Swift, Earl: Auto Biography : A Classic Car, An Outlaw Motorhead and 57 Years of the American Dream
Book Number: 19040164
Harper Collins, USA, 2014. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. First Edition. 356 pages. Boards have no wear, rubbing or soiling. Dust jacket is in excellent condtion. Dust jacket is protected in clear, plastic sleeve. Pages are lightly tanned. A brilliant blend of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The Orchid Thief, Earl Swift's wise, funny, and captivating Auto Biography follows an outlaw auto dealer as he struggles to save a rusted '57 Chevya car that has already passed through twelve pairs of hands before hiswhile financial ruin, government bureaucrats and the FBI close in on him. Slumped among hundreds of other decrepit hulks on a treeless, windswept moor in eastern North Carolina, the Chevy evokes none of the Jet Age mystique that made it the most beloved car to ever roll off an assembly line. It's open to the rain. Birds nest in its seats. Officials of the surrounding county consider it junk. To Tommy Arney, it's anything but: It's a fossil of the twentieth-century American experience, of a place and a people utterly devoted to the automobile and changed by it in myriad ways. It's a piece of historyespecially so because its flaking skin conceals a rare asset: a complete provenance, stretching back more than fifty years. So, hassled by a growing assortment of challengers, the Chevy's thirteenth owneran orphan, grade-school dropout and rounder, a felon arrested seventy-odd times, and a man who's been written off as a ruin himself--embarks on a mission to save the car and preserve long record of human experience it carries in its steel and upholstery.Written for both gearheads and Sunday drivers, Auto Biography charts the shifting nature of the American Dream and our strange and abiding relationship with the automobile, through an iconic classic and an improbable, unforgettable hero. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Automobiles & Vehicles; ISBN/EAN: 9780062282668. Inventory No: 19040164.