My Dad Had That Car

A Nostalgic Look at the American Automobile, 1920-1990


By Tad Burness

Introduction by Matt Stone

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This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around May 9, 2017. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

This one-of-a-kind history of the American car is packed with more than 1,300 pages and 12,500 illustrations and is a must-have for every car enthusiast. 

My Dad Had That Car is a unique look at 70 years of American automotive ingenuity. Famed auto historian and illustrator Ted Burness documented the American car for decades through his weekly newspaper column Auto Album and his American Car Spotter's Bible catalogs. This comprehensive collection includes decades of genuine, factory-fresh photographs and drawings from Burness’s archives along with fascinating information about original prices, engine sizes, horsepower, and other specifications of collector, luxury, sporting and every day cars.
Organized by era, the book is packed with more than 250 manufacturers and hundreds of individual models that trace the evolution of the American automobile, from the first Model T that rolled off Ford’s first assembly line in 1908 through the art deco streamliners of the ‘30s, to the tail-finned land yachts of the ‘50s, muscle cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, to the early SUVs of the ‘90s. With an introduction and commentary from automotive journalist Matt Stone of Motor Trend Classic, this unique volume is the perfect gift for every classic car fan.

  • "This is the sort of book you want to sit down with and just pore over the pages and let the facts flow in."
    Mark C. Bach, Route 66

On Sale
May 9, 2017
Page Count
1376 pages

Tad Burness

About the Author

Tad Burness, an auto historian, wrote more than twenty-two books about automobiles, including his beloved American Car Spotter guides. He also wrote syndicated “Auto Album” column, which ran from 1966 until his death in 2012.

Matt Stone is a freelance journalist, author, broadcaster, and former Editor of Motor Trend Classic magazine. He has been a professional automotive journalist/photographer since 1990. He has authored and photographed ten automotive books and is a former member of SPEED/FOX SPORTS television network’s Barrett-Jackson auction broadcast team. Matt is also a judge at various Concours d’Elegance, and a member of the LeMay-America’s Car Museum Steering Committee. He serves his profession as a past officer and board of directors member, Keynote Address Committee chairman, and past president of the Motor Press Guild (MPG) trade association.

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