published

Monday, January 23, 2012

<em>The Hemmings Motor News Illustrated Collector-Car Encyclopedia</em> is an exhaustively compiled visual guide to the automobile, starting from its earliest years and running through the oddball collector models of the ’80s. Its listings include profiles of all the domestic and international automobile companies, coachbuilders, designers, stylists and the industry pioneers. The detailed listings also describe the many different components that make up engines, transmissions, differentials, suspensions, brakes and ignition systems, as well as wheels, tires, interiors, lighting and more. For those who want to get even deeper in the weeds, chapters on tools, machinery, paint, museums, concours, restoration, hot rodding, racing, toys and art all combine to make this the single most comprehensive automotive encyclopedia ever published.

The book allows you to choose your special era -- brass, classic, pre-war, ’50s, ’60s and the ’70s. Even the big-hair years of the ’80s are covered, though that surely wasn’t autodom’s finest hour. The good news is you don’t have to be a craved collector to enjoy the book. It’s written in a basic, easy-to-understand format so it will be simple to comprehend for those who are new to the old-car hobby. Most of its several thousand entries are illustrated with photography or line drawings to give the reader a clear, concise understanding of what the individual subject is all about.

We expect the nearly 300-page <em>Hemmings Motor News Illustrated Collector-Car Encyclopedia</em> will quickly become the main reference source for many car owners, collectors, dealers, historians, teachers and budding young car enthusiasts not only here in the United States but throughout the world as well. The book costs $14.95, and more information is available at 800-227-4373, ext. 79550.

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