The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles: Cobras, Mustangs and Super Snakes is Comer’s second published work, and his true passion for the cars of Shelby American shines through. This highly informative and lavishly illustrated work transports readers through Shelby American’s forty-plus years in an exhaustive review from the first Cobra produced in 1962 through today’s fire-breathing, world-beating Shelby GT500KR Mustang. Hundreds of never before seen archival and stunning contemporary photographs will make this a book you will study for hours on end. Even the most die hard Shelby fan will learn something new about their favorite Texan and his endeavors. All of which explains why The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles remains the best selling Shelby book ever printed.
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Editorial Review – :
“When you see a book described on its cover as being ‘complete,’ your eyebrow automatically goes up.”
This is especially true when that adjective is describing a book on Shelby cars. There are so many examples, permutations and exceptions swirling around in the Cobra/Shelby universe that it’s almost a slam-dunk to imagine that something was overlooked. This is clearly not the case with SAAC member Colin Comer’s latest book. He tells the story and he gets it just right; he doesn’t gloss over the important stuff and it’s not a puff piece or an homage to Carroll Shelby. The glossy pages of this book have a very high quality feel to them. The reproduction of the photos are second to none and the color values are perfect. You will not be disappointed with this book.
– The Shelby American (SAAC official publication)
Editorial Review – :
“Shelby’s story is oft-told, but this book…”
brings together all of his vehicular projects – from the first Cobra (photographed before he had decided ton the name “Cobra”) to his latest hot Mustangs – with all the highs and lows in between. Author Comer delivers an amazing amount of history in a very readable fashion, and the old-time and contemporary photographs are reproduced beautifully.
– Muscle Car Review, January 2010
Editorial Review – :
“Colin Comer may have been born to do this book…”
a beautiful book on every level… this book has it all – lovely writing in a tone of a friend over a pint telling you stories about cars that got away, handsome photographs, important photographs, plenty of inside information and insights, all bound up in a package as elegant and purposeful as the Cobra itself. Bravo.
-Sports Car Market, February 2010
D.C. Smith from Amazon.com – :
“Really is the Complete History of the Marque”
This is the best book on the complete subject I have read. Highly recommended for the Shelby owner, admirer, or collector of authentic automobile.
D.C. Smith from Amazon.com
-Ronald S. Krolick from Amazon.com – :
“Its Not a Book, its an Encyclopedia!”
It is hard to imagine how many years it took Mr. Comer to educate himself, accumulate the inventory of photographs, and then write it all down in such an entertaining manner for this book. I confess that I do not have the aptitude or stamina to even begin to accomplish a task such as this. I am very glad though that Comer did, and even more so that I can own a copy for less than the cost of a mediocre bottle of wine. This is the seminal survey of all that is Shelby – the man as viewed by each and every one of his creations. I admit to being a loyal and steadfast fan of Mr. Shelby, and in fact had my first experience with one of his creations in 1966 at the wheel of a GT350 H outrunning an Ohio State Trooper. Today, over forty years later, I own a collection of original Shelbys and learned more from Comer’s book in one weekend than the last twenty years of attending Shelby meets. While impressive works like the SAAC Registry exist, I have never seen a book on Shelby like this one. It is long overdue and much welcomed. The question is not really whether you should purchase this book but instead, how many you should buy so that when your buddies steal a copy you aren’t missing the best book ever written on the subject.
-Ronald S. Krolick from Amazon.com
-“Rider Boy” from Amazon.com – :
“The Best Automotive Book I Have Ever Read!”
I always take a book called “The Complete Book of…” with a grain of salt. I have never seen a book that really was complete. Until now, that is. This book is unbelievable. Either Mr. Comer has a crack team of researchers in his employment, or else the man possesses a freakish amount of knowledge about Shelby automobiles. Either way, the end result is the first “Complete Book of…” that really is the complete book on the subject. But the stellar quality of this book doesn’t end with it’s completeness. Normally I’d expect a book like this to read like an entertaining encyclopedia, and I wouldn’t be disappointed with that. What I got instead was an extremely well-written–gripping, even–narrative that was as much fun to read as it was to look at, if not more so. It certainly functions as the repository of information that I expected (more-so, actually, since, for once, it really was complete, as advertised), but it also tells a hellaciously good story. As a whole package, this book is absolutely astounding.
-“Rider Boy” from Amazon.com