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15 Best Car Books For Dad For Father’s Day

Ford GT Anthology

Father’s Day is June 19 this year, and for motorsport fans there’s no better gift than a glossy hardback tome in honor of a favorite car manufacturer. These books range from modern supercars to old classics, but also from design and fashion, sheet metal and data.

news week compile this list of new books for car enthusiast dads. They all came out in the last few months and would all look excellent on a coffee table.

Best car books for dad

For the supercar dad, there are books about Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. For the stylists, we have design books that look at some of the most beautiful 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 GT40 Anthology is a new and unique compilation of feature articles about the iconic GT40, all accompanied by a host of old and new photos.
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This hardcover features stories and photos from the early days of racing the Ford GT40, though not a history book, through individual stories of its design and development. It also looks at the supercar’s revival in 2005 and the naming controversy that followed. It dispels some old myths, but creates a few more around one of Ford’s most important cars.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $86.30.

Glamor Road: Colour, Fashion, Style and the Mid-Century Car

by Tom Dolle

Glamor Road
This highly visual book explores the rarely told story of how glamour, fashion, design and styling became the main focus of auto marketing from the post-war 1940s to the 1970s.
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This art and automotive book follows the story of how design and glamor became the focus of vehicle styling and marketing from the 1940s onwards. That is the period when the industry began to change the model design annually, using the fashion concept of planned obsolescence. Some of the historical marketing materials in the book have not been published since it first came out.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $56.97.

Adventures in Ferrari Land Set

by Edwin K. Niles

Adventures in Ferrari Land
Niles has been buying and selling Ferraris for most of his life, this is his story.
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For the Ferrari fan, this tome features author Niles encountering (and sometimes acquiring) rare vehicles from the legendary brand, as well as touching on the history of each car. In one such story, Niles recalls discovering a 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé in an underground car park, taking it for a ride around Rome, and immediately buying it. It has two volumes, the first being an inventory of Ferraris owned by Niles with photos, records, and stories; the second part is Niles’ writings on the brand.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $123.97.

Lola: the T70 and Can-Am cars

by Gordon Jones

Lola: the T70 and Can-Am cars
This book contains the history of the Lola T70 race cars from the 60s and 70s.
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Motorsports enthusiasts will remember the Lola T70 as one of the most impressive race cars in one of the most impressive series in Can-Am. These cars had large American V8 engines and were popular with the drivers and fans. It took Jones three decades to complete the book, which dissects not only the T70, but the models that followed.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $97.61.

MGB – The superlative MG

by David Knowles

MGB - The superlative MG
Launched in 1962 and in production for eighteen years, the MGB became one of the most successful sports cars the world has ever known.
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The British MGB was one of the most successful sports cars ever made and one of the inspirations for small roadsters like the Mazda MX-5 and Nissan Z today. The book contains more than 620 archived and specially commissioned photographs, including prototypes and sketches. It also follows the development of Pininfarina’s refined MGB GT, Ferranti MGB hardtop, MGB V8 and the MGC.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $57.87.

Lamborghini: on the cutting edge of design

by Gautam Sen

Lamborghini: on the cutting edge of design
his lavish two-volume book celebrates Lamborghini’s design history through countless previously unpublished documents and images, and delves into the extraordinary shapes and fearless personalities that have made Lamborghini what it is today.
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This two piece set is a love letter to the Lamborghini brand. It delves into the brand’s design history with previously unpublished documents and images, and looks at the people who made the brand what it is today. The set includes over 1,000 photos of the beloved Miura, Espada, Urraco, Countach and Diablo, leading all the way to today’s Aventador and Huracan.

Buy the hardcover books from Amazon for $250.

Fin Tales: Saving Cadillac, America’s Luxury Icon

by John Smith

Fin Tales
Join John Smith as he helped lead a business turnaround at General Motors.
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This hardcover is a look into Smith’s 42 years at General Motors and how he helped revive the luxury Cadillac brand. It also serves as a guide to leading a business turnaround. Fin Tales stands out because it does not see this turnaround through the eyes of the top management, but from the middle.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $36.

The Volkswagen Golf Story

by Russell Hayes

The Volkswagen Golf Story
The Volkswagen Golf Story has been expanded.
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This hardcover coffee table is for every Volkswagen fan and has been the definitive history of the name Golf for years. It contains hundreds of photos and statistics, and this latest edition has been updated with the full Volkswagen Golf 7 range, which ran in the US from 2015 to 2021. It also previews the current Golf 8.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $77.11.

The cars of BMC

by Graham Robson

The cars of BMC
The Complete Historic Works of the British Motor Corporation.
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The British Motor Corporation was formed in 1952 as a merger of Morris Motors and Austin Motor Company. This 304 page hardcover begins there and ends only with the merger with British Leyland in 1968. It looks at the company’s legacy and achievements, including an in-depth look at its many models.

Buy the hardback book on Amazon for $38.49.

Secrets of the Barn Find Hunter: The Art of Finding Lost Collector’s 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.
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Cotter has been scouring barn finds for decades, discovering everything from antebellum classics to exotics. In the book, he also gives tips for the newly minted fighter and shares the stories he found on his journey. The 208-page book features plenty of photos of some of his favorite finds, along with some other collectors.

Buy the hardback book on Amazon for $29.52.

Porsche 550 Spyder

by Stefan Bogner and Glen Smale

Porsche 550 Spyder
Only 1,550 copies 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 in addition to several other big wins and podiums. The 550 Spyder was also the car actor James Dean was driving when he was killed in an accident, which can also be seen in this hardcover.

Buy the hardback book on Amazon for $176.27.

Audi RS: History • Models • Technology

by Constantin Bergander

Audi RS
Audi RS takes a closer look at the company’s fastest models.
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The RS in Audi RS stands for Rennsport or “racing sport”, meaning the vehicle focuses on performance. This 256-page book meticulously tells the story of every RS model, from the first Audi Avant RS2 in 1994 to the electric RS e-tron GT of today. The book contains over 400 color photographs along with RS brand stories and characters.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $95.69.

The Mercedes-Benz: 300 SL Book

by Rene Staud and Jurgen Lewandowski

The Mercedes-Benz: 300 SL Book
The completely revised bestseller by René Staud and Jürgen Lewandowski in a 70th Anniversary Edition
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The 300 SL is one of Mercedes’ most famous sports cars, and its spirit still lives on, with the new SL Roadster sporting the same styling as the original. The book is based on author Staud’s famous car calendars and will portray the car in the context of stars such as Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Alfred Hitchcock, all former owners.

Buy the hardback 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 specs, options and information.
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The Series I Land Rover is one of the most chopped, repaired and modified vehicles in the world, which is why it’s hard to find an original. This 160-page hardcover looks at the 80-inch models and includes a detailed guide to factory specifications and equipment. The Land Rover has developed rapidly and is regularly updated. This book breaks down each piece for fans and owners who want to bring a model back to factory specs.

Buy the hardback book from Amazon for $46.44.

Detroit Steel Artists: How Motor City’s Edsel Ford, Ray Dietrich, Tom Hibbard and Ralph Roberts Made a Styling Mecca for Harley Earl

by Matthew Kilkenny

Detroit Steel Artists
Detroit Steel Artists is the first comprehensive story about the avant-garde artists of the automotive industry.
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This 12-inch hardcover is about the stylists who put the Motor City on the map and the semi-custom car designs of makers like Le Baron and Dietrich, who both predated the famous Harley Earl. Those designers bumped into the brass style covered in this book, whether they won or lost. It contains over 100 historical photos of some of the most beautiful cars in the world.

Buy the book from Amazon for $75.