It might be hard to believe, but the era of muscle cars is now as far back in the past as the glory days of vintage luxury when the classic car boom of the 1980s occurred, and like the Cords, Cadillacs and Bugattis of the 1920s and ‘30s, the glamour and nostalgia for Camaro, GTO, SS and option-packed brutes of the 1960s is pushing prices and profile skywards.
Darwin Holmstrom’s light approach delivers facts and history in a highly accessible form alongside stunning library and original photography by Tom Glatch. The rise and fall of the American performance legends is tracked fondly, with a tangible sense of regret as legislation neutered the power and the styling of the cars through the 1970s.
Finishing with an account of the latest models to recapture those glory days, the Challenger, Camaro and Mustangs of 2016, this is a comprehensive but not heavyweight addition to the American performance library. RKP ISBN 978-0-7603-5013-3 Hardback, 348 x 305mm, 224 pages www.motorbooks.co.uk