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Auto Books for Free – Collection – Free Books about Cars

About 3,100 free books about cars, with books on all automotive aspects. Some books: Basic Bodywork and Painting, Tune-Up & Electrical Service, Veteran & Vintage Cars of Australia, Every Woman’s Quick & Easy Car Care, Auto Engines & Electrical Systems read online free, Passenger Cars 1863-1904, How Automobiles are Made, The World’s Strangest Automobiles, Who Invented Model T, Fuel systems and Emission Controls, So You Wanna Buy a Car, An A-Z of Turbocharged Cars, Car Technology of the Future, Auto Industry in the U.S., Car Tips for Clean Air, Online Car Books, many more.

Automotive Pictorial Books – Collection – Online Car Books

About 50 free pictorial books about cars. Some titles: Classic Cars from around the World, The Automobile: 5-view photos, 1001 Dream Cars, Worst Cars Ever Sold, 50 Years of Volkswagens in New Zealand, 501 Must-Drive Cars, Mercedes-Benz: 100 Years, The Fastest Cars from Around the World, many more. Automotive pictorial books, classic car coffee table books.

Automotive History Books – Collection – Best Auto History Books

Over 250 free automotive history books. Some book titles: Auto Racing: a history of fast cars and fearless drivers online free, The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster online free, Complete History of Chrysler Corp. 1924-1985 online, The Story of Ferrari, History of Corvettes, A History of Electric and Hybrid Cars free online, Jaguar: tale of the Cat, The Ford Motor Company History, The Story of Model T Fords, The First Car that was ever made, The American Automobile Beadle, What Cars are American Made, Autoworkers and the American Dream, Native Roads: the Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations, In the Shadow of Detroit, many more.

Automobile Industry Books – Collection – Books on American Auto Industry

More than 600 car books free online. Some books: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry, A Short History of American Motor Car Manufacturing, The Ford Motor Company History, People and Places in Irish Motoring, Car Wars: the untold story, Online Car Books, Auto Books for Free, How the Big Three Lost their Grip on the American Car Market, Auto Industries of Europe, U.S. and Japan, read The Future of the Automobile, How is Cars Made, The Story of the Automobile in America, History of Corvettes, When the First Car Was Made, many more. Automotive pictorial books free, car books free.

Automobiles Design & Construction – Collection – Automotive Industry Books

About 95 free books about automobile design and construction. Some books: Great Car Designs 1900-Today, Careers in Automotive Design, When the First Car Was Made, Who Invented Model T, Car Technology of the Future, Fifty Cars that Changed the World, The Physics of Nascar, What does Automotive Engineers Do, The History of Ford Mustang, Clean Car Wars, Green Designed Future Cars, more.

Electric Automobiles – Collection – Free Car Books

About 30 free books about electric cars. Some books: How Electric and Hybrid Cars Work, When the First Car Was Made, Reinventing the Automobile, Electric Cars: the future is now, Auto Industry in the U.S., Auto Books for Free, Car Technology of the Future, Electric Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation, Building the E-Motive Industry, Electric and Hydrogen Vehicles for the 21st Century, more.

Automobile Driving Books – Collection – Free Car Books

About 100 auto driving books free online. Some books: Sportsmanlike Driving, The Bad Driver’s Handbook, Learn to Drive, Happiness is Having Your Own Driver’s License, Sharing the Road with Idiots, How to Drive, Things to Know about Cars and Driving, Being a Teen Driver, Pass Your Driving Test, Safe Driving, Learning to Drive, How is Cars Made, The History of Ford Mustang, How to Drive into Accidents and How Not To, License to Drive, Zen Driving, What Year First Car Made, High Performance Driving, many more. Car driving books, automotive pictorial books, auto books for free.

Automobile Racing Books – Collection – Auto History Books

About 140 free books about automobile racing. Some titles: Race Cars: Science Technology Engineering, How to Autocross, Grand Prix 2009, Drag Racing, NASCAR Safety on the Track, The Making of a Race Car, more. What cars are American made.

Social Aspects of Automobiles Books – Collection – Best Auto History Books

About 65 books on social aspects of cars. Some books: The New World after Oil Cars and Suburbs, The Cultural Life of the Automobile, Online Car Books, What Cars are American Made, Mobility without Mayhem, History of Corvettes, Love and Hate in the Automotive Age, The Big Book of Car Culture, Driving Around the USA, more.

Auto Collecting and Auto Collectors – Collection – Auto Industry Book

About 40 free books about car collecting and collectors. Some titles: 2016 Collector Car Price Guide, Collectors’ Cars, Standard Guide to Cars and Prices, Mercedes-Benz Illustrated Buyers’ Guide, History of Corvettes, Collector Car Digest, American Automobile Collections and Museums, more. Automotive Design Books.

Books on Antique and Classic Cars – Collection Classic Cars Books Free

About 100 free books about antique and classic cars. Some book titles: Encyclopedia of Classic Cars, Classic Cars: celebrating the legends, Road Hogs: Detroit’s big beautiful luxury performance cars, The History of Ford Mustang, How to Keep Your Collector Car Alive, Vintage Cars 1919-1930, more. Vintage Automobiles.

Books on Ford Mustangs – Collection – Classic Cars Books Free

About 40 free books about Ford Mustangs. Some book titles: Mustang Classics, Mustang: forty years, The Pocket Book of the Mustang, Standard Catalog of Mustang 1964-2004, The Ford Motor Company History, Mustang: the classic American sportscar, The History of Ford Mustang, Where Ford Cars are Made, Ford Mustang Automotive Repair Manual, more.

Books on Corvette Automobiles – Collection – Classic Cars Books Online

About 50 free books about Corvette sports cars. Some books: Legendary Corvettes, Corvette: sports car superstar, Corvette: 50 years, Corvette Field Guide 1953-Present, The Pocket Book of the Corvette, History of Corvettes, What Cars are American Made, Online Car Books, Illustrated Corvette Buyer’s Guide, more.

Mini Automobiles Books – Collection – Classic Cars Books Online

About 15 free books about the Mini car. Some books titles: The Big History of the Small and Mighty Mini, The Crazy World of Modified Minis, The Mini: 40 years of fun, You and Your New Mini, Auto Books for Free, How is Cars Made, Mini Owners Workshop Manual, more.

Automobile Books for Young People – Collection – Free Cars Book

About 240 free books for young people about cars. Some book titles: Inside a Formula 1 Car, Megafast Supercars, Stock Cars, Hybrid and Electric Cars, Mercedes, BMW, Auto Books for Free, Car Technology of the Future, History of Corvettes, Toot Toot Beep Beep, Online Car Books, TopGear Official Annual, more.


Individual Auto Books – Auto History Books

Auto History Books - Historic Auto Books

Packard Motor Cars. Operation and Care for 1907, 1908, 1909 and 1910 Cars – Auto History Books

Packard 1910

Vintage car manuals from the early 20th Century.

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Ford Methods and the Ford Shops – Books on the History of Automobiles

Arnold, Horace Lucien and Faurote, Fay Leone
Engineering Magazine 1915

This book, published by “Engineering Magazine” in 1915, examined the revolutionary industrial methods of the Ford Motor Company, in “what is up to now the final word in efficient, standardized, repetitive production.”
Chapter headings are: 1. The Genius of the Plant, 2. The Ford Stock System and Employment Methods, 3. How the Work is Done, 4. Inspection and Assembly, 5. Motor-Test Blocks and Chassis-Assembling Lines, 6. Machining and Assembling the Front Axle, 7. The Crank Shaft, Piston, and Piston Rings, 8. The Commutator Production and Assembly Job, 9. Sheet-Metal Work, 10. Conveyors, Work-Slides, and Roll-Ways, 11. The Bushings Job, 12. Special Machines and Fixtures, 13. The Foundries, 14. How Ford Bodies are Finished. Painting, Upholstering, Japanning and Baking, 15. The New Factory Conditions, 16. Safeguarding the Workmen. The Ford Motor Company History, where Ford cars are made, who invented the Model T.

See also: Page, Victor Wilfred, The Model T Ford Car; Its Construction, Operation and Repair on this page, below.

Audels Answers on Automobiles for Owners, Operators, Repairmen, relating to the parts, operation, care, management, road driving – Historic Auto Books

Audel, Theodore
Audel 1912

As autos became more affordable in the early 20th century, the number of auto owners grew rapidly. Autos were, by the engineering standards of that time, very complex machines. This 1912 book attempted to introduce the general public to automotive technology, and teach them the skills they would need to drive vehicles and to meet the intensive maintenance requirements.

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List of Books on Automobiles and Motorcycles – Historic Books on Autos

Blessing, Arthur R.
Wilson 1918

1918 Bibliography of books published up to that point about cars and motorcycles. Of special interest is the large section on “Road Guides”.

Power Behind the Wheel: Creativity and the Evolution of the Automobile – Books on Auto Industry in the U.S.

Boyne, Walter J.
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1988

Surveys the history of automobile design, including engines, bodies, and exteriors, discusses unusual and classic models, and suggests future developments.

Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress 1903-2003 – Auto Industry History

Brinkley, Douglas
Viking 2003

The saga of how Henry Ford and Ford Motor Co. changed our world. Reveals the details of Ford’s achievements, from the success of the Tin Lizzie to the Model A and V-8, through the Thunderbird, Mustang, and Taurus. Discusses three factories: Highland Park, River Rouge, and Willow Run, where B-24 airplanes were mass-produced during WW2. Tells of Ford’s expansion throughout the world, as well as the acquisitions of Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Mazda. Explores Ford’s darker aspects, including its founder’s anti-Semitism and wartime pacifism.

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How Automobiles are Made – Car Industry Books Free Online

Cooke, David C.
Dodd, Mead 1957

This book, with plenty of photos, follows the manufacture of an automobile from sketchbook stage to the assembly-line production of the car, showing how the process was carried out in the 1950s. When the first car was made.

Construction and Manufacture of Automobiles – Historic Auto Design Book

Flanders, Ralph E.
NY: Industrial Press 1912

This 1912 book is intended for an engineering audience, and describes, with numerous illustrations and photos, all components of autos at the time. It also covers the manufacture and machining of the parts that made up an auto.

Motor Vehicles and their Engines – Historic Book on the Auto Industry

A practical handbook on the care, repair and management of motor trucks and automobiles for owners, chauffeurs, garagemen and schools

Fraser, Edward S. and Jones, Ralph B.
Van Nostrand 1921

This 1921 book explains in detail how the various components of motor vehicles worked, assisted by 278 illustrations. It was probably too technical for the average driver, but very informative for aspiring auto mechanics. It goes beyond purely generic descriptions, and covers the different designs used by leading manufacturers. Now the book serves as a useful description of the state of automotive technology about 1920.

Cars, Bikes, Trains, and other Land Machines – Automotive Industry in the U.S.

Graham, Ian
Kingfisher 1993

Heavily illustrated mechanical engineering book for young people. Text, illustrations, and diagrams introduce the parts, operation, and uses of cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other land vehicles.

The Practical Design of Motor Cars – Historic Auto Books for Free

Gunn, James
Longmans 1910

The author of this 1910 British book was an instructor in a technical college in the then-new field of motor vehicle engineering. This book was intended for technical students. Now it serves mainly to show the state of automotive technology in 1910, and the engineering challenges confronting the industry.

Horseless Vehicles; Automobiles, Motor cycles Operated by Steam, Hydro-carbon, Electric and Pneumatic Motors – Historic Car Books

Hiscox, Gardner D.
Munn 1900

A readable and only moderately technical book, published in 1900, that covers the history of all types of motorized vehicles to that point, as well as the state of technology at the turn of the 20th century. There are separate chapters for steam, electric, and compressed air vehicles, (besides vehicles with “explosive motors”), because cars were being built with all these technologies at that time. Over 300 illustrations. An appendix contains a list of about 200 companies producing autos in the U.S. in the late 1890s.

Service Station Management; Its Principles and Practice – Historic Book on Auto Service Industry

Covering service merchandising methods, shop arrangement and management stock room systems and stock record systems

Jones, Charles L.
Van Nostrand 1922

Published in 1922. “The author tells how to lay out and equip service stations and how to manage and build up the business but is not concerned with methods of performing repair jobs. He writes from nine years’ experience with the Ford motor company, service department, and the examples given in the book mainly refer to Ford service stations, although the underlying principles may be used by dealers and service stations handling other makes of cars.” – A.L.A. Catalog (1926).

Behind the Wheel at Chrysler: The Iacocca Legacy – Auto Industry Book

Levin, Doron P.
Harcourt Brace 1995

For a number of years in the 1980s and ’90s Lee Iacocca was one of the most popular and respected men in America, widely considered a management guru. In this book a Detroit Free Press reporter demythologizes Lee Iacocca’s leadership of Chrysler, demonstrating how salesmanship and self-promotion invariably trumped innovation and investment.

Automobile Year Book – Historic Auto Industry Book

Automobile Department of McClure’s Magazine
NY: McClure’s Magazine 1917

“In addition to the important articles and automobile data, you will find listed in this unusual Automobile Year Book specifications and illustrations of all the important makes of pleasure and commercial vehicles manufactured in the United States.” – Foreward
The profile of each vehicle model includes place of manufacture, prices, specifications, and a picture. Who invented Model T, what cars are American made.

Uncommon Carriers – Car Technology of the Future

McPhee, John A.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006

“This is a book about people who drive trucks, captain ships, pilot towboats, drive coal trains, and carry lobsters through the air: people who work in freight transportation. John McPhee rides from Atlanta to Tacoma alongside Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of a sixty-five-foot, five-axle, eighteen-wheel chemical tanker carrying hazmats—in Ainsworth’s opinion “the world’s most beautiful truck,” so highly polished you could part your hair while looking at it. He goes “out in the sort” among the machines that process a million packages a day at UPS Air’s distribution hub at Louisville International Airport…” -Cover flap. Car technology of the Future.

The Model T Ford Car; Its Construction, Operation and Repair – Historic Book on Auto Design

A complete practical treatise explaining the operating principles of all parts of the Ford automobile, with complete instructions for driving and maintenance; includes the most thorough and easily understood illustrated instructions on Ford repairing ever published; based on five years’ experience of a Ford operator–invaluable to all Ford owners, dealers, salesmen, drivers and repair men–every phase of the subject treated in a non-technical yet comprehensive manner

Page, Victor Wilfred
Henley 1917

“There is only one make of motor vehicle in the world that is sold in large enough quantities to warrant the publication of a special treatise on its repair and maintenance and that is the Ford Model T. With the close of the 1916 season’s business there will be at least 1,000,000 Ford cars of al types in use …” – Preface.
Since its introduction in 1908, the Model T had been the most affordable and popular car in America, making car ownership possible for the first time for middle-income people. This book was mainly intended for all those first-time car owners who were mostly unfamiliar with auto technology. Today it serves as an excellent intro to the Model T and to the state of motor vehicle technology in the nineteen-teens, assisted by 94 illustrations. The Ford Motor Company History, who invented Model T.

Photo-Auto Maps: New York to Chicago; Albany to Saratoga Springs; Toledo to Detroit; South Bend to Indianapolis – Historic Free Car Books

Rand McNally
Rand McNally 1907

One problem faced by auto owners in the early 1900s was navigating in unfamiliar country with a scarcity of street signs. The Rand McNally map publisher addressed this problem in their route guides by accompanying detailed instructions with photos of key intersections along the route. The photos also show a second problem facing drivers; the condition of roads.

Automobile Troubles and How to Remedy Them – Historic Auto Books

A practical book for the automobile owner, operator, dealer, builder, salesman, experimenter and student of mechanical achievements

Root, Charles P.
Thompson 1911

Early auto owners were faced with a heavy maintenance and repair burden. As so much of the technology was new and unfamiliar to almost everyone, many of the issues would have baffled their owners. This 1911 book is different from other repair books on this web page in that it doesn’t try to be an introduction to automotive technology. It was meant to be a reference book to be consulted for repairs, rather than a textbook about automotive design. It focuses on symptoms of automotive ‘troubles’ and their causes. Quite detailed at times, but not very technical. Auto industry in the U.S.

The Automobile; its Selection, Care and Use – Historic Books on Cars

Sloss, Robert T.
Outing 1910

Up-to-date, practical and very definite advice to the beginner on buying, selection of equipment, and care of an automobile, driving, finding troubles, care of tires, housing, and touring. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911. Automotive industry in the U.S.

The Book of the Automobile – Historical Books about Cars

A practical volume devoted to the history, construction, use and care of motor cars and to the subject of motoring in America

Sloss, Robert T.
Appleton 1905

This 1905 book covers, for the layman, auto technology and the impact of motoring on America, from the author’s perspective at the beginning of the 20th century.
Chapters: Beginnings, Gasoline Motor, Steam Motor, Electric Motor, Transmission and Control, Chassis, Types of Gasoline Motor, Types of Steam Motor, How to Choose an Auto, How to Run an Auto, How to Care for an Auto, the Auto in Commerce, the Auto in Sport, Touring. An Appendix covers Automobile Legislation.

Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability – Car Technology of the Future

Sperling, Daniel
Oxford Univ. 2009

“Today there are over a billion vehicles in the world, and within twenty years, the number will double, largely a consequence of China’s and India’s explosive growth. Given that greenhouse gases are already creating havoc with our climate and that violent conflict in unstable oil-rich nations is on the rise, will matters only get worse? Or are there hopeful signs that effective, realistic solutions can be found? Blending a concise history of cars and their impact on the world, leading transportation experts Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon explain how we arrived at this state, and what we can do about it.” -Cover flap. Car technology of the future.

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Henry Ford – Ford Motor Company History

Tilton, Rafael
Lucent/Thomson Gale 2003

This biography aimed at students discusses the early life of Henry Ford, including his moving to the big city and his success as an inventor, engineer, and pioneer of the automobile.
Chapters: Leader in the field — Farm mechanic — Better than steam — Cars from A to T — Millionaire — Conflict and control — New directions — How it all became history. Ford Motor Company history.

The Electric Automobile: Its Construction, Care and Operation – Car Technology of the Future.

Woods, C. E. (Clinton Edgar)
Stone 1900

The intended readers of this non-technical 1900 book were people who were considering purchasing an electric car, which at the time appeared to have a great future.
Chapters: General Conditions Surrounding the Introduction and Use of Automobiles; Carriage Construction, Design and Speed in Connection with Automobiles; Secondary or Storage Batteries – their construction, use and operation in Automobiles; Electric Motors, their Construction, Operation and Control as Used on Automobiles; Testing and Inspection of Electric Automobiles; Street Operation and Care of Electric Automobiles; Automobile Clubs, Meets and Races; Appendix – Types of Modern Vehicles, Car technology of the future.


Motorcycle History Books Free

Motorcycle History Books Free

Motorcycle History Books – Collection – Free Books about Motorcycles

About 500 free books about motorcycles (many duplicates). Some titles: Motorcycle Engineering, Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Motorcycles, the First Century of the Motorcycle, Choppers, Superbikes, Classic British Bikes, Sportbike Performance Handbook, Custom Harley, Classic American Motorcycles, Workshop Practice Manual, Motor Cycle Road Racing, many more.

Motorcycle History Books – Collection – Free Books on Motorcycles

About 35 free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Motorcycle History”. Some books: Japan’s Motorcycle Wars, Supercross, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Triumph Motorcycles, The Story of Harley-Davidson, All about Motorcycles, Dream Bikes, Modern Motorcycle Superstars, The Ultimate Motorcycle Book, Fixing Up Motorcycles, Street Bike Extreme, Complete Beginner’s Guide to Motorcycling, Indian Chief Motorcycles 1922-1953, The Great Motorcycles: Histories of 22 Famous Makes, The Cyclist’s Sourcebook, many more. Motorcycle illustrations book, motorcycle history books online, motorcycle history ebooks.

A-Z of Motorcycles: Illustrated Encyclopedia – Motorcycle History Free Online Books

Brown, Roland
Lorenz 1999

The A – Z of Motorcycles provides an invaluable reference and sourcebook for the new enthusiast and the most experienced and knowledgeable of motorcycle riders, historians and collectors. It consists of a marque-by-marque encyclopedia of models and manufacturers, both existing and defunct. Every major marque is illustrated with photographs, showing the beauty and originality of each machine. This unique collection of photographs is augmented by a comprehensive text which details the technical specifications of the machines, describes the key elements of their design, their performance features and engineering standards, and comments on their special qualifies and attributes. A-Z of Motorcycles read online. Motorcycle illustrations book.

Motor Bicycle Building – Historic Book about Motorcycles

Hasluck, Paul N. ed.
McKay 1907

Vintage motorcycle eBook, from the earliest era of motorcycle history. Motorcycle history ebook, motorcycle history books pdf.

The Motor Cycle Handbook – Vintage Book about Motorcycles

The construction, operation, care and repair of modern types of motor cycles, their accessories and equipment

Manley, Harold P.
Drake 1920

Vintage Motorcycle history book. Motorcycle history books pdf.

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The Story of Harley-Davidson – Free Book about Motorcycle History

Passaro, John
Smart Apple Media 1999

Describes the origins and growth of the well-known motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, chronicling the company’s successes and failures over the past ninety years. Motorcycle industry Books online, history of Harley-Davidson company.

The Illustrated History of Motorcycles – Online Book on Motorcycle History

Tragatsch, Erwin
Quarto 1979

A visual record that traces the evolution and innovations in the motorcycle also recreates the past and explores the present models. The Illustrated History of Motorcycles online free. Motorcycle illustrations, motorcycle history books.

Motor Cycles and How to Manage Them – Historic Books on Motorcycles

Wilson, A. J.
Iliffe 1903

Vintage book on Motorcycles.

Motorcycles: How They Work – Motorcycle Book PDF

Yerkow, Charles
Putnam 1971

Describes the mechanics, maintenance, handling, and selection of a motorcycle. Motorcycles: How They Work. Motorcycles history books online, automotive tech books.

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