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James Kaster

My credentials are simple. I'm a life-long avid automotive enthusiast, small collector, experienced with restorations, skilled part locator, and just a bit absent-minded. It's that last point that compels me to write these books. While I store a lot of auto trivia in my brain, there's just too much detail that no one person can remember. So, it was only natural for me to compile that information into these books.

I'm not a negative critic. I can find something to appreciate in any vehicle. Therefore, I present the facts, stats, and quotes from manufacturers with no personal bias nor personal comments. In the opening overview, I discuss the characteristics and criteria that leads to the inclusion of automobiles in the books. It's a simple approach that allows my readers to draw their own conclusions about the cars. With the hundreds and thousands of pictures, these books enable carlovers to compare and contrast makes, models, and yearly changes.


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THOSE 80s CARS is dedicated to enthusiasts of the manufacturers of American owned and branded franchises. These often overlooked cars are now entering classic and collectible status. This is your resource guide of exterior and interior views with hundreds of pages, over 2,400 images (front, back, profiles, interiors, dashes, seats and a few cut-a-ways), and quotes and stats from the brochures and media kits.

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Those 80s Cars -

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American Automotive Design Trends

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The Couture Car - High Style for High Society

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People like shiny things. Few things are shinier than new cars: paint, trim and chrome. And people like soft things, like pillow-top beds, overstuffed sofas and recliners. These home trends translated into car styles as people wanted to make more of a statement in their vehicles. They got it in generous doses of style via the Couture Car.

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The Personal Luxury Car - Selling a Lifestyle

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As the car market proliferated with many styles, makes and functions, one particular trend elevated the automobile above the mere transportation-only, family-hauling and / or workhorse appliance. It was the “Personal Luxury Car.” Affordable cars could be crafted and massaged into status symbols for the masses while luxury cars could be similarly fashioned into a rarer form of distinction.

       

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With each passing generation, attention in collectible cars migrates to vehicles of more recent decades. Cars of the 1970s and 1980s are now entering classic and collectible status and one American automotive design trend that is ubiquitous throughout those decades is the opera window.   

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Lincoln Versailles 

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A new breed of Lincoln arrived in the spring of 1977. This new "international sized" Lincoln was Ford's response to increasing competition from European luxury makes and the successful introduction of the Cadillac Seville. It was also a response to consumers' demands for more fuel efficient cars during a decade of oil embargoes, rising gasoline prices and federally mandated CAFE standards. Despite its meager origins, the Lincoln Versailles offered superb comfort and convenience in the luxury compact class. Following Cadillac's lead with the Seville, Lincoln priced the Versailles higher than the rest of the line. In this book, read about the history, compare facts and features, browse through media kits and brochures, see dealer product comparisons, view customized models, and even build a paper model.

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