New Zealand Classic Car - - Book Reviews -

Dodge is a brand that brings in­stantly to mind the hey­day of mus­cle cars, when huge fire-breath­ing V8 en­gines were not just ex­pected, but de­manded by the public from Amer­i­can car man­u­fac­tur­ers. As Matt Delorenzo’s splen­didly-doc­u­mented Dodge: 100 Years shows, there’s a lot more to the com­pany that has be­come a house­hold name the world across than just all-amer­i­can mus­cle. The full his­tory of the marque is cov­ered, from the Dodge broth­ers’ pride of crafts­man­ship in­vested in their first au­to­mo­bile and their in­dus­try-lead­ing fa­cil­i­ties, through to Wal­ter P Chrysler’s takeover of the com­pany, its World War II ef­forts, and the all-im­por­tant mus­cle-car era. It doesn’t omit the bor­ing stuff, though, and some of Dodge’s more dire ve­hi­cles, such as the 1984 Car­a­van, are ob­jec­tively lauded as the cre­ative tri­umphs they ac­tu­ally are. Just about ev­ery facet of the brand’s his­tory is cov­ered, in an easy-to-read and very in­for­ma­tive way. Pe­riod-cor­rect ad­ver­tise­ments are al­ways a plus, too. In fact, the only real gripe I have with the book is its lay­out, as it is not in chrono­log­i­cal or­der — which can make for con­fus­ing read­ing in a pub­li­ca­tion con­cern­ing his­tor­i­cal de­tails. How­ever, I’d give it a solid rat­ing on ac­count of its fac­tual merit and vis­ual ap­peal. If it looks like the type of book to in­ter­est you, it most prob­a­bly will, so go and give it a read!

$70 AVAIL­ABLE FROM OC­TANE BOOKS By Matt Delorenzo ISBN 978 0 7603 4552 8

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