I just scored a hardbound edition on tbay for $30 and free shipping.
It's the 11th printing from 1988.
I can't wait for it to arrive.......
A little outdated now, but still the original and one the best books out there. You will love it. Great photos and explainations. Bruce McCalley & Ray Miller left such a great legacy indeed.
Is there anything in "From Here to Obscurity" that isn't covered and updated in "Model T Ford the Car That Changed the World"?
I've got both books and while Model T Ford the Car That Changed the World is one of the most—if not the most—respected book of its kind, From Here to Obscurity has some interesting insights and photos all its own. It has inaccuracies, to be sure, such as a claim that at one point, Ahoogah-horns were factory-standard equipment: "The horn is now a hand-operated Klaxon, painted black with a brass end-bell." That whopper might compare to, "If you like your insurance company, you can keep it. Period!" Relax, folks—it's just a joke.
Whereas Model T Ford the Car That Changed the World is written in reference-book style, From Here to Obscurity is a breezy, fun read. As long as you don't try to make it get down and walk on all fours, it's a real good book to have.
Both "From Here to OBscurity" and "Model T Ford the Car that Changed the World" pull heavily from the articles that originally appeared in the Vintage Ford magazines. There are cases where the additional photos or information about a car is shared in one book that is not shared in the other. But nothing significant that I have noticed yet. And usually the original article had additional photos or information that was not included because of space etc. in the books. And the cover photo on "From Here to Obscurity" is great -- and it also was used on the cover of the May - Jun 1968 "Vintage Ford" (shown below and used by permission).
Additionally the earlier book has 15 pages on the 1906-08 Model N,R,S & SR cars.
My on favorite Model T read -- is Philip Van Doren Stern's "Tin Lizzie" copyright 1955. Not for authenticity but just plain fun.
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I'm with you Hap!!!!!!!!!!!Bud.PS/BS,While not perfect for authenticty it has a vast ammount of info that leaves many modern hack's looking very DUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bud.
I think Philip Van Doren Stern's book is well researched and quite accurate, perhaps more than some would like to admit. Stern, unlike us, met people who were actually there, and he did a great job of researching materials at the Henry Ford museum. I think the book is ultimately quite authoritative.
Nothing is beyond criticism and of course anything a human says or does will have an unintentional mistake. Stern's work is commendable in that he enters with no preconceived notions that he is trying to satisfy. The book simply gives the reader the information that Stern finds.
There are several things in From Here to Obscurity that have been disputed by later research, but that is probably true of most early books.
I've gotten all three from the Library, read 'em all a couple of times and from a newbie's standpoint, seems each one has plenty of good info to offer. Now if I could only RETAIN everything, or even part of! LOL
I wish those who say [any oil made now is better than what they then] would read page 164 of Tin Lizzie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bud.
It was replaced by the black book, and it's outdated now too!