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Those '80s Station Wagons

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By James Kaster

 

Paperback: 224 pages, 8.5" x 11", perfect binding, full-color interior ink

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In another time, station wagons were as common as Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are today. They were automobiles of function and purpose, serving as chief family haulers. They shared the same call-to-action as utility vehicles with two or three rows of seating, room for luggage and space for other daily necessities and routine errands. They came with liftgates and split doors to provide access to the cargo area. Some could tow boats and trailers; the ultimate camping pairing of wagon and equipment. They hauled sporting goods and camping gear, carried groceries and hardware store purchases, and cradled picnic lunches and precious antique store finds. The station wagons were mainstays of American driveways for six-plus decades. This book pays tribute to the '80s wagons; to their ubiquitous presence, variety and flexibility.

 

 

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Those '80s Bustlebacks

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By James Kaster

 

Paperback: 76 pages, 8.5" x 11", perfect binding, full-color interior ink

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Those 80s Bustlebacks is dedicated to enthusiasts of this unique automotive design. The big-three American manufacturers introduced, in the early 80s, the Cadillac Seville, Imperial and Lincoln Continental with the distinctive styling. These often overlooked cars are now entering classic and collectible status. The material in this book will help fans and collectors discern which cars are right for them through comparisons and contrasts of makes, models, engines, trims and yearly changes.

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Dash Lights

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By James Kaster

 

Paperback: 8.5" x 8.5", perfect binding, white interior paper (80# weight), full-color interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-color exterior ink

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As I was researching the coverage of dash panels in manufacturers' press materials and brochures, a curious pattern emerged. Unless the dashboard or instruments introduced a new technology, dashes were rarely covered or photographed. Even rarer was the presence of an illuminated dash. That became the subject of this book with over 110 photographs.

 THOSE 80s CARS is dedicated to enthusiasts of the manufacturers of American owned and branded franchises. These often overlooked cars are now entering classic and collectible status. This is your resource guide of exterior and interior views with hundreds of pages, over 2,400 images (front, back, profiles, interiors, dashes, seats and a few +cut-a-ways), and quotes and stats from the brochures and media kits.

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Those 80s Cars - All American Catalog

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By James Kaster

 

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AMC/Eagle, Chrysler/Imperial, Dodge, Plymouth, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Merkur, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet/Geo, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac.

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Those 80s Cars - AMC & Chrysler edition

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By James Kaster

 

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AMC/Eagle, Chrysler/Imperial, Dodge, and Plymouth

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Those 80s Cars - Ford edition

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By James Kaster

 

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Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and Merkur

 

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Those 80s Cars - GM edition

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By James Kaster

 

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Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet/Geo, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac

 

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Those 80s Cars - All American Catalog

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By James Kaster

 

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AMC/Eagle, Chrysler/Imperial, Dodge, Plymouth, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Merkur, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet/Geo, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac.

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Those 80s Cars - AMC & Chrysler edition

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By James Kaster

 

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Those 80s Cars - Ford edition

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By James Kaster

 

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Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and Merkur

 

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Those 80s Cars - GM edition

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By James Kaster

 

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Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet/Geo, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac

 

 American Automotive Design Trends

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The Couture Car - High Style for High Society

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By James Kaster

 

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People like shiny things. Few things are shinier than new cars: paint, trim and chrome. And people like soft things, like pillow-top beds, overstuffed sofas and recliners. These home trends translated into car styles as people wanted to make more of a statement in their vehicles. They got it in generous doses of style via the Couture Car.

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The Personal Luxury Car - Selling a Lifestyle

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By James Kaster

 

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As the car market proliferated with many styles, makes and functions, one particular trend elevated the automobile above the mere transportation-only, family-hauling and / or workhorse appliance. It was the “Personal Luxury Car.” Affordable cars could be crafted and massaged into status symbols for the masses while luxury cars could be similarly fashioned into a rarer form of distinction.

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Opera Windows - Fashion over Function

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By James Kaster

 

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With each passing generation, attention in collectible cars migrates to vehicles of more recent decades. Cars of the 1970s and 1980s are now entering classic and collectible status and one American automotive design trend that is ubiquitous throughout those decades is the opera window.   

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Lincoln Versailles 

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By James Kaster

 

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A new breed of Lincoln arrived in the spring of 1977. This new "international sized" Lincoln was Ford's response to increasing competition from European luxury makes and the successful introduction of the Cadillac Seville. It was also a response to consumers' demands for more fuel efficient cars during a decade of oil embargoes, rising gasoline prices and federally mandated CAFE standards. Despite its meager origins, the Lincoln Versailles offered superb comfort and convenience in the luxury compact class. Following Cadillac's lead with the Seville, Lincoln priced the Versailles higher than the rest of the line. In this book, read about the history, compare facts and features, browse through media kits and brochures, see dealer product comparisons, view customized models, and even build a paper model.

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