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Performance and Luxury cars

Here is a selection of some top books about performance and luxury cars that you may find useful.

Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul
Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul

For nearly a century now the Aston Martin name has been synonymous with performance, style and sophistication. Perhaps more than any other luxury car it possesses a mystique and charisma that have established it as a cultural icon and the pinnacle of automotive ingenuity. Yet the brand's survival has not always been assured. That Aston Martins are still being produced today is testament to the power of the name and what it represents to car lovers worldwide. In this revised and updated edition of 'Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul', author David Dowsey explores the colourful history of Aston Martin, from its humble beginnings in a London garage in 1913, to its takeover by the Ford Motor Company in 1987 and sale in 2007. Many of those intimately involved at the various stages of the car's history offer fascinating insights into the development of the Aston Martin and amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes. With lush full colour photography and detailed illustrations, comprehensive specifications of every model from the early DB right up to the V8 Vantage Roadster, and production statistics and racing results, 'Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul' is an indispensable reference for motor enthusiasts and a book that truly does justice to the Aston Martin name.

Price: £22.59

Publication: 12 Nov 2010

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Grand Prix: Pontiac's Luxury Performance Car (Enthusiast's Reference)
Grand Prix: Pontiac's Luxury Performance Car (Enthusiast's Reference)

In the late 1950s, Pontiac saw a need to bring to market a full-sized two-door hardtop that bridged the gap between luxury car and factory hot rod. The result was the 1962 Grand Prix, a car that emphasized elegance in simplicity. With a four-barrel 389 Pontiac V-8 standard, buyers could option their cars with sporty 8-lug aluminum wheels, Tri-Power carburetion, a floor-shifted four-speed manual transmission and even a 405-horsepower 421 Super Duty race engine, if they dared. The public responded enthusiastically and the Grand Prix quickly became the choice of young, upscale buyers looking for a car that made a statement about their leading-edge tastes and hip lifestyle. This book contains the complete Pontiac Grand Prix story, including production figures, power train offerings and a chapter on experimental and special editions.

Price: £24.56

Publication: 27 April 2007

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