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Selling your 1970s Auto Gems

sell your car for more than it's worth

How To Sell Your Car for More Than It’s Worth
Hill
1977

Not a bad book for the times. The advice is pretty basic and sensible from what I can see. Advice on cleaning, detailing and minor repairs is probably still relevant but selling cars on your own is quite different with the advent of the Internet. I kept thinking that no amount of help from this book would be able to get you anything on some of the those spectacular examples of automotive design, such as the AMC Pacer, Chevy Vega and the Ford Pinto. One of my pals from college had a “lovely” Ford Pinto that was on its last legs and she insisted it was not going to explode. I think this particular car died sometime around 1983 and is probably a hunk of rust in a landfill in central Illinois.

 

Mary

PS. This led to a discussion of the worst cars at my house and I stumbled on this Time Magazine article from 2007 if you have a need to relive some of the more awful moments in auto history.

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Wheels of the Future

Automobiles of the Future coverAutomobiles of the Future
Stambler
1966

My favorite part of the auto show is the concept car. Over the years I have seen quite a few interesting cars and I know that around my neck of the woods, this type of book would fly off the shelves.

This is such a fun book and my car culture public would get a kick out of this. The kids might even think it was fun. I love looking the future from the past. You could make a nice argument around here for keeping this little beauty. However, for kids nonfiction, I want something that would be more modern as concept cars are all about the future.

I would hang on to this treasure for a display. It’s a keeper for nostalgia, but not for a kid section.

 

Drive on,

Mary

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Drive Time

Safe Driving coverSafe Driving
Packard
1974

Getting a driver’s license was a big deal for me in 1976, and I am willing to bet that the above textbook would have been a possibilty in my driver’s ed class. I can’t remember much about that class other than it was boring except for the “simulators”, meaning a fake dashboard and film of driving around.

I can’t imagine anything in this book being of practical use in a public library collection. Laws, safety rules, etc. have changed so much. Seat belts were just legislated as mandatory in 1972. I still have a vivid memory of my mother and father arguing over wearing a seat belt. Law abiding dad wanted her to wear it and my mother, who doesn’t want anyone telling her what to do, flatly refused. Good times.

Busy looking for a parking place,

Mary

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