Muscle Car Bookshelf
Speed Read Mustang: The History, Design and Culture Behind Ford’s Original Pony Car
by Donald Farr, 160 pages, softbound; Motorbooks, quartoknows.com/motorbooks
This is an interesting book, one in a series of Speed Read titles designed to make you an “instant expert” on a topic (topics also include car design and Formula 1). Nearly every two-page spread is its own selfcontained chapter within a larger chapter, with a page of text; a boxed sidebar with tidbits like interesting “Fun Facts,” notable quotes, or statistics; and an illustration of that spread’s topic, from Lee Iacocca to a wheels-up 5.0 drag racer. It must have been quite a task to corral the Mustang’s five-decade history in so few pages, but there’s no one better to tackle the subject than Farr, a longtime auto journalist who has specialized in Ford’s ponycar for more than 30 years. It’s a concise primer for the Mustang newbie with nuggets for old hands as well.