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Ford USA cars: books - history, models and technology

A book on american Ford passenger cars? Here are books on the history, models and technology of Ford USA passenger cars.

Ford Station Wagons 1929-1991 - Photo History

The first station wagons were built to carry rail passengers and their luggage to and from the station and were called ''Depot Hacks.'' By the 1950s station wagons had become a common feature of suburban living.

From the Model T to the Pinto Cruising Wagon, this book chronicles Ford's entrees in this field. Included is a model history for each year with available options, production figures and more. A must have for all Ford Station Wagon fans.

Author:Paul G. McLaughlin
Specs:120 pages, 23 x 18.5 x 0.9 cm / 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:130 b&w photographs
Publisher:Iconografix (USA, 2003)
Book: Ford Station Wagons 1929-1991 - Photo History

Ford Station Wagons 1929-1991

Language: English

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The Complete Book of Classic Ford and Mercury Muscle Cars 1961-1973

Though the Mustang remains Ford's most famous muscle car, the company had been building muscle cars since it introduced the sleek Fairlane and Galaxie models with optional 390 cubic-inch big-block V-8 engines in 1961.
These cars were part of Ford's Total Performance program, which tested cars in the crucible of racing at drag strips, oval circuits, European rally events, and road courses, resulting in legendary muscle cars like the Shelby Mustang, Boss 302 and 429 Mustangs, Mercury Cougar, Cyclone GT, and Spoiler.

"The Complete Book of Classic Ford and Mercury Muscle Cars" covers all of Ford Motor Company's high-performance muscle cars from the early 1960s to 1973. It's the bible of muscle every disciple of Ford performance needs.

Author:Donald Farr
Specs:176 pages, 28.5 x 24.5 x 1.9 cm / 11.2 x 9.7 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbooks International (USA, 2018)
Book: The Complete Book of Classic Ford and Mercury Muscle Cars 1961-1973

The Complete Book of Classic Ford and Mercury Muscle Cars 1961-1973

Language: English

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Kar Kraft : Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford s Specialty Vehicle Program

In 1963, Ford was seriously interested in purchasing Ferrari. Ferrari was a legendary brand with considerable success in racing, and Ford saw the acquisition as a great way to be instantly successful in the racing arena.
When Enzo Ferrari realized that Ford would not give him complete control of the racing program, he backed out of the deal late in the process.
Ford had spent millions in vetting and audits, which then set in motion a vengeful response against Ferrari. The result was the unthinkable: Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans.

Ford wanted to become competitive quickly, but it did not have the race history or resources in house. To remedy the situation, Ford searched the U.K. for an independent company to help accelerate its race car development. It first settled on Lola Cars and set up Ford Advanced Vehicles.
Later, Ford brought its LeMans effort to the U.S. and the Kar-Kraft relationship was established. Although Kar-Kraft was technically an independent company, it really only had one customer: Ford Special Vehicles.

Kar-Kraft's story doesn't begin and end with the GT 40 that took the win away from Ferrari at Le Mans. Ford expanded upon the program and organized an all-out assault on racing in general. Cars were prepared for Trans-Am, NASCAR, NHRA, and Can-Am competition. Street versions of the Boss 429 were assembled under its roof. And fabled prototypes including the LID Mustang, Boss 302 Maverick, and Mach 2C were all assembled in Ford's contracted race shop. And then, out of the blue, its doors closed for good on a cold day in 1970.

History tells us that Ford won Le Mans, the Daytona 500, and the Trans-Am championship. But it doesn't tell us how this was accomplished. Author Charlie Henry (a former Kar-Kraft employee) has enlisted the help of many of his former co-workers to bring you the very first book ever published on Ford's all-encompassing special projects facility, Kar-Kraft.

Author:Charlie Henry
Specs:192 pages, 26.5 x 26.5 x 1.8 cm / 10.4 x 10.4 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:196 b&w and 136 colour photographs
Publisher:CarTech Inc (USA, 2017)
Book: Kar Kraft : Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford s Specialty Vehicle Program

Kar Kraft : Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford s Specialty Vehicle Program

Language: English

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Henri Ford - Le parcours d'un visionnaire

L'on connait le rôle primordial de Henry Ford (1863-1947) dans la mondialisation démocratique de l'automobile, En 1920 pas moins de 55 % des voitures construits dans le monde sont des Ford.
Depuis cette date les chiffres impressionnants se succèdent, lors de la célébration de son centenaire en 2003, l'entreprise avait déjà fabriquée 300 000 000 automobiles, et le Ford Type F lancé en 1948, toujours en production de nos jours, totalise à lui seul 32 000 000 d'unités.
Mais on ignore trop souvent les autres activités très en avance sur son temps de ce pionnier doté d'une personnalité atypique et iconoclaste dans d'autres domaines liées ou non à l'automobile, et c'est bien la l'idée maitresse de cet ouvrage.

Les chapitres :
1 - Henry Ford,
2 - Edsel Ford (son fils président de l'entreprise dès 1919)
3 - Les hommes de l'équipe,
4 - Sur l'eau aussi (fabrication de bâtiments de guerre en série)
5 - Les travaux de recherches (dossier mécanique)
6 - Les "vagabonds" (Henry et ses très célèbres amis, y compris le Président desEtats-Unis font du camping dans les forets),
7 - Les nouvelles tendances (stylisme)
8 - Henry the "Show-Man" ( les pavillons des Foires Internationales)
9 - Henry Ford l'avionneur,
10 - Des ateliers à la campagne
11 - Les usines Ford,
12 - Henry connait la musique et...la danse !
13 - La Ford en matière plastique de...soja

Author:Patrick Lesueur
Specs:192 pages, 29 x 24 cm / 11.4 x 9 in, hardback
Illustrations:350 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2014)
Book: Henri Ford - Le parcours d'un visionnaire

Henri Ford - Le parcours d'un visionnaire

Language: French

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Edsel Ford and E.T.Gregorie - The Remarkable Design Team and Their Classic Fords of the 1930s and 1940s

The Remarkable Design Team and Their Classic Fords of the 1930s and 1940s
The relationship that developed between Edsel Ford and E.T. "Bob" Gregorie (Ford Motor Company's first design chief) was unique in automotive history. Gregorie leaned heavily on Edsel for his support and protection, and Edsel depended on Gregorie for his creative abilities.
This is the first book to provide in-depth analysis of how the early Fords, Mercurys and Lincolns were designed. Based on first hand discussions with Gregorie, author Henry Dominguez covers every major design of Gregorie's career.

Automotive historians have listed the 1936 Zephyr, 1938 Zephyr, and 1939 Continental as Gregorie's greatest achievements. This book details the hows and whys of every Ford product designed under his tutelage.

Contents:
- Foreword
- Preface
- Introduction
1) Mr. Gregorie and Mr. Ford - Designer and Patron
2) Ford Hires a Designer - "I've Been in Body Design - at Brewster"
3) Edsel Ford - Styling Executive
4) The Ford Model Y - Gregorie's First Ford Design
5) The 1933 and 1934 Fords - "Like a Man's Face"
6) The Continental Car I - "Long, Low, and Rakish"
7) The Continental Car II - Lower and Longer
8) The 1936 Lincoln-Zephyr - "The First Successfully - Streamlined Car in America"
9) The Continental Car III - "I Like Right-Hand-Drive Cars"
10) The Ford Design Department - "Anything the Boy Wants"
11) The 1935 - 1937 Fords - Years of Transition
12) The 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr - "It's Going to Ruin Us"
13) The 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr - Continental - "The Most Beautiful Car - in the World"
14) The 1938 - 1940 Fords - "From an Old Car to a New Car"
15) The 1939 Mercury - "Just a Stylized Ford"
16) The 1941 - 1948 Fords and - Mercurys - "That Hangdog Look"
17) Postwar Development - "A Little Ford and a Big Ford"
18) The 1949 Mercury and Lincoln - The Last Hurrah
19) The End of an Era - "...An Extended Vacation"
- Bibliography
- Index
- About the Author

Author:Henry Dominguez
Specs:333 pages, 24 x 26.5 x 3.2 cm / 9 x 10.4 x 1.26 in, hardback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:SAE International (USA, 1999)
Book: Edsel Ford and E.T.Gregorie - The Remarkable Design Team and Their Classic Fords of the 1930s and 1940s

Edsel Ford and E.T.Gregorie - The Remarkable Design Team and Their Classic Fords of the 1930s and 1940s

Language: English

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Edsel - The Story of Henry Ford's Forgotten Son

Carefully crafted from thousands of Ford archives, written interviews, and first-hand accounts told by people who knew the man, "Edsel: The Story of Henry Ford's Forgotten Son", brings into focus the remarkable life of Edsel Ford.

The book chronicle's Edsel's life from his early days of growing up in and around his father's company, through the controversy of his World War I draft notice and eventual exemption, the design change from the Model T to the Model A, and the creation of the Ford Foundation. Twenty-seven chapters in all help to shed light on the life of a man who preferred to spend most of his life out of the limelight.

Author:Henry Dominguez
Specs:470 pages, 23 x 15.5 cm / 9.1 x 6.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:illustrated
Publisher:SAE International (USA, 2002)
Book: Edsel - The Story of Henry Ford's Forgotten Son

Edsel - The Story of Henry Ford's Forgotten Son

Language: English

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Ford Dynasty - A Photographic History

Founded in 1903, Ford Motor Company has enormously impacted the history and development of America, and the world, in the 20th century. What began as a small operation in a converted Detroit wagon factory has become the second largest industrial manufacturing corporation in the world, with active operations on six continents.
Unlike other automotive corporations, the Ford company has remained under the control and active management of its founding family for 100 years. Like the Kennedys, Vanderbilts, and Roosevelts, the Ford family has made an irreversible impact on American history and society.

Through a collection of over 200 images, "Ford Dynasty" tells the story of one extraordinary American family, their company, and its accomplishments over the course of a century.

Author:Michael W.R. Davis, James K. Wagner
Specs:200 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:200 b&w photographs
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing (USA, 2002)
Book: Ford Dynasty - A Photographic History

Ford Dynasty - A Photographic History

Language: English

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Ford Postwar Flatheads 1946-1953

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English | paperback | 128 p. | 2002

Ford Sportsman - Includes Mercury 1946-1948

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Fords of the Fifties

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