Seeing vintage muscle cars languishing in junkyards never fails to generate an emotional response. Whether it's the desire to rescue the car and bring it back to its former glory, the want to strip it of rare parts for resale, or the memory of a similar car from one's past, the image of a car built for speed that's been laid to waste draws and keeps one's attention.
In Rusted Muscle, noted author Steve Magnante takes us on a tour across the country, sharing his most memorable imagery that he's collected. Acquired over years of travel, Magnante's images are stirring, but he also shares important information about the cars when describing them. He may share production numbers regarding a particular year, make and model, or de-code the pictured vehicle's VIN number or data plate to discover how it was equipped when new. In some cases, the cars pictured are quite rare, whereas others are much more pedestrian. This adds another dimension to the book beyond the stirring images.
While other books have shared junkyard photography in the past, none have been focused purely on domestic muscle cars, and none have included the level of information acquired about the subject cars like Rusted Muscle does. Considering the immense popularity of muscle cars today, seeing a collection of well-researched derelict examples like this assures enthusiasts that plenty of entry-level fodder still exists. It encourages the reader to search for buried treasure, and pursue their own muscle car dreams.
"CarTech has been turning out books as fast as we can print magazines around here, and each one of their volumes has been consistently impressive. Congrats to Steve and CarTech for coming through with one of the more interesting books we've seen in quite awhile." -Mopar Collector's Guide, February 2011
"I've enjoyed the book as much as much as I've enjoyed Magnante's other work." -Hemmings Blog, reviewed by Mike McNessor, January 2011
"Rusted Muscle includes so much more than muscle cars, though they are in there, too." -Ol' Skool Rodz, reviewed by Alan Mayes, November 2011
"This is one of those books that you just won't be able to put down once you start reading it." -Hemmings Motor News, reviewed by Richard Lentinello, February 2012
Appears in "Top 21 Reading Materials for the Auto Enthusiast." -Auto Enthusiast, January 2013
Steve Magnante's unbridled enthusiasm for modified high-performance machinery is life-long, but for more than 15 years he has been sharing his passion and technical knowledge through print and television media. As a long time staffer at Hot Rod Magazine and more recently as an automotive expert on the popular collector auto auction broadcasts, Steve has gained great recognition for his expertise. His knowledge of automotive history is extensive, and he is a student of American high-performance hot rods and racing cars as well. Known for his passion and lighthearted manner, Steve connects with readers on a personal level, sharing their love for cars while delivering solid technical advice.