Mus­cle Car Book­shelf

Muscle Car Review - - Up Front -

The Com­plete Book of Clas­sic Ford and Mer­cury Mus­cle Cars 1961-1973 by Don­ald Farr, 176 pages, hard­bound; Mo­tor­books, quar­to­knows.com/Mo­tor­books

That’s a lot of ground to cover in fewer than 200 pages, but long­time jour­nal­ist and Mus­tang ex­pert Farr han­dles it ad­mirably, mix­ing in­for­ma­tive text, side­bars, and charts with con­tem­po­rary and vin­tage pho­tog­ra­phy of the cars, and pe­riod ad­ver­tis­ing to show how Ford mar­keted its mus­cle. Chap­ters are or­ga­nized by body type (“big bod­ies,” in­ter­me­di­ates, pony­cars), and Shelby gets his own chap­ter. Reg­u­lar MCR read­ers will see fa­mil­iar im­ages here, as Farr tapped for pho­to­graphic as­sis­tance the Petersen Pub­lish­ing Archive as well as our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors, like Jerry Heasley, David Ne­whardt, Eric English, and the fam­ily of the late Tom Shaw.

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