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1001 Mustang Facts
If you’ve been reading automotive magazines or watch Barrett-Jackson auctions on television, you’ve probably seen Steve Magnante. “Magneto” as his friends call him is a bit of a savant at automotive knowledge, trivia, and history, and he loves the details that go into all of the above. The official press release describes Magnante as having an “encyclopedia-like knowledge of fascinating automotive facts,” which is totally accurate. So when we saw his new book, Steve Magnante’s 1001 Mustang Facts from Cartech, we knew immediately that it would be full of interesting stuff.
The book is broken into eight chapters covering the various generations of Mustangs and is full of interesting facts, figures, and plain and oddball little nuggets, plus press commentary back in the day, all of which should keep even the most knowledgeable Mustang fanatic interested and entertained.
One obscure fact is: “Did you know that in a two-page ad promoting the new Boss 429, the focal point of the ad featured a raid dragster that was actually running a 427 Cammer?”
And another is: “Did you know that the 2005 Mustangs were the first Mustangs built that didn’t share their platform with another Ford model?”
And yes, there is even a chapter in the book devoted to the Mustang-that-everyone-hates, the Mustang II! In all, whether you’re partial to vintage or late-model Mustangs, Magnante’s latest Cartech book is a good one to have in the library. What’s more, since it is full of 200-word or less snippets, it can be picked up at any point and read in short stints, making it the perfect bathroom reader for car guys. You can get Steve Magnante’s 1001 Mustang Facts for $24.95 (plus $6.95 shipping and handling) from Cartech by calling 800-551-4757 or visiting www.cartechbooks.com.