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European Style with American Muscle

European Style with American Muscle

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European Style with American Muscle

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Jul 1, 2011


A review of "European Style with American Muscle" by Martyn L. Schorr.

If you’re like me and passionately love European-style sports cars and GTs powered by powerful, reliable and durable American engines, Mike Gulett’s latest e-book, "European Style with American Muscle", belongs in your library.

While not overly heavy on text, it’s packed from cover to cover with great information and quality color photography of some of the most exciting Hybrids to have come out of Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK. Mike breaks down the field into 25 chapters, covering the usual suspects plus cars that you have probably never heard of. And, if you are familiar with the marques, you may not have realized American engines powered them. For example, Brough Superior (Hudson chassis and naturally-aspirated and supercharged Sixes), Ginetta (Ford Four and V8s) and Gordon-Keeble (Chevy V8).

It’s also highly-recommended for car enthusiasts who may think that there are only a few vintage European and British nameplates - Allard, AC, Pantera, Iso, Bizzarrini, Jensen, etc., that have relied on American powerplants. Actually Mike covers 25 brands some that will really surprise you.

"European Style with American Muscle" is a great read and puts a whole new focus on Hybrids!

Martyn L. Schorr wrote the book on Baldwin-Motion, “Motion Performance: Tales of a Muscle Car Builder” (Motorbooks).

He is the editor of “Car Guy Chronicles” and is the Chief Communications Officer of “Sarasota Cafe Racers”.

Jul 1, 2011

À propos de l'auteur

Mike Gulett has more than thirty years experience in the technology business with fifteen years as either the President & CEO or the President & COO. He has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.Mike started publishing My Car Quest in November 2010.He lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years with his wife and a few cats. They all now live in Carmel, California.

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European Style with American Muscle - Mike Gulett

European Style with American Muscle


By Mike Gulett

Copyright 2011 Mike Gulett

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Visit Mike Gulett’s Smashwords Profile and blog at My Car Quest.

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: AC (Shelby)

Chapter 2: Allard

Chapter 3: Apollo

Chapter 4: Bitter

Chapter 5: Bizzarrini

Chapter 6: Bristol

Chapter 7: Brough Superior

Chapter 8: Cunningham

Chapter 9: De Tomaso

Chapter 10: Facel

Chapter 11: Ghia and Dual-Ghia

Chapter 12: Ginetta

Chapter 13: Gordon-Keeble

Chapter 14: Hudson

Chapter 15: Intermeccanica

Chapter 16: Iso

Chapter 17: Jensen

Chapter 18: Lister

Chapter 19: Marcos

Chapter 20: Monteverdi

Chapter 21: Nash-Healey

Chapter 22: Railton

Chapter 23: Sunbeam

Chapter 24: Trident

Chapter 25: TVR

About The Author


A car enthusiast, manufacturer or dreamer recognizes the beauty, performance and elegance of a European chassis and body style but is not happy with the small displacement engine usually found in European cars. Fortunately, there are many American engines that are more powerful and are well designed for durability, high performance and easy maintenance.

He has the brilliant idea to put one of these American engines into a beautiful European car. The result is a very fast, small car that is suitable to win races or just to drive around, have fun and look great. Chevrolet, Ford, Cadillac, Chrysler, Nash, Hudson and Buick power these cars.

The chassis and body styling come from many different companies located in several European countries. However, there is a large concentration from the United Kingdom.

Rock stars, movie stars and other celebrities who can afford any car that they wanted, have coveted many of these cars. Some celebrities originally commissioned a few of these cars and changed the course of some of these car manufacturers.

There are twenty-five marques profiled in this book with 14 from the United Kingdom, 5 from Italy, 3 from the United States, 1 from Germany, 1 from France and 1 from Switzerland. There must be many more one of a kind cars that maybe only the creator and his friends and family know about.

Most of these companies have gone out of business for various reasons, including the oil crisis of the 1970s, mismanagement, wars, disagreements between business partners, a merger of a supplier or partner, or the death of the founder.

The car business is a difficult business and even companies with a great product have struggled to survive. Most did not survive but fortunately many of these wonderful cars do still exist today.

These cars are art on wheels and are great collector cars. They are appreciating in value as they become more recognized as an important part of car history. They are not a footnote but an important chapter in the history of the car.

Chapter 1: AC (Shelby)

AC Cars Group Ltd., formerly known as Auto Carriers Ltd., was one of the earliest car companies in Britain. AC has gone through many changes in ownership over the years and has struggled financially.

AC had been using the Bristol straight-6 cylinder engine for many years, up to the early 1960s, including in the AC Ace, a 2-passenger roadster. The Ace had a hand-built body with steel tube frame, and aluminum body panels.

1957 AC Ace

In 1961 Bristol stopped making engines and switched to Chrysler V8 power for Bristol models (see the Bristol chapter). AC was forced to change engines and they switched to the 2.6-liter Ford Zephyr engine.


In late 1961 Carroll Shelby contacted AC with the idea of using an American V8 engine in the Ace chassis. AC liked this idea so Shelby went looking for an engine supplier. He approached Chevrolet and they turned him down because they did not want to create competition for the Corvette. Ford, however, liked the idea because they wanted to compete with the Corvette.

The Ford 260 cid V8 lightweight, tuned engine was chosen and an engine was shipped to AC where it was fitted into the prototype chassis number CSX0001. After AC was convinced this would work the engine was removed and the chassis was sent to Shelby in California where another engine

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