David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car
This book "fills a gaping hole in automotive history," as a University of Michigan business professor noted, as not only the first biography of David Buick, whose last name has appeared on 40 million cars over more than 100 years, and whose car formed the foundation for the creation of General Motors, which for many years was the world's largest industrial corporation. But, more than that, it's a big part of the story of the birth of the American auto industry, including details about auto pioneers Billy Durant, Charles Nash, Walter Chrysler and Louis Chevrolet, among others. And it's a story "written in a popular style that's difficult to put down," said one reviewer. Another reviewer, recalling that Gustin has written about Buick history for more than 40 years, noted that "If the question is Buick-related, Larry Gustin has the answer. He's also an entertaining story teller and accomplished wordsmith." From his position as automotive editor at the newspaper in Buick's former home town of Flint, and later as Buick PR assistant director, Gustin has been in position to study Buick's heritage for decades. He also tapped other authorities and, for this edition, the knowledge of Kevin Kirbitz, a GM engineering manager whose background makes him an authority on the engineering achievements of David Buick and Buick Motor Co., including the valve-in-head engine that made Buick famous. Back in 1973, Gustin wrote the award-winning and critically acclaimed first biography of William C. Durant, "Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors," described as a "masterpiece" by Road & Track magazine and an "excellent biography" by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bruce Catton. In 1980 he teamed with co-author Terry B. Dunham to produce "The Buick: A Complete History," which was reprinted in five updated editions from 1985 to 2003. This book was reviewed as "one of the best marque histories ever published" by Car Collector magazine. The British magazine Motor Sport called it, "serious history...what historical coverage! What a book!" The updated and expanded edition of "David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car" includes about 200 photos, some never previously published, some published for the first time in a century, and a Foreword by Bob Lutz, the legendary automotive leader and recently retired GM vice chairman. The first edition was favorably reviewed by The New York Times, the (Canadian) National Post and other publications.