Car: The Definitive Visual History of the Automobile

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


Tracing the history of the automobile, from the first prototypes to the super cars of today, Car covers the technological developments and manufacture of cars, the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose, and the enduring impact the car has had on society as an object of curiosity, symbol of luxury, and item of necessity.
The most lavishly illustrated treatment of the subject on the market, featuring the most noteworthy cars of each decade in beautifully photographed catalogs, Car is truly an international view of the automobile through time, with histories of the men and machines that created brands which are now household names.


Additional Information


Hardcover: 360 pages
Publisher: DK; 1st edition (May 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0756671671
ISBN-13: 978-0756671679
Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 12.1 inches


Giles Chapman is an award-winning writer and commentator on the industry, history and culture of cars. He began his career in 1984 in automotive consultancy, moving into magazine publishing in 1985. By 1991, he was editor of Classic & Sports Car, the world’s best-selling classic car magazine. Since 1994, he’s worked freelance across a huge variety of media. Today, he contributes to national newspapers and motoring publications, and was voted Jeep Consumer Journalist Of The Year in 2005, BCA Feature Writer Of The Year in 2008, and AA Environment Writer Of The Year 2011.

2 reviews for Car: The Definitive Visual History of the Automobile

  1. 5 out of 5


    Wow, what a great gift for the car enthusiast. It is big, colorful and very detailed about the history of the car. It has images and information about cars I never knew existed. I purchased it as a gift for my father who is a classic car buff, and he loved it! Great value for the price and the big full color images make you want to spend time just reading about all of the different makes and models. I would recommend it for anyone who collects, restores or dreams about the automobile.

  2. 5 out of 5


    This book has many pictures. What’s nice is that each page has several pictures of different models of a specific make of car over the years. The book also has a very detailed background and history of several different car companies and how things changed over the years. This is a great book for learning all kinds of detailed history for foreign and domestic cars too.

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