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Speed Read Mus­tang: The History, De­sign and Cul­ture Be­hind Ford’s Orig­i­nal Pony Car

Muscle Car Review - - Up Front -

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.

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