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Creative Industries of Detroit: The Untold Story of Detroit's Secret Car… (edition 2017)

by Leon Dixon (Author)

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" The most exhaustive and complete account of the Creative Industries,Äôs 40-plus-year history of creating dream, prototype, concept, and one-off cars. Get the exclusive story behind the automotive creations at Creative Industries of Detroit from Dwight D. Eisenhower,Äôs 1950 Presidential Limousine to the 1993 Mustang Mach III concept cars and more. Dream cars examined, with great detail, in this volume include the Ford Atmos-FX, Mercury XM-800, Dodge Granada, Packard Balboa, Packard Panthers, Packard Request, Ford Mystere, Corvette Corvair, Dodge Daytona, Plymouth Superbird, DeLorean, and many more. An amazing amount of hardware was constructed, each made separate from the other and with a high level of secrecy. The careers of the company's founder, Fred Johnson, and his successor, Rex Terry, are featured to show how two former Chrysler employees led the most diverse automotive firm in all of Detroit. As America entered the postwar 1950s, a resurgence by the auto manufacturers enabled them to create the most eccentric and extravagant automobiles of all time. Fierce competition between designers from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and independents, such as Packard, all turned to one car builder nestled firmly in America's bustling automotive mecca to help design the most elaborate prototype and concept cars ever: Creative Industries of Detroit. This all-inclusive book is the first ever on the subject and features behind-the-scenes images and interviews that have never before been published. Whether you are a Creative Industries of Detroit guru, fan of concept cars, or a general automotive enthusiast, this book is an excellent addition to your shelf."… (more)
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A really good book! Great history of a little known company with large impact on the concept car segment of 1950's and 1960's American car industry. Car companies found concept cars to be a great way to create public interest and great way to encourage designers to stretch their imaginations on future projects. And it pointed to a bright future when such things would come to fruition. And a major player in developing these exciting glimpses into the future was Creative Industries of Detroit and this is their story. Fascinating! Book was awarded to me thru LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. ( )
  thosgpetri | Jun 21, 2017 |
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I must admit I had never heard of Creative Industries and was looking forward to finding out about this company's achievements and contributions to the American automotive industry. But for some reason the narrative didn't capture my attention. Well extensively researched and an obvious "labor of love" I think the story was hampered by too much detail in some areas, and assumptions of familiarity with certain US car models in others. I found that after a while this was a book I'd occasionally pick up and skim through only dipping in and out when something caught my attention, rather than sitting down to read it through. ( )
  gothamajp | May 19, 2017 |
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This book with its detailed illustrations and stories reveals a company that aided the big manufacturers in designing automobiles in the 60's and 70's. Every car lover should read this book as it discloses so many things that many of us were unaware of. Enjoy the stories and the pictures and find out the secrets that Detroit harbored. A must read for car fanatics and anyone else interested in this era. ( )
  Gerella | Apr 25, 2017 |
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The biggest problem with this book is that everyone I work with keeps picking it up to read another chapter. The book itself is a fascinating collection for design ideas, lots of interesting photos showing the development of the concept vehicles and enough background to make you enjoy it. each chapter stands on its own making it easy to pick specific concept projects to get immersed in. ( )
  roadkyl | Apr 23, 2017 |
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What a fantastic and intriguing book about American concept cars. This book is a thorough history of the movers and shakers behind the scenes in Detroit. The photos and detailed description of each concept car make the book a priceless addition to any automotive bookshelf. This is a must for any car fanatic. CarTech publishes truly meaningful books related to the automobile industry. Very highly recommended! ( )
  Echo.LaVeaux | Apr 10, 2017 |
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" The most exhaustive and complete account of the Creative Industries,Äôs 40-plus-year history of creating dream, prototype, concept, and one-off cars. Get the exclusive story behind the automotive creations at Creative Industries of Detroit from Dwight D. Eisenhower,Äôs 1950 Presidential Limousine to the 1993 Mustang Mach III concept cars and more. Dream cars examined, with great detail, in this volume include the Ford Atmos-FX, Mercury XM-800, Dodge Granada, Packard Balboa, Packard Panthers, Packard Request, Ford Mystere, Corvette Corvair, Dodge Daytona, Plymouth Superbird, DeLorean, and many more. An amazing amount of hardware was constructed, each made separate from the other and with a high level of secrecy. The careers of the company's founder, Fred Johnson, and his successor, Rex Terry, are featured to show how two former Chrysler employees led the most diverse automotive firm in all of Detroit. As America entered the postwar 1950s, a resurgence by the auto manufacturers enabled them to create the most eccentric and extravagant automobiles of all time. Fierce competition between designers from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and independents, such as Packard, all turned to one car builder nestled firmly in America's bustling automotive mecca to help design the most elaborate prototype and concept cars ever: Creative Industries of Detroit. This all-inclusive book is the first ever on the subject and features behind-the-scenes images and interviews that have never before been published. Whether you are a Creative Industries of Detroit guru, fan of concept cars, or a general automotive enthusiast, this book is an excellent addition to your shelf."

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