The American Auto Factory

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Motorbooks International, 2002 - Transportation - 192 pages
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Witness the evolution of the American auto factory beginning with the basic hand-built assembly of cars built in the earliest part of the twentieth century, through the age of the assembly line, up to today's robotically-operated lines. Large photographs of the assembly lines in action send readers into nostalgic old factories. See the workers, the tools, the methods and the machines that combined their efforts with the ingenuity of industry players like Henry Ford, Ransom Olds. Walter Chrysler, and others to make possible the automobile's worldwide proliferation and availability. Flash back in time to witness the factories decade by decade in never-before published vintage photographs. Featured automakers include Ford, GM and Chrysler, along with smaller companies like Packard, Studebaker, Duesenberg and Auburn. Significant automotive industry events of the past combined with today's technological advances deliver a dynamic photographic look at the auto factories of yesterday and today.

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Byron D. Olsen has been a transportation enthusiast his entire life. A former railroad employee of Great Northern, Burlington Northern, and Soo Line, he has been photographing trains and trolleys for forty years. His appreciation for and knowledge of cars also goes way back, and Olsen has authored a number of automotive books about Oldsmobile, Hudson, Nash, Station Wagons, Automotive Factories, and more.

Joe Cabadas is an automotive journalist whose work regularly appears in several industry trade publications. He is the co-author of MBI Publishing Company's bestselling "The American Auto Factory and lives in Dearborn, Michigan.

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