The Art of the Muscle Car

The Art of the Muscle Car by David Newhardt

Collector's Edition

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Format: Hardback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760344217
Publisher: Motorbooks
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“Just what is a Muscle Car?” Road Test magazine asked in June 1967. The answer: “Exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder’s philosophy of taking a small car and putting a BIG engine in it. . . . The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of the 98 horsepower weakling.”  Unconcerned with such trivial details as comfort and handling, the vintage American muscle car was built for straight-line speed and quickly became the ride of choice for power-hungry racers and serious gearheads. In a country where performance was measured in brute force, a quarter mile at a time, the muscle car was the perfect machine.
In the intervening years, these down-and-dirty, high-performing beauties have earned their place in the automotive pantheon. As prized by collectors and aficionados as they are by denizens of garages and drag strips, classic muscle cars now fetch upwards of a million dollars at auctions and feature in any story of America’s automotive glory days. The icons of muscle car art—including Camaro and Chevelle SS, the Hemi and 440-6 ’Cuda, Challenger, Roadrunner, Super Bee, GTX, Super Bird, Daytona Charger, Super Cobra Jet and Boss Mustang, Talladega Torino, Buick GSX and W30 Oldsmobile 442, and AMX Javelin—are all here, on full display in this lavishly illustrated volume, each described in a detailed essay followed by a gallery of portraits and special gatefold presentations that capture the art of the muscle car at its finest.

David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street.

Peter Harholdt is a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer. He has been trusted to photograph countless priceless works of art for museums and exhibit catalogs. He first developed his portable studio to create the stunning hot rod portraits featured in Motorbooks' Art of the Hot Rod.

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Photographer and writer David Newhardt was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Southern Illinois University majoring in professional photography. He served eight years in the US Navy aboard nuclear submarines before settling in Southern California. Newhardt worked at Motor Trend for three years and has been on the mastheads of many automotive magazines. He has worked in the fashion photography field but finds automobiles easier to deal with. The author of seven books, Newhardt has supplied scores of other books with images. A long-time member of the Motor Press Guild, he is married and has two sons. Newhardt lives in Pasadena, California.  davidnewhardt.comPeter Harholdt is a lifelong car enthusiast, SCCA racer, and preeminent studio photographer. He has been entrusted to photograph countless priceless works of art for museums and exhibit catalogs. He first developed his portable studio to create the stunning hot rod portraits featured in Motorbooks' Art of the Hot Rod. Harholdt lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Format: Hardback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760344217
Illustrations: 245 color photos
Size: 10.75 in x 12.25 in x 1.25 in / 273.05 mm x 311.15 mm x 31.75 mm
Foreword by Brock Yates

Part 1: The Innocent Years
Chapter 1: 1964 Pontiac GTO
Chapter 2: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z16
Chapter 3: 1965 Pontiac GTO
Chapter 4: 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
Chapter 5: 1966 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Convertible
Chapter 6: 1967 Dodge Charger Hemi
Chapter 7: 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible
Chapter 8: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
Chapter 9: 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR Convertible
Part 2: The Excessive Years
Chapter 10: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO #9561 427/425
Chapter 11: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396
Chapter 12: 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396
Chapter 13: 1969 Charger 500
Chapter 14: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona
Chapter 15: 1969 Dodge Super Bee
Chapter 16: 1969 Ford Mustang GT 428 SCJ
Chapter 17: 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible
Chapter 18: 1969 Torino Talladega
Chapter 19: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II Cale Yarborough Special
Chapter 20: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler Dan Gurney Edition
Chapter 21: 1970 AMC AMX
Chapter 22: 1970 Buick Gran Sport GSX
Chapter 23: 1970 1/2 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS
Chapter 24: 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6
Chapter 25: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible
Chapter 26: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A
Chapter 27: 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440-6
Chapter 28: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Chapter 29: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429
Chapter 30: 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 Convertible
Chapter 31: 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda Convertible 440
Chapter 32: 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda
Chapter 33: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner
Chapter 34: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
Chapter 35: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible Ram Air IV
Part 3: The Declining Years
Chapter 36: 1971 Javelin 401
Chapter 37: 1971 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454
Chapter 38: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 440-6 "Barn Find"
Chapter 39: 1971 Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi and 440 Magnum
Chapter 40: 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee
Chapter 41: 1971 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30
Chapter 42: 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda
Chapter 43: 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi
Chapter 44: 1971 Plymouth GTX 440
Chapter 45: 1972 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds Convertible
Chapter 46: 1973 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty
Chapter 47: 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty 455

"Beautiful photography of the most brutish muscle cars America ever built, from the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevelle to the Plymouth Barracuda and Superbird." - Automobile Magazine

"The art in "The Art of the Muscle Car" is Peter Harholdt's beautiful photography, showcasing 47 prime specimens of Detroit iron. Mr. Harholdt's technique, shooting mostly profiles against a black backdrop, portrays the cars as a kind of rolling Pop Art. Detail images of the cars' hood scoops, wheels, wings, badges and graphics reinforce that theme, as do the reprints of vintage ads and magazine covers." - The New York Times "David Newhardt, with an assist from photographer Peter Harholdt, has repeated his highly successful formula of automotive history incorporating premium-quality paper and incredibly vivid images. This huge, 240-page hardcover book profiles 47 seminal muscle cars, beginning with the 1964 Pontiac GTO and ranging on to another Pontiac, the 1974 Trans Am Super Duty 455. Each car gets a treatment of about a half-dozen huge 10 x 12-inch pages, with detail photos and period advertising. Numerous studio-quality images spill across two-page spreads and several of the stars herein are treated to lavish foldouts." - Hemmings Muscle Machines

"Motorbooks will be releasing a compendium of classic car awesomeness in less than 10 days. The title? "The Art of the Muscle Car". And it's chocked-full of images and back stories galore on the best of what America has had to offer since the glory says of the muscle car's birth in the latter 1960s." -

'Pure automotive indulgence... Highly recommended.'

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