Book "Fleetwood - The Company and the Coachcraft

Started by Whit Otis, 1188, September 07, 2011, 10:58:25 PM

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Whit Otis, 1188

Just curious if anyone else has received the latest publication of "Fleetwood  - The Company and the Coachcraft" by James Schild.  Much to my regret, I had missed the first publication of this book when it came out over 10 years ago and sold out.  I was unable to find a used version, though I looked for years.  I was happy to learn last year that the book was being updated and a second edition published.  If you are a history buff, this book is fascinating.  I skimmed through it when I first received it and had intended to wait until this winter to read it, but couldn’t wait to get started.  So far, I have read up through the 1934 Chapter.  I had always known Fleetwood had a great reputation and had built bodies for a number of different car makers in the early days (Lincoln, Rolls, Dusenberg, et al).  I was interested to find out that even after the company was acquired by the Fisher Brothers in the mid 1920’s that they continued to build bodies for Packard, Rolls, Stutz, etc.  At any rate, if you love GM and automotive history, I think this is a must have.  It is not a “fluff” coffee table book with lots of pictures and inaccurate data.  This is a book that has a wealth of detailed info and one I will be studying for some time (years?) to come.  Just wondered if anyone else bought it and was enjoying it as well.

Whit
Whit Otis -
1941 6219D Custom
1941 6219D
1940 7533F
1948 6069X
1985 Eldorado Biarritz
1999 Bentley Arnage
2019 XT5
Drawing of AP Sloan Custom by Terry Wenger

Mike Josephic CLC #3877

Hi Whit:

Where can copies of this book be purchased?

Mike
1955 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1995 Cadillac Seville
2004 Escalade
1997 GMC Suburban 4X4, 454 engine, 3/4 ton
custom built by Santa Fe in Evansville, IN
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
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Terry Wenger

Terry Wenger CLC #1800
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1932 355B TSD
1939 7557
1940 60S
1941 60S
1947 6267 Conv.
1949 6207X Coupe
1963 60S

Whit Otis, 1188

Mike, 

Having read many of your posts, I think you will enjoy this work.  The contact info listed by Terry is the place to go.
Hi Terry!

Whit
Whit Otis -
1941 6219D Custom
1941 6219D
1940 7533F
1948 6069X
1985 Eldorado Biarritz
1999 Bentley Arnage
2019 XT5
Drawing of AP Sloan Custom by Terry Wenger

936CD69

Gents, if any owners of this book would be willing to look it up, I am looking for any information on the 85-87 Fleetwood 75s. I understand the 2011 version of Mr Schild's book cover up to 1996. The info is needed for the Authenticity manual for class 28A. Thanks in advance!

Craig
Craig Brillhart CLC# 26217
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Guidematic


Fleetwood was indeed one of the grand coachworks companies during the classic era. I can understand it would be a fascinating read. But for those that want a quick fix, check out this great article on Coachbuilt.com.

http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/f/fleetwood/fleetwood.htm

Mike
1970 Fleetwood Brougham 68169
1985 Eldorado Coupe 6EL57
1988 Eldorado Biarritz 6EL57
1990 Brougham d'Elegance 6DW69
1994 Fleetwood Brougham 6DW69