The 15 best car books for dad for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 19th this year, and for car fans, there’s no better gift than a glossy hardcover tome celebrating a favorite car manufacturer. These books range from modern supercars to old classics, as well as design and fashion, sheet metal and data.

news week have compiled this list of new books for driving dads. All of them came out in the last few months and all would look excellent centered on a coffee table.

The best car books for dad

For the supercar dad there are books about Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. For the stylists, we have design books looking at some of the finest cars to come out of Detroit. There are even books for the motorsport fans and the data nerds. Restoring a Series I Land Rover is not easy.

Ford GT Anthology: A unique compilation of stories about these most iconic cars

by John Allen and Colin Graham Endeacott

Ford GT anthology
The Ford GT40 Anthology is a new and unique compilation of feature articles about the iconic GT40, all accompanied by a variety of photographs, old and new.

Although not a history book, this hardcover contains stories and images from the early racing days of the Ford GT40 through individual stories of its design and development. It also looks at the rebirth of the supercar in 2005 and the naming controversy that followed. It dispels a few old myths but creates a few more around one of Ford’s most important cars.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $86.30.

Glamor Road: Colour, Fashion, Style and the Midcentury Automobile

by Tom Dolle

glamor street
This highly visual book explores the seldom told story of how glamour, fashion, design and styling became the primary focus of automotive marketing from the 1940s through the 1970s.

This art and automotive book follows the story of how design and glamor became the focus of automotive design and marketing from the 1940s onwards. This is the time when the industry started to change model design annually, using the fashion concept of planned obsolescence. Some of the historical marketing material in the book has not been published since its publication.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $56.97.

Adventures in Ferrari Land set

by Edwin K Niles

Adventures in Ferrariland
Niles has been buying and selling Ferraris for most of his life, this is his story.

For the Ferrari fan, this tome follows author Niles as he encounters (and sometimes acquires) rare vehicles from the famous marque, as well as touching on each car’s history. In one such story, Niles recalls spotting a 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe in an underground car park, driving it around Rome and buying it immediately. It is in two volumes, the first being an inventory of Ferraris owned by Niles with photos, notes and stories; the second volume is Niles’ writings on the brand.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $123.97.

Lola: The T70 and the Can-Am cars

by Gordon Jones

Lola: The T70 and the Can-Am cars
This book shows the history of the Lola T70 racing cars from the 60’s and 70’s.

Motorsport enthusiasts will remember the Lola T70 as one of the most impressive racers in one of Can-Am’s most impressive series. These cars featured big American V8 engines and were popular with drivers and fans alike. It took Jones three decades to complete the book, which analyzes not only the T70 but also the models that followed.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $97.61.

MGB – The MG of superlatives

by David Knowles

MGB - The MG of superlatives
Launched in 1962 and in production for eighteen years, the MGB became one of the most successful sports cars the world has ever seen.

The British MGB was one of the most successful sports cars of all time and is now one of the inspirations for small roadsters such as the Mazda MX-5 and Nissan Z. The book contains more than 620 archived and specially commissioned photographs, including prototypes and sketches. It also follows the development of the Pininfarina refined MGB GT, the Ferranti MGB Hardtop, the MGB V8 and the MGC.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $57.87.

Lamborghini: At the forefront of design

by Gautam Sen

Lamborghini: At the forefront of design
His lavish two-volume book celebrates Lamborghini’s design history through numerous previously unpublished documents and images, and delves into the extraordinary forms and intrepid personalities that have made Lamborghini what it is today.

This two-volume set is a declaration of love to the Lamborghini brand. Featuring previously unpublished documents and images, it delves into the brand’s design history and looks at the people who made the brand what it is today. The set contains more than 1,000 images from the popular Miura, Espada, Urraco, Countach and Diablo to today’s Aventador and Huracan.

Buy the hardcover books on Amazon for $250.

Fin Tales: Saving Cadillac, America’s Luxury Icon

by John Smith

Find stories
Join John Smith as he helped lead a business turnaround at General Motors.

This hardcover provides a glimpse into Smith’s 42 years at General Motors and how he helped breathe new life into the Cadillac luxury brand. It also serves as a guide to leading a business turnaround. Fin Tales is notable for seeing this turnaround not through the eyes of top leadership, but from the center.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $36.

The Volkswagen Golf story

by Russell Hayes

The Volkswagen Golf story
The Volkswagen Golf Story has been expanded.

This hardcover coffee table is essential for any Volkswagen fan and has been the definitive history of the Golf name for years. It has hundreds of pictures and stats, and this latest edition has been updated to include the entire Volkswagen Golf 7 range that ran in the US from 2015 to 2021. There is also a preview of the current Golf 8.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $77.11.

BMC cars

by Graham Robson

BMC cars
The Complete Historical Works of the British Motor Corporation.

British Motor Corporation was formed in 1952 as a merger of Morris Motors and Austin Motor Company. This 304-page hardcover begins there and doesn’t end until the merger with British Leyland in 1968. It explores the company’s legacy and achievements, including deep dives into its many models.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $38.49.

Secrets of the Barn Find Hunter: The Art of Finding Lost Collector Cars

by Tom Cotter

Secrets of the Barn Find Hunter
Tom Cotter’s latest book on barn finds offers tips for the treasure hunter in all of us.

Cotter has been searching for barn finds for decades, uncovering everything from pre-war classics to exotics. In the book he also gives tips for the new hunter and tells the stories he found on his journey. The 208-page book features loads of pictures of some of his favorite finds, along with a few other collectors.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $29.52.

Porsche 550 Spyder

by Stefan Bogner and Glen Smale

Porsche 550 Spyder
Only 1,550 examples of the Porsche 550 Spyder will be produced.

Another coffee table art book, this one focuses solely on the Porsche 550 Spyder. In the 1950s, the German company began building racing cars, starting with the 1500 RS Spyder. It won the Targa Florio race along with several other major victories and podiums. The 550 Spyder was also actor James Dean’s car when he died in an accident that is also covered in this hardcover.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $176.27.

Audi RS: History • Models • Technology

by Constantine Bergander

Audi RS
Audi RS takes an in-depth look at the company’s fastest models.

The RS in Audi RS stands for Rennsport or “Racing”, meaning the vehicle is geared for performance. This 256-page book meticulously tells the story of each RS model, from the first Audi RS2 Avant in 1994 to the electric RS e-tron GT of today. The book contains more than 400 color photos as well as stories and characters of the RS brand.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $95.69.

The Mercedes-Benz: 300 SL book

by Rene Staud and Juergen Lewandowski

The Mercedes-Benz: 300 SL book
The completely revised bestseller by René Staud and Jürgen Lewandowski in a 70th anniversary edition

The 300 SL is one of Mercedes’ most iconic sports cars and its spirit still lives on today with the new SL Roadster sporting some of the same styles as the original. The book is based on author Staud’s famous automotive calendars and will show the car in the context of stars such as Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Alfred Hitchcock, all former owners.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $103.96.

Factory Original Land Rover Series 1 80″ Models

by James Taylor

Factory Original Land Rover Series 1 80
A complete guide to Series I Land Rover factory specifications, options and information.

The Land Rover Series I is one of the most disassembled, repaired and customized vehicles in the world, so finding an original is difficult. This 160-page hardcover covers the 80-inch models and includes a detailed guide to factory specs and features. The Land Rover was developed quickly and updated regularly. This book analyzes each piece for fans and owners who want to restore a model to factory specs.

Buy the hardcover book from Amazon for $46.44.

Detroit Steel Artists: How Edsel Ford, Ray Dietrich, Tom Hibbard and Ralph Roberts transformed Motor City into a styling mecca before Harley Earl

by Matthew Kilkenny

Detroit Steel artist
Detroit Steel Artists is the first comprehensive history of the automotive industry’s avant-garde artists.

This 12″ hardcover covers the stylists who made the Motor City famous and the semi-custom car designs from manufacturers like Le Baron and Dietrich, both of whom predated the famous Harley Earl. These designers clashed with the brass-over style covered in this book, whether they won or lost. It contains more than 100 historical photos of some of the most beautiful cars in the world.

Buy the book on Amazon for $75. The 15 best car books for dad for Father’s Day

Rick Schindler

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