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Speed Read Mustang

The History, Design and Culture Behind Ford's Original Pony Car

Donald Farr


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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (2/6/2017)


Motorbooks' Speed Read series celebrates every aspect of the original pony car—the Ford Mustang—from the key people like Lee Iacocca and Carroll Shelby to the racing success to the cars themselves.

Get a full look at every iconic Mustang model, from the first car to bear the name that became the fastest selling car of all time, to the astounding 526-horsepower supercar Mustang produces today.

In sections divided by topic, you'll explore the design and launch of the first Mustang at the 1964 World's Fair; a history of every generation of Mustang; the various body styles, options, and accessories; a review of the performance models; a profile of Carroll Shelby and the Mustangs he designed; special editions, like the Sprint, ASC/McLaren, and police pursuit vehicles; and, of course, the Mustang's racing legacy.

Each section ends with a glossary of related terms, and informational sidebars provide fun facts, historical tidbits, and mini-bios of key people in Mustang history. Sleek illustrations showcase Mustangs in their many forms.

With Motorbooks’ Speed Read series, become an instant expert in a range of fast-moving subjects, from Formula 1 racing to the Tour de France. Accessible language, compartmentalized sections, fact-filled sidebars, glossaries of key terms, and event timelines deliver quick access to insider knowledge. Their brightly colored covers, modern design, pop art–inspired illustrations, and handy size make them perfect on-the-go reads.

Praise For Speed Read Mustang: The History, Design and Culture Behind Ford's Original Pony Car

“Farr’s text is informative and engaging…Further setting this Speed Read title apart is its use of Pop Art-style—but still accurately rendered—color illustrations, in place of photographs: created by Jeremy Kramer, this book’s artwork is delightful, and alone worth the price of admission.”
- Hemmings Muscle Machines

"The layout makes this the perfect book for a new car lover, a birthday or Father’s Day gift for your favorite Mustang guy...If you want to learn some basic & extended facts to become a Mustang scholar; order the book & in a day you’ll earn your diploma with SPEED READ MUSTANG!"
- Show-Me Mustang Club

"If you’re a younger reader learning about cars for the first time, this book won’t be that intimidating. Each section ends with a detailed glossary of terms, and informational sidebars with historical tidbits and other fun facts."
- Tony Borroz, Automoblog

"For those that dig Mustangs but possibly might not know the whole back story, Motorbooks new Speed Read series is the perfect way to get to know the Mustang’s history in a fun and entertaining way with bright illustrations and light, descriptive text accompanied by fun facts, historical tidbits, and numerical facts, it is a nice read that covers all generations of Mustangs, including Shelby, Roush, special editions, and more. You’ll enjoy facts and back story on key Mustang figures throughout production, racing history, design, and technology info, and so much more. You can’t go wrong adding this book to your shelf, no matter what “level” of Mustang enthusiast you are."
- Mustang Monthly

Motorbooks, 9780760360422, 160pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

About the Author

As editor of the Mustang Club of America’s Mustang Times magazine, Donald Farr has been researching and writing about Mustangs for over 40 years. In addition to his magazine work, Farr has authored many books, including Ford Mustang: America’s Favorite Pony Car, Mustang Boss 302: Ford’s Trans-Am Pony Car, Legendary Ford and Mercury Muscle Cars, and co-wrote How to Restore Your Mustang and the Mustang Recognition Guide. Farr was inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame in 2012.