Pontiac Firebird

The Auto-Biography

Author: Marc Cranswick

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 190370667X

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 1907

The detailed story of Pontiac's F-body coupe & convertible throughout three decades--from the height of the personal car/sporty car era of the late sixties, through the fuel crisis/safety first seventies, eighties renaissance and nineties indifference.

Pontiac Firebird - The Auto-Biography

New 3rd Edition

Author: Marc Cranswick

Publisher: Veloce Publishing

ISBN: 9781787110038

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 3838

Over a 40 year period the Pontiac Firebird has earned a unique place amongst speedy domestic cars. What started out as another contender in the "me too" Mustang pony car race ended up becoming so much more. Only Pontiac could have come up with a coupe like the Firebird, and it was the Firebird that kept the performance fires burning once the mighty GTO was gone. The Firebird has garnered a reputation for being larger than life and many have come to view it as a large car, but that was not always the case. Pontiac's Firebird was originally a small US car, classified as a sport compact. In the days when people used the terms personal car and specialty car the Firebird wasn't even all that big. However, after the first major gas crunch viewpoints altered. One thing that didn't change was Pontiac's commitment to keeping their Bird flying high. The Firebird altered significantly through its lifetime, reflecting general changes and trends in the auto world at large. The Firebird's tale reflects the development of the mainstream domestic car in the modern era. V8s, turbo V8s, turbo V6s, HO V6s, overhead cam I6s and even a Super Duty four banger. If there's a performance avenue to be explored then the Firebird has been there, and Pontiac never quite gave up on the hope of using a transaxle. Popular with car fans and in the sales charts, the Firebird has had a high profile both in television and at the movies. The Pontiac Firebird has also received its fair share of attention from hot-rod shops, tuners and car customizers. As per Pontiac tradition the Firebird delivered what folks expected in the real world. Even during the lean years the Firebird kept the 400 cube 4 speed dream alive when others had moved on to paint and tape specials. Fast cars didn't die out in 1973, they just started wearing the "Screamin Chicken" on their hoods. As a collector car the Firebird has all the credentials. A strong fan base, wide variety of power train and trim options, various low volume and commemorative models, and a healthy helping of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. A number of Firebird models are already valuable classics, but certain younger versions can be counted on as some of the fastest appreciating collector cars of today and tomorrow. The Firebird legend just gets bigger. From the go faster 1960s, gas mileage and pollution controlled 1970s, performance renaissance of the 1980s, through to the indifference of the 1990s. The Firebird was always there, this is its story. Cutting edge research and over 320 photos bring this in-depth, incredibly detailed story to life. This edition feature an extra 40 images and new text.

Pontiac Firebird

50 Years

Author: David Newhardt

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760350426

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 1622

Celebrate 50 years of Pontiac's iconic muscle car. The early 1960s saw American auto manufacturers desperately trying to sell cars to the emerging baby-boom market. Pontiac attained success with its original muscle car, the GTO, but as successful as the GTO was, it was handily outsold by Ford's grand-slam home-run pony car, the Mustang. In response, Pontiac entered the pony car market in 1967, its new Firebird, a model that became one of the most iconic cars of the classic muscle-car era. Eventually the top Firebird model, the Trans Am, became the standard bearer for automotive performance in the U.S. market, kept the muscle car flame alive throughout the dark years of the 1970s and led the charge when performance reemerged in the 1980s. Pontiac Firebird: 50 Years chronicles the Firebird's rich history, from the early attempts to reach the youth market in the early 1960s, through the potent and turbulent years of the classic muscle car era, the resurgence of muscle in the 1980s, to the car's continued popularity today.

Standard Catalog of Firebird 1967-2002

Author: John Gunnell

Publisher: Krause Publications

ISBN: 9780873494946

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 9989

Embrace the thundering horsepower of Firebird in this full-color reference featuring comprehensive coverage of every Firebird built from 1967 to 2002. Listings for more than 725 models provide vehicle descriptions, serial number explanations, original price and weight charts, equipment and available production data, engine details, historical facts, VIN information, and collector values from Old Cars Price Guide for 1967 to 1995 models. Covers all 35 years of production.

Making a Morgan

17 days of craftmanship: step-by-step from specification sheet to finished car

Author: Andreas Hensing,Dagmar Hensing

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 184584873X

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 827

The authors spent seventeen days at the Morgan factory in Pickersleigh Road, Malvern Link recording step-by-step – from customer’s specification sheet to finished car – how individual craftsmen handbuild a Morgan. Follow this amazing journey through the factory, from craftsman to craftsman, by word and picture.

Automotive Mascots

A Collector’s Guide to British Marque, Corporate & Accessory Mascots

Author: David Kay,Lynda Springate

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1845847857

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 998

A full colour guide to British radiator and accessory mascots of 1896 to 1960 compiled by two leading experts in the field. Packed with information and stunning pictures, this comprehensive guide is a must for collectors and would-be collectors. As well as detailing the authors' collecting experiences, the book tells the reader how to get started, where to buy and - very importantly - how to spot fakes. 54 British marque mascots are covered, as are mascots produced by corporations such as ICI and the accessory mascots which owners could purchase to individualise their cars

Mercedes-Benz SL W113 Series


Author: Brian Long

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1845843045

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 4354

This detailed and beautifully illustrated book covers the Mercedes-Benz W113 series, which ran from 1963 to 1971. Written by a highly regarded motoring writer, with many years' ownership of the Mercedes SL and SLC behind him, this is the definitive study of the subject. All models and major world markets are looked at, along with competition history. Extensive appendices cover engine specifications, chassis numbers, build numbers, and so on.

Car Guys vs. Bean Counters

The Battle for the Soul of American Business

Author: Bob Lutz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101516027

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 3267

A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that's starting to turn General Motors around. In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow. The car guys held sway, and GM dominated with bold, creative leadership and iconic brands like Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC, and Chevrolet. But then GM's leadership began to put their faith in analysis, determined to eliminate the "waste" and "personality worship" of the bygone creative leaders. Management got too smart for its own good. With the bean counters firmly in charge, carmakers (and much of American industry) lost their single-minded focus on product excellence. Decline followed. Lutz's commonsense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace. From the Hardcover edition.

Mazda Rotary-engined Cars

From Cosmo 110S to RX-8

Author: Marc Cranswick

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1845849434

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

View: 4012

The complete history of Mazda’s rotary engine-powered vehicles, from Cosmo 110S to RX-8. Charting the challenges, sporting triumphs, and critical reactions to a new wave of sports sedans, wagons, sports cars ... and trucks!

Automotive Atrocities

Cars You Love to Hate

Author: Eric Peters

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760317877

Category: Transportation

Page: 127

View: 2609

Presents the author's picks for the most poorly designed, ill-conceived, and ugly automobiles, including the Yugo GV, the Ford Pinto, the AMC Pacer, the Chevy Chevette, and the Delorean DMC-12.

Acura NSX

Honda's Supercar

Author: Brian Long

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1904788432

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 2157

The definitive story of Honda's amazing supercar, the NSX

Automotive News

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Automobiles

Page: N.A

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Global Pirates

Fraud in the Offshore Insurance Industry

Author: Robert Tillman

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781555535056

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 174

View: 3427

In 1990, a congressional subcommittee warned of "financial knaves and buccaneers" in the insurance industry-unlicensed and largely unregulated companies that operate out of countries like Antigua and the Cayman Islands and sell hundreds of millions of dollars in worthless insurance policies to unsuspecting Americans every year. Increasingly, when a fire, car accident, or medical emergency strikes, policyholders suddenly find themselves victims of a global con game as phone calls are not returned and claim settlements fail to materialize, resulting in financial ruin if not physical harm. Robert Tillman portrays the often surreal world of the burgeoning offshore insurance industry; a world in which sophisticated white-collar criminals operate beyond the reach of government regulators to set up elaborately orchestrated scams that drain illegal profits out of the $3 trillion U.S. insurance market. He also describes how the new global economy allows these scam artists to take advantage of rapidly changing financial markets and the regulatory environments that surround them. Drawing on congressional hearings, court documents, published articles, and interviews with law enforcement officials, Tillman uses numerous case studies to illustrate degrees of insurance fraud: simply ignoring auto, medical liability, and worker compensation claims while citing NAFTA exemptions to local regulations; selling bogus policies to businesses in "redlined," low-income neighborhoods and to high-risk drivers abandoned by legitimate auto insurers; and falsifying multinational subsidiaries, assets, and even identities of company principals. He examines how "fantasy islands" are created, explores emerging connections between offshore entities and money laundering, drug cartels, and organized crime, and discusses how outlaw insurers evade prosecution by setting up complex financial networks that crisscross national boundaries. Tillman's timely analysis of this rapidly growing transnational criminal activity concludes with solid recommendations for steps that governments can take to protect their citizens from global insurance fraud.

The Complete Book of Corvette

Every Model Since 1953

Author: Mike Mueller

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 0760341400

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 368

View: 4122

An accessibly priced, revised edition of an extensively illustrated, officially licensed guide to the first six generations of Corvette models shares in-depth coverage of each prototype and experimental model as well as the anniversary and pace cars and specialty packages for street and competition driving. Original.

The Fish Doctor: Autobiography of a World Fish Parasitologist

Autobiography of a World Fish Parasitologist

Author: Glenn Hoffman

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1609620062

Category: Parasitologists

Page: 160

View: 5637

Described in 1986 as "a living legend," Glenn Hoffman was one of the world's foremost authorities on the parasites of fishes. This books narrates his life and 65-year professional career as a scientist, researcher, ambassador, colleague, and family man. Born in 1918 to "hard working Iowa farm folks," Dr. Hoffman grew up trapping and fishing for fun and profit. At the University of Iowa, he majored in zoology and worked for the Iowa State Conservation Department. From 1942 through 1946, he served in the U.S. Army as a lab technician, bacteriologist, and parasitologist in France, England, Germany, and Belgium. He returned to Iowa to earn his PhD in 1950, and taught at the University of North Dakota 19501957. From 1958 to 1975 he worked at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services Eastern Fish Disease Laboratory in Leestown, WV, and then at the U.S. Fish Culture Station in Stuttgart, Arkansas, until his retirement in 1985. He was the author of four major books and more than 100 articles on the causes, spread, and cures of parasite-related diseases in fish, including Parasites of North American Freshwater Fishes (1967, 2nd ed. 1999), called "the bible of American fish parasitology." His work and his generosity in collaboration developed an international following, and he made many trips abroad to share his expertise and receive the honors earned from his wide-ranging research and publication work. Personal, insightful, and reflective, this autobiography gives a glimpse inside the mind of a American scientist of the first rank.

Chrysler Concept Cars 1940-1970

Author: David Fetherston,Tony Thacker

Publisher: Cartech Incorporated

ISBN: 9781932494709

Category: Transportation

Page: 142

View: 2984

Chrysler Concept Cars 1940-1970 follows the design, development, and creation of almost 50 Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth concept cars during the automotive industrys golden postwar years, when Chrysler set the Detroit Style. Readers get an inside look not only at the styling of the cars, but also of the performance developments and engineers unique ideas. The book features interviews, profiles, and references to the work of famous Chrysler automotive designers and engineers including Virgil Exner, Chuck Mashigan, Dana Waterman, Elwood P. Engel, John Herlitz, and Jack Charipar.

The Millionaire Next Door

The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Author: Thomas J. Stanley,William D. Danko

Publisher: Government Institutes

ISBN: 1589795474

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 8990

This bestselling resource identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. The new edition, the first since 1998, includes a new Foreword for the 21st century by Dr. Stanley.


Pontiac's Great One

Author: Darwin Holmstrom,David Newhardt

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 161060945X

Category: Transportation

Page: 336

View: 4258

In 1963 Pontiac's Chief Engineer John DeLorean and his two favorite staff engineers, Bill Collins and Russ Gee, came up with an inspired way to keep Pontiac cars in the performance limelight: bolt a big engine into Pontiac's upcoming Tempest intermediate body. Thus was the GTO born. Through cunning, resourcefulness, and outright trickery the minds of Pontiac managed to get this rocket into dealerships and out onto America's highways, and to introduce that most iconic of American automobiles, the muscle car, to the nation’s most discriminating drivers.This is the story of the GTO, of the people who made it a reality and a sales sensation, of those who owned and loved the cars. With color photographs, drawings, and detailed stats, this book is not so much the story of a historic car as an illustrated biography of American muscle.DIVSee Motorbooks author David Newhardt interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jays-book-club-david-newhardt/1174466//div