Auto Industry Books – Automobile History – Car Company Histories

We have many free books to read online about the history of Ford Motor Company and other car companies in the automotive industry, how cars are designed and made, and automotive engineering. Motorcycle history too.

Hint: When a book you want to borrow at Internet Archive is already checked out, go to the Internet Archive’s ‘Search’ box, check “Search Metadata”, and search for the book’s title. Sometimes they have two or more copies.

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Automobiles & Auto History

Automobiles Collection

About 1,500 free online books on the subject of “Automobiles”. Be patient as the page loads.

Automotive History Collection

Over 300 books about the history of Ford Motor Company, how cars are made, and various topics. There are individual books on classic cars like Bugatti, Jaguar, Ford Model T, Corvette and Thunderbird. Also covered are the NASCAR circuit and particular races such as the Indy 500 and Daytona.

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Automotive Industry Collection

About 100 books on automotive history, engineering, how cars are made and designed, Ford Motor company, the automotive industry in America and Europe and much more.

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Free online magazines about Transport (Motor Vehicles, Boats & Ships, Air & Space, Trains)

Automobile Industry and Trade Collection

More than 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Automobile Industry and Trade.

Automobile Driving Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Automobile Driving.

International Motor Cyclopaedia. Sport, Industry and Trade

Automobiles, motorcycles, motorboats and aeronautics. Year book – March, 1908 to March, 1909

Schwarzkopf 1908        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Abbott’s Automobile Law for Motorists

The law of the road and principles of the law of negligence. With a compilation of the motor vehicle statutes enacted by the various states

Abbott, Twyman Osmand
Pratt 1909        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Selected Articles about the History of Science & Technology

Ford Methods and the Ford Shops

Arnold, Horace Lucien and Faurote, Fay Leone
Engineering Magazine 1915        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Chapter headings are: 1. The Genius of the Plant, 2. The Ford Stock System and Employment Methods, 3. How the Work is Done, 4. Inspection and Assembly, 5. Motor-Test Blocks and Chassis-Assembling Lines, 6. Machining and Assembling the Front Axle, 7. The Crank Shaft, Piston, and Piston Rings, 8. The Commutator Production and Assembly Job, 9. Sheet-Metal Work, 10. Conveyors, Work-Slides, and Roll-Ways, 11. The Bushings Job, 12. Special Machines and Fixtures, 13. The Foundries, 14. How Ford Bodies are Finished. Painting, Upholstering, Japanning and Baking, 15. The New Factory Conditions, 16. Safeguarding the Workmen

See also: Page, Victor Wilfred, The Model T Ford Car; Its Construction, Operation and Repair on this page, below;

Ford, Henry, My Life and Work in Century Past Biographies: D, E & F;

Ford, Henry and Lane, Rose Wilder, Henry Ford’s own Story in Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History

See our collections of books on Engineering and Science & Technology

Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress 1903-2003

Wheels for the World Henry Ford Book Cover

Brinkley, Douglas
Viking 2003        Dewey Dec.    338.7

“Car lovers will appreciate this amazing account of the birth of the automobile industry, including funny anecdotes about the trusty Model T, the evolution of the V-8 engine, the artistic design of the Thunderbird, sophistication of the Lincoln Continental, and popularity of the Mustang.” -Booklist

Power Behind the Wheel: creativity and the evolution of the automobile

Boyne, Walter J.
Stewart, Tabori & Chang 1988        Dewey Dec.    629.2

An illustrated history of the auto.

Millions of Cars; from Drawing Board to Highway

Butler, Hal
J. Messner 1972        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Using the Ford Mustang as an example, describes the designing, testing, production, and marketing of a new model car.

Free online magazines about Science, Technology & Computers

How Automobiles are Made

Cooke, David C.
Dodd, Mead 1957        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Motor Vehicles and their Engines

A practical handbook on the care, repair and management of motor trucks and automobiles for owners, chauffeurs, garagemen and schools

Fraser, Edward S. and Jones, Ralph B.
Van Nostrand 1921        Dewey Dec.    629.2

278 illustrations. “This book deals with the mechanism and operation of motor vehicles, enters into details and is well illustrated. The authors were formerly instructors in the motor transportation course of the Coast artillery school. ” – A.B.A. Catalog 1926

Cars, Bikes, Trains, and other Land Machines

Graham, Ian
Kingfisher 1993        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Text, illustrations, and diagrams introduce the parts, operation, and uses of cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other land vehicles.

The Practical Design of Motor Cars

Gunn, James
Longmans 1910        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Satisfactory work for the student and manufacturer, dealing with the fundamental principles on which good design is based and describing and illustrating in detail the different parts of a car. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

Horseless Vehicles; Automobiles, Motor cycles Operated by Steam, Hydro-carbon, Electric and Pneumatic Motors

Hiscox, Gardner D.
Munn 1900        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Subtitle: “A practical treatise for automobilists, manufacturers, capitalists, investors and everyone interested in the development, use and care of the automobile, including a special chapter on how to build an electric cab, with detail drawings”.
This also contains a list of automobile manufacturers in the U.S. It appears to show over 200 companies.

Service Station Management; Its Principles and Practice

Covering service merchandising methods, shop arrangement and management stock room systems and stock record systems

Jones, Charles L.
Van Nostrand 1922        Dewey Dec.    629.2

“The author tells how to lay out and equip service stations and how to manage and build up the business but is not concerned with methods of performing repair jobs. He writes from nine years’ experience with the Ford motor company, service department, and the examples given in the book mainly refer to Ford service stations, although the underlying principles may be used by dealers and service stations handling other makes of cars.” – A.L.A. Catalog (1926)

Behind the Wheel at Chrysler: the Iacocca legacy

Levin, Doron P.
Harcourt Brace 1995        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Uncommon Carriers

Uncommon Carriers Book Cover

McPhee, John A.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006        Dewey Dec.    388

“McPhee’s eye for idiosyncratic detail keeps the stories. . . lively and frequently moves them in interesting directions.” Publ Wkly

Books on Companies and Industries

The Model T Ford Car; Its Construction, Operation and Repair

A complete practical treatise explaining the operating principles of all parts of the Ford automobile, with complete instructions for driving and maintenance; includes the most thorough and easily understood illustrated instructions on Ford repairing ever published; based on five years’ experience of a Ford operator–invaluable to all Ford owners, dealers, salesmen, drivers and repair men–every phase of the subject treated in a non-technical yet comprehensive manner

Page, Victor Wilfred
Henley 1917        Dewey Dec.    629.2

94 illustrations.

Automobile Troubles and how to Remedy Them

A practical book for the automobile owner, operator, dealer, builder, salesman, experimenter and student of mechanical achievements

Root, Charles P.
Thompson 1911        Dewey Dec.    0629.2

Tells the owner, driver or machinist how to locate troubles and gives explicit and easily understood directions for remedying them. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

The Automobile; its Selection, Care and Use

Sloss, Robert T.
Outing 1910        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Up-to-date, practical and very definite advice to the beginner on buying, selection of equipment, and care of an automobile, driving, finding troubles, care of tires, housing, and touring. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911

The Book of the Automobile

A practical volume devoted to the history, construction, use and care of motor cars and to the subject of motoring in America

Sloss, Robert T.
Appleton 1905        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability

Two billion Cars, Driving Toward Sustainability Book Cover

Sperling, Daniel
Oxford Univ. 2009        Dewey Dec.    388.3

“With statistical data, charts, graphs, and erudite analysis, Sperling and Gordon present the most thorough study of the automobile industry general readers could hope to find.” -Booklist

Books on Business Management, Administration, Marketing

Henry Ford

Tilton, Rafael
Lucent/Thomson Gale 2003        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Discusses the early life of Henry Ford, including his moving to the big city and his success as an inventor, engineer, and pioneer of the automobile.
Leader in the field — Farm mechanic — Better than steam — Cars from a to t — Millionaire — Conflict and control — New directions — How it all became history

List of Books on Automobiles and Motorcycles

Blessing, Arthur R.
Wilson 1918        Dewey Dec.    016.6

Practical Bibliographies series, arranged by sub-topics. Of special interest is the large section on “Road Guides”.

Motorcycle History

Motorcycles Collection

About 80 free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Motorcycle History”. Be patient as the page loads.

A-Z of Motorcycles: Illustrated Encylopedia

Brown, Roland
Lorenz 1999        Dewey Dec.    629.2

A reference for all the major international brands, with over 300 illustrations.

Free online magazines about Men’s Interests

Motor Bicycle Building

Hasluck, Paul N. ed.
McKay 1907        Dewey Dec.    629.2

The Motor Cycle Handbook

The construction, operation, care and repair of modern types of motor cycles, their accessories and equipment

Manley, Harold P.
Drake 1920        Dewey Dec.    629.2

The Story of Harley-Davidson

Passaro, John
Smart Apple Media 1999        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Describes the origins and growth of the well-known motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, chronicling the company’s successes and failures over the past ninety years.

Books on Railroad History, Trains

The Illustrated History of Motorcycles

Tragatsch, Erwin
Quarto 1979        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Motor Cycles and How to Manage Them

Wilson, A. J.
Iliffe 1903        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Motorcycles: How They Work

Yerkow, Charles
Putnam 1971        Dewey Dec.    629.2

Describes the mechanics, maintenance, handling, and selection of a motorcycle.

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