Preston Tucker And His Battle To Build The Car Of Tomorrow

Preston Tucker And His Battle To Build The Car Of Tomorrow

Preston Tucker And His Battle To Build The Car Of Tomorrow

In the wake of World War II, the U.S. automobile industry was fully unprepared to meet the growing demands of the public, for whom they had not made any cars for years. In stepped Preston Tucker, a salesman extraordinaire who announced the building of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car, which would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match, captured the interest of the public, and automakers in Detroit took notice. Here, author Steve Lehto tackles Tucker's amazing story, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date. It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker's magnificent car and his battles with the government. And in this book, Lehto finally answers the question automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades: exactly how and why the production of such an innovative car was killed.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Steve Lehto
Publisher : Chicago Review Press
Release : 2016-07-01
Total Pages : 272 Pages
ISBN : 9781613749562


Chrysler S Turbine Car

Chrysler S Turbine Car

Offering a behind-the-scenes look into the world of automotive research and development in the 1960s, this engaging narrative traces the birth of Chrysler’s alternative “jet” car and reveals the story behind its sudden and mysterious demise. Relying on extensive research and firsthand accounts from surviving members of the turbine car program—including the metallurgist who created the exotic metals for the engine and the test driver who drove it at Chrysler's proving grounds—this chronicle documents the bold development of an automobile with a jet turbine engine. In addition to running well on virtually any flammable liquid—including kerosene, vodka, heating oil, and Chanel N°5 perfume—the pioneering engines had one fifth the number of moving parts and required less maintenance than conventional engines. Despite the fleet’s amazing performance over millions of miles by test drivers, Chrysler pulled the plug on the project and crushed almost all of the cars. The reasons behind the surprising end to the jet car fleet are finally explained here.

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Genre : Transportation
Author : Steve Lehto
Publisher : Chicago Review Press
Release : 2010-10-01
Total Pages : 224 Pages
ISBN : 1569767718


Design And Destiny

Design And Destiny

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Genre : Transportation
Author : Philip S. Egan
Publisher : On the Mark Publications
Release : 1989
Total Pages : 143 Pages
ISBN : UOM:39015021974806


More Than They Promised

More Than They Promised

This lavishly illustrated book (86 integrated illustrations) is the complete story of the Studebaker company from its beginnings to its end in 1966.

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Genre : Transportation
Author : Thomas E. Bonsall
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Release : 2000
Total Pages : 488 Pages
ISBN : 0804735867


The Dodge Brothers

The Dodge Brothers

At the start of the Ford Motor Company in 1903, the Dodge Brothers supplied nearly every car part needed by the up-and-coming auto giant. After fifteen years of operating a successful automotive supplier company, much to Ford’s advantage, John and Horace Dodge again changed the face of the automotive market in 1914 by introducing their own car. The Dodge Brothers automobile carried on their names even after their untimely deaths in 1920, with the company then remaining in the hands of their widows until its sale in 1925 to New York bankers and subsequent purchase in 1928 by Walter Chrysler. The Dodge nameplate has endured, but despite their achievements and their critical role in the early success of Henry Ford, John and Horace Dodge are usually overlooked in histories of the early automotive industry. Charles K. Hyde’s book The Dodge Brothers: The Men, the Motor Cars, and the Legacy is the first scholarly study of the Dodge brothers and their company, chronicling their lives—from their childhood in Niles, Michigan, to their long years of learning the machinist’s trade in Battle Creek, Port Huron, Detroit, and Windsor, Ontario—and examining their influence on automotive manufacturing and marketing trends in the early part of the twentieth century. Hyde details the brothers’ civic contributions to Detroit, their hiring of minorities and women, and their often anonymous charitable contributions to local organizations. Hyde puts the Dodge brothers’ lives and accomplishments in perspective by indicating their long-term influence, which has continued long after their deaths. The most complete and accurate resource on John and Horace Dodge available, The Dodge Brothers uses sources that have never before been examined. Its scholarly approach and personal tone make this book appealing for automotive historians as well as car enthusiasts and those interested in Detroit’s early development.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Charles K. Hyde
Publisher : Wayne State University Press
Release : 2005
Total Pages : 251 Pages
ISBN : 0814332463


Disaster In Dearborn

Disaster In Dearborn

Tells the disastrous story of the design and development of the Edsel, with insights into this spectacular failure of the automobile industry to sell a car that it had marketed extensively.

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Genre : Transportation
Author : Thomas E. Bonsall
Publisher : Stanford University Press
Release : 2002
Total Pages : 230 Pages
ISBN : 0804746540


Lost Car Companies Of Detroit

Lost Car Companies Of Detroit

Among more than two hundred auto companies that tried their luck in the Motor City, just three remain: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. But many of those lost to history have colorful stories worth telling. For instance, J.J. Cole forgot to put brakes in his new auto, so on the first test run, he had to drive it in circles until it ran out of gas. Brothers John and Horace Dodge often trashed saloons during wild evenings but used their great personal wealth to pay for the damage the next day (if they could remember where they had been). David D. Buick went from being the founder of his own leading auto company to working the information desk at the Detroit Board of Trade. Author Alan Naldrett explores these and more tales of automakers who ultimately failed but shaped the industry and designs putting wheels on the road today.

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Genre : Transportation
Author : Alan Naldrett
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Release : 2016-01-25
Total Pages : 144 Pages
ISBN : 9781625856494


Fins

Fins

The New York Times bestselling author of Bitter Brew chronicles the birth and rise to greatness of the American auto industry through the remarkable life of Harley Earl, an eccentric six-foot-five, stuttering visionary who dropped out of college and went on to invent the profession of automobile styling, thereby revolutionized the way cars were made, marketed, and even imagined. Harleys Earl’s story qualifies as a bona fide American family saga. It began in the Michigan pine forest in the years after the Civil War, traveled across the Great Plains on the wooden wheels of a covered wagon, and eventually settled in a dirt road village named Hollywood, California, where young Harley took the skills he learned working in his father’s carriage shop and applied them to designing sleek, racy-looking automobile bodies for the fast crowd in the burgeoning silent movie business. As the 1920s roared with the sound of mass manufacturing, Harley returned to Michigan, where, at GM’s invitation, he introduced art into the rigid mechanics of auto-making. Over the next thirty years, he functioned as a kind of combination Steve Jobs and Tom Ford of his time, redefining the form and function of the country’s premier product. His impact was profound. When he retired as GM’s VP of Styling in 1958, Detroit reigned as the manufacturing capitol of the world and General Motors ranked as the most successful company in the history of business. Knoedelseder tells the story in ways both large and small, weaving the history of the company with the history of Detroit and the Earl family as Fins examines the effect of the automobile on America’s economy, culture, and national psyche.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : William Knoedelseder
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2018-09-18
Total Pages : 336 Pages
ISBN : 9780062289094


The New Lemon Law Bible

The New Lemon Law Bible

This is an update of the best selling "Lemon Law Bible," first published in 2000. Steve Lehto is a well-known attorney who has handled thousands of claims against automakers over defective automobiles. Here, he explains in plain English what you need to know to protect yourself as a consumer. Not just what to do after you have been ripped off, but how to protect yourself against getting ripped off. Includes full explanations of how the Lemon Laws work, as well as an overview of the court system and what to expect if litigation becomes necessary. Also: appendix of the lemon laws of all 50 states, as well as excerpts of the "Federal Lemon Law," and the Uniform Commercial Code. The author and his book have been featured on CNN and the BBC, and he has been quoted by the New York Times.

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Genre : Law
Author : Steve Lehto
Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
Release : 2011-12-30
Total Pages : 102 Pages
ISBN : 1468046489


The Studebaker Brothers

The Studebaker Brothers

*Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading "The automobile has come to stay. But when a man has no business, it is a rather expensive luxury, and I would advise no man, be he farmer or merchant, to buy one until he has sufficient income to keep it up. A horse and buggy will afford a great deal of enjoyment..." - John M. Studebaker For a couple of generations of Americans, along with Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors, there was Studebaker, and though it is no longer in existence, the Studebaker Automobile Company is still part of the popular culture. When a 1950s family is depicted on television today, the likelihood is that the family car is a Studebaker. The symbolic power of the Studebaker name was recently exemplified when South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Kris Maher, writing in The Wall Street Journal, noted "For decades, the biggest symbol of this Midwestern city's decline was the vacant Studebaker plant at one end of the city with its broken windows. Kevin Smith, a business owner in South Bend who bought the property to renovate it, said the empty relic was holding the city back. 'It looms over the town, ' he said. 'Everyone had the feeling that we could no longer compete. These days, some 40 organizations, including tech companies and a school that teaches coding to children, rent space on the 1.2 million-square-foot campus, including one building with an open floor plan and interior glass walls. Now called the Renaissance District, it is a symbol of the rebound in the state's fourth-largest city.'" Today, people have likely heard of the name Studebaker without realizing that before Detroit was dominated by the Big Three automakers, there was a fourth major automobile company. The story of the Studebaker company and the Studebaker family exemplifies both the American dream and the difficulty in sustaining that dream. The Studebaker Brothers: The Lives and Legacy of the Family Behind the Famous Automobile Company chronicles how the family built up a manufacturing empire and made some of America's most famous cars. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Studebaker brothers like never before.

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Author : Charles River Editors
Publisher :
Release : 2020-01-30
Total Pages : 42 Pages
ISBN : 9798606785865