365 Cars You Must Drive

365 Cars You Must Drive

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What began as a solution for transportation has evolved into a desire for speed, luxury, personal expression, and freedom. For many, the thrill of the drive has eclipsed the pure utility of the automobile. And the pursuit of that thrill is the driving force behind 365 Cars You Must Drive. From the Ford Model T to the Porsche Carrera GT, there are certain cars that any self-respecting auto enthusiast just has to know--and experience from the driver's seat.

With homage to the greatest cars and good-natured mockery of the strangest, authors Matt Stone and John Matras detail which cars to drive and why, how to get behind the wheel, where to drive them, and who to invite along for the ride. Each entry contains a colorful spec box noting the car's claim to fame, a Did You Know? factoid, the author's clever suggestions for "The Perfect Passenger" and the "Soundtrack" coming out of the speakers, Behind the Wheel notes, and a "Perfect Drive" for the marque or model covered. Engine details, production information, the price when it debuted and the collectible price now - all of it adds up to at-a-glance fun reading to go with informative essays on each car, archival and full-color photos, and more.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 165 x 210 x 19mm | 835g
  • Wisconsin, United States
  • English
  • Color Ill: 646, B&W Ill: 1
  • 076032414X
  • 9780760324141
  • 1,015,479

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Imagine if you could drive a different car--any car--every single day for a whole year. How would you choose? Where would you drive it? What would you play on the radio? Who would you take along for the ride?The 365 cars profiled in these pages range from objects of obsession to ridicule and represent the 365 most beautiful, outrageous, wretched, underappreciated, and exciting vehicles to grace our roadways since the inception of the automobile. Authors Matt Stone and John Matras have set out--with a touch of reverence and a tank full of humor--to vividly describe each car's history, its significance, and what it's hiding beneath the hood--or deck lid, as the case may be.Did your dream car make the list? Go ahead. Flip through the pages and look for your favorites. Better yet, take it one step further. Accept the challenge: See how many you would want to drive . . . and how many you can.
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What began as a solution for transportation has evolved into a desire for speed, luxury, personal expression, and freedom. For many, the thrill of the drive has eclipsed the pure utility of the automobile. And the pursuit of that thrill is the driving force behind 365 Cars You Must Drive." From the Ford Model T to the Porsche Carrera GT, there are certain cars that any self-respecting auto enthusiast just has to know--and experience from the driver's seat. With homage to the greatest cars and good-natured mockery of the strangest, authors Matt Stone and John Matras detail which cars to drive and why, how to get behind the wheel, where to drive them, and who to invite along for the ride. What are you waiting for? Get out there and DRIVE!
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Review quote

Classic & Sports Car (UK), December 2006
"A good mix of images accompany text that crams in the information without being heavy: we particularly liked accompanying panels listing the ideal soundtrack, perfect passenger and the best place to drive each car." Shropshire Star (UK), Oct. 20, 2006
"Car nuts will love it." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 23, 2006
"Whether you agree with the selection of cars or not ... you'll enjoy the brief thumbnail sketches and beautiful photography and reproduction of advertisements that run all through this book ... A lot of it is tongue in cheek, of course, but always great fun. It's a blast to simply imagine yourself behind the wheel of some of these obscure, and not so obscure, cars and trucks."
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About Matt Stone

Matt Stone (Glendale, CA), former executive editor of Motor Trend magazine, has been a professional automotive journalist and photographer since 1985. He is the author and photographer of several books, including Motorbooks' best-selling 365 Cars You Must Drive (2006), My First Car (2011), McQueen's Machines (2010), and McQueen's Motorcycles (2017). He is the co-author, with Preston Lerner, of Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2014) and History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed (2014).

John Matras began writing about cars in 1980 and became a full-time automotive journalist in 1988. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and Road & Track, and he takes the blame for the website carbuzzard.com. He was the 1995 recipient of the prestigious Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Washington Automotive Press Association\u2019s Golden Quill Award. Matras lives in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

Dan Gurney is one of the most important figures in the history of American auto racing and is one of only five American drivers to win a Formula One Grand Prix. and the only one to win in a car of his own manufacture. Gurney also won races in the Indy Car, NASCAR, Can-Am, and Trans-Am Series.
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