Factory-built concept cars tantalize auto enthusiasts with wild styling and futuristic features while at the same time providing direction for future automotive development. A new reference from Mitchel J. Frumkin and Phil Hall features more than 650 rarely seen domestic concept cars from the 1930s to present. Published by Krause Publications, “American Dream Cars: 60 Years of the Best Concept Vehicles” offers a visual history of these wonderful and sometimes wacky experimental machines.
“American Dream Cars: 60 Years of the Best Concept Vehicles” arranges the dream, concept and show vehicles according to manufacturer, including General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation and Independent makes. Manufacturers are introduced with historical background, as well as tracking major production and styling changes. Entries include photographs of these rarely seen vehicles and concise descriptions of features and integrated technology.
Vehicle coverage begins with the 1939 Buick Y-Job and extends to the 2002 fuel cell propelled concept cars and light-duty trucks. Some of the more outlandish vehicles highlighted in the 32-page color section include the 1959 Firebird III, 2002 AUTOnomy, 1995 Synergy 2010, 1959 Cella I, 1960 XNR and 1988 Slingshot.
The authors write in the Introduction, “‘American Dream Cars’ is an attempt to corral as many dream, concept, and show cars as possible from the domestic automobile manufacturers. While hundreds are covered in this volume, many more dazzled and sometimes dumbfounded the public over the past nearly 65 years. In this book are hundreds of chances to dream, relive memories, and just get lost in what can be a wonderful, wacky, and in between world of automobiles, trucks, and vehicles.”

BOOK AT A GLANCE

Title: “American Dream Cars: 60 Years of the Best Concept Vehicles”

Author: Mitchel J. Frumkin &
Phil Hall

Publisher: Krause Publications

Description: features more than 650 rarely seen domestic concept cars from the 1930s to present

Pages: 350

Photos: 1,200 b&w photos with 32-page color section

Cover: Soft

Size: 8.5” x 11”

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 0-87349-491-1

To Order: Contact Krause Publications, PR02, PO Box 5009, Iola, WI 54945-5009 or (800) 258-0929 or www.krausebooks.com.
Frumkin is a trusted authority in the automotive field. He has written five other auto-related books, including “Classic Muscle Car Advertising” and “World Greatest Auto Show,” both through Krause Publications. He served for 14 years as director of research and development for all “Consumer Guide” auto books and magazines and Collectible Automobile magazines. He is the founder of Drive Communications, which provides evaluation reports on new cars and photography to buyers’ guides and web sites, develops new book projects and organizes automotive archives. Frumkin is also the creator, writer and artist for the ongoing “Mad Man” Mitch automotive trivia series, featured in various publications and on Internet sites. He lives in the Chicago area and is available for interviews.
Hall has written about motor vehicles of all types for nearly 40 years. He has been a contributor to Old Cars Weekly for more than 30 years, as well as a racetrack announcer and avid collector of automotive photographs, press kits and sales literature.
“American Dream Cars: 60 Years of the Best Concept Vehicles” can be purchased from major bookstores (ISBN 0-87349-491-1) or directly from the publisher, Krause Publications, Book Department PR02, PO Box 5009, Iola, WI 54945-5009, for $24.95 plus $4 shipping of the first book and $2.25 for each additional book. Residents of the following states please add appropriate sales tax: Calif., Iowa, Ill., N.J., Pa., Tenn., Va. and Wis. Non-U.S. addresses pay $20.95 shipping for the first book and $5.95 for each additional book. Contact Krause Publications at (800) 258-0929, or visit online at www.krausebooks.com.

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