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All About the Shelby

Title: The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970
Author: Greg Kolasa
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Fun Fact: The earliest Shelby GT350’s had the engine moved into the trunk, a practice discontinued because the trunk often filled with acid fumes
Review Summary: A great book with enough detail to satisfy a Shelby enthusiast and enough engaging stories to make an interesting micro-history for the rest of us.

As you might guess, this book covers in great detail all aspects of Shelby mustangs with a particular focus on the story of their production. Although I’m not a huge car buff myself, I picked this to review because I love a good micro-history and I enjoy learning about new things. I was also impressed that the author based his book entirely on primary sources, from factory documentation to interviews with the people who were involved in the process. As soon as I got the book, I was struck by the quality photography as well. As a photography enthusiast, I appreciated how well done it was, but recognize that a Shelby enthusiast would probably be most impressed by the variety of Shelby’s the author managed to track down.

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