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Brush up on you Detroit automotive history. From the icons of the industry to the cars that everyone loves, we have a tremendous wealth of knowledge waiting for you.

Selections from the Adult Services Collection:

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American icon : Alan Mulally and the fight to save Ford Motor Company / by Bryce G. Hoffman
At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses. It was an extraordinary risk, but it was the only way the Ford family—America’s last great industrial dynasty—could hold on to their company. Mulally and his team pulled off one of the great­est comebacks in business history. As the rest of Detroit collapsed, Ford went from the brink of bankruptcy to being the most profitable automaker in the world.

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The cars that Henry Ford built : a 75th anniversary tribute to America’s most remembered automobiles / by Beverly Rae Kimes
Presented for the first time in full color, there is every model Henry Ford produced from the Quadricycle he put together as a young man in 1896 to the famous V8 Ford on the production lines four and a half decades later during his failing years. Probably no other individual in automobile history more accurately mirrored in his cars his view of himself and of America as he saw it. Join award-winning historian and author Beverly Rae Kimes as she presents lively historical text that captures Henry growing and aging as his cars grew and aged, each lock-stepped together through history. Over 100 full-color photographs further bring the man and his creations to life.

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David Buick’s marvelous motor car : the men and the automobile that launched General Motors / Lawrence R. Gustin
David Buick led a team that created gasoline engines for motor cars that were truly remarkable. They were powerful, durable and efficient engines that proved formidable on race tracks and in hill climbs. And, more important, those engines provided the power to negotiate the deeply rutted mud, clay and sand roads that often defeated other cars in the early 20th century.

David Buick created one of two big story lines that connected in Flint, Michigan, in 1904. His theme was about a faltering little company with a great engine, Buick Motor Company. The other big story line was that of the brilliant organizer and promoter, William C. Durant. When Durant was introduced to the Buick automobile, it was almost like an explosion in the business world. That combination, Durant and Buick, formed the beginning of General Motors. 

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All corvettes are red : the rebirth of an American legend / James Schefter
No other American car carries the mystique of the Corvette, and early in 1997, General Motors unveiled the stunning fifth-generation Corvette to universal acclaim. But GM’s triumph was hard-won — the legendary sports car had nearly fallen victim to internal company politics and a squeeze on profits. In this candid and compelling book, journalist James Schefter reveals the inside story of the people who saved and reinvented the Corvette, from the drawing board to the assembly line.
For eight years, Schefter enjoyed unprecedented access to every part of GM, including areas off-limits to many company vice presidents. A true insider, he observed the new Corvette’s odyssey from sketch to clay model to prototype to production vehicle. He accompanied test drivers across scorching deserts and snow-packed mountains. And he came to know the fiercely dedicated team of designers, engineers, and executives who fought and achieved their dream: a new Corvette that is better conceived, better built, and less expensive than its predecessors. The Corvette’s odyssey to reclaim its glory is a thrilling testament to the endurance of American spirit.

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The Dodge brothers : the men, the motor cars, and the legacy / Charles K. Hyde
At the start of the Ford Motor Company in 1903, the Dodge Brothers supplied nearly every car part needed by the up-and-coming auto giant. After fifteen years of operating a successful automotive supplier company, much to Ford’s advantage, John and Horace Dodge again changed the face of the automotive market in 1914 by introducing their own car. The Dodge Brothers automobile carried on their names even after their untimely deaths in 1920, with the company then remaining in the hands of their widows until its sale in 1925 to New York bankers and subsequent purchase in 1928 by Walter Chrysler. The Dodge nameplate has endured, but despite their achievements and their critical role in the early success of Henry Ford, John and Horace Dodge are usually overlooked in histories of the early automotive industry. Charles K. Hyde’s book The Dodge Brothers: The Men, the Motor Cars, and the Legacy is the first scholarly study of the Dodge brothers and their company, chronicling their lives—from their childhood in Niles, Michigan, to their long years of learning the machinist’s trade in Battle Creek, Port Huron, Detroit, and Windsor, Ontario—and examining their influence on automotive manufacturing and marketing trends in the early part of the twentieth century. Hyde details the brothers’ civic contributions to Detroit, their hiring of minorities and women, and their often anonymous charitable contributions to local organizations. Hyde puts the Dodge brothers’ lives and accomplishments in perspective by indicating their long-term influence, which has continued long after their deaths.The most complete and accurate resource on John and Horace Dodge available, The Dodge Brothers uses sources that have never before been examined. Its scholarly approach and personal tone make this book appealing for automotive historians as well as car enthusiasts and those interested in Detroit’s early development.

Selections from the Youth Services Collection:

Corvette / by Julie Murray
Provides basic information about the history, look, and features of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car.

Eat my dust! : Henry Ford’s first race / by Monica Kulling ; illustrated by Richard Walz
Relates the excitement caused by Henry Ford as he drove the “horseless carriage” he built, particularly when he decided to win a race to get money to build a new car that anyone could afford.

Henry Ford / produced and directed by Issembert Productions
By exploring archival films, photographs and actual drawings and materials, students will learn of Henry Ford and his Model T, but his most valuable innovation was his new manufacturing process and moving assembly line that revolutionized how cars were made, thus transforming the industry and America!

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GTOs / by Heather Moore Niver
What cars were made famous by Ferrari in the 1960s? What cars inspired songs by many musicians throughout the years? They’re Gran Turismo Omologato–universally known as the GTO. Readers see just how big an impact these cars had on the world of automobiles. From GTO motorcycles to the popular Pontiac GTO, these high-performance machines continue to rank as some of the greatest sport vehicles of all time. Bright images show these powerful cars and bikes in action.