History
Click here to see 3 Plymouth history books.
All 3 books are listed alphabetically by the author's last name.

Big note: although Dodge is not an orphan, it's nearly impossible and kinda stupid to exclude some excellent Plymouth marque histories just because they have non-orphan car material in them.

So we won't try to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Whenever possible and necessary, we'll tell you if a Dodge/Plymouth book is worth the money for its Plymouth content.
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The Hemmings Book of Plymouths by Terry Ehrich & Richard Lentinello (Editors)
(Hemmings Motor News; Bennington, VT; 2002)

Like other Hemmings offerings with titles containing the words "The Hemmings Book of...", this book features a collection of Plymouth articles that Hemmings has published over the years up to the year 2002. (The fact that the authors are listed as editors is a pretty good tipoff.)

Softcover, Used: Prices vary. Look for a used copy of this book in the $8-$15 range.
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The Complete Book of Dodge and Plymouth Muscle by Mike Mueller
(Motorbooks International.; Minneapolis, MN; 2009)

This lavishly illustrated work conducts readers through the fifty-plus-year history of Mopar performance, from the first Hemi V-8 offered to the public in 1951 through today's fire-breathing, world-beating Chargers, Challengers, and Vipers. 

The Complete Book of Dodge and Plymouth Muscle offers an in-depth look at the specialty packages for street and competition driving that have made Mopar performance a living automotive legend for more than half a century.

With extensive details, specs, and spectacular photographs, this book is the ultimate resource for Mopar muscle cars.

Hardcover, New: $26.40

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Proving Ground: A History of Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth Racing by Jim Schild
(Motorbooks International; Minneapolis, MN; 2009)

From the early decades of the Indy 500 to the modern superspeedways of NASCAR, from the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race to drag racing’s 4.5-second quarter-mile runs, this is the story of one company’s pursuit of performance and the glory that came with it.

Full of hundreds of color and black and white photos, we hear tales of the Hemi, the Superbird, Don Garlits, Richard Petty, and many other legends.

Noted author and Chrysler enthusiast Jim Schild tells the whole MOPAR story, from door-banging Trans Am racing, to land speed records on the salt flats of Bonneville, from the legendary C-300 to the road-shredding Dodge Viper.

(Note: buyers of this book generally like it but complain that it's not nearly as comprehensive as they thought. Beautiful photography but some racing efforts are emphasized while others are completely missing. Ask your fellow Plymouth fans before buying.)


Hardcover, New: $26.40

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Dodge Dart and Plymouth Duster by Steve Statham
(Motorbooks International, First Edition; Minneapolis, MN; 2003)

In 1964, Chrysler offered an optional V8 with its popular A-body Dodge Valiant.

Banking on the resulting success of the package, Chrysler went on to release a decade-worth of low-priced, high-performance muscle cars based on the Valiant, including the Dart GT and GTS, the Swinger 340, the Demon, and the Duster.

Color photography of restored and factory-original vehicles, along with archival images, are accompanied by a history for each, there are discussions of design and production, driving impressions, accessories and options, popular performance upgrades, and the cars' successful histories at the drag strip.

Steve Statham is the author of the MBI muscle car books Camaro and Pontiac GTO: The Great One.

Softcover, Used: Prices vary. Look for a used copy of this book in the $40-$50 range.

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Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth Muscle by Tony Young
(Motorbooks International, First Edition; Minneapolis, MN; 1999)

From its inception in 1929, Chrysler Corporation had been laboring in the shadow of Ford and GM, until, in 1955, Chrysler experienced a confluence of styling and performance that catapulted it to the forefront of the industry.

Its trendsetting C-300 was beautiful and powerful, and launched a high-performance assault that continued until the early 1970s.

Road Runners, Barracudas, Challengers, Chargers and Super Bees, powered by legendary 426 Hemi, 340, 440 and 383 engines, were transformed into the greatest racers of the era.

This fascinating volume chronicles Chrysler's high-performance history from the C-300 to the Dodge Viper. A great combination of archival and contemporary photographs, plus technological developments, racing, styling, engineering, personalities, promotions and more highlight Chrysler's muscle car era.

(Note: buyers of this book generally like it. Although they say there's nothing here that hasn't been covered in other books, they like Tony Young's presentation of the material. They recommend it.)

Hardcover, Used: Look for a used copy of this book in the $5-$10 range.

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