You know what you like makes,
years and subjects but what are you getting for
your money? That depends on what is important to you.
Condition: There is no use wasting your money on a worn
out piece of literature unless your only use for it
is the information. Collectibles are more than just
pictures and information. They are investments and are
expected to be in excellent condition. If it is the
only one you have ever seen, and you just have to have
it, well, I understand buying it. But even rare and
100-year-old items can be preserved so that they remain
in excellent condition.
You will note that most literature dealers and eBay
sellers give you as little information as possible.
What is easiest for them is not what is best for you.
Why should you have to guess at what you are purchasing?
At McLellan's Automotive History we are proud of our
48 years of providing you with as complete a description
as possible and with taking all the guesswork out of
As appropriate and available, we give you the following
information on what is included in a brochure:
* One or more photographs showing cover and interior
* Make and models included
* Number of pages
* Color, part-color or black and white
* Number of photographs, photo renderings or drawings
* Text on what is included (interior, exterior, engine,
chassis, mechanical parts, features, etc.)
* Color and upholstery charts
* Technical descriptions
* Options available
* Performance data
* Dimensional drawings
* Special dealership labels (i.e. Inskip)
* Condition (any flaws, dealer stamps, etc.)
|Examples of our descriptions
Year: 1905 (Item #B37592) -
AMERICAN MERCEDES (40-45 H. P.), "American Mercedes
Automobiles": 12 page non-color catalog, 6x9.
Blue stringbound cover, with black lettering,
has drawing of American eagle, American flag and
German flag and red and black poles with American
and German emblems. Two photographs show side
and frontal views of American Mercedes 40-45 H.
P. Touring Car. Includes discussion, specifications
and drawing of Daimler Manufacturing Company,
Long Island City, New York. Comes with: a) separate
2 page (single-side printed) non-color sheet on
"Racing Achievements Not the Basis of Mercedes'
Success"; and b) original matching mailing envelope.
Brochure and sheet have small rusty discoloration.
Year: 1933 (Item #B34950) -
FORD (Commercial Cars and 1 1/2-Ton Trucks [4-
and 8-Cylinder]), "The New Ford Trucks and Commercial
Cars: Power . Speed . Economy . Reliability":
8 page non-color folder, 11x9. Black cover, with
orange, white and black lettering, has triangular
photograph showing grille and headlights on Ford
V-8 Truck and six white-on-black line drawings
of body styles available. Folder opens once to
11x17 layout with nine photographs showing exterior,
engine/chassis and mechanical parts of Ford Sedan
Delivery, Standard and Deluxe Panel Deliveries,
Pick-Up and Station Wagon Commercial Cars, with
discussion, then opens to 22x17 layout with fifteen
photographs showing exterior, engine/chassis and
mechanical parts of Ford Stake Bed, Panels (two),
Platform, Express, Heavy Duty Express and Hydraulic
Dump Trucks, with discussion. Back cover has three
drawings showing ways in which Ford V-8 Trucks
can be used, with discussion and specifications.
Form No. C208.
Year: 1936 (Item #B37143) -
AUBURN (852), "New Super-Charged Auburn":
8 page non-color folder, 8x6. Green and white
cover, with red, white and black lettering, has
ornate scroll frame around photo rendering showing
side view of front of Auburn with supercharger.
Folder opens to 9x24 layout with three full page
photographs showing three-quarter frontal views
of Auburn Convertible Cabriolet and supercharged
4-Door Sedan and Convertible Phaeton Sedan and
cutaway photo rendering "Explaining the Auburn
Super- Charger", with discussion. Reverse side
has two full page photographs showing three-quarter
frontal views of Auburn Super-Charged Coupe and
Boattail Speedster, with discussion and specifications.
Shows light handling; therefore, price has been
Year: 1950 (Item #B37438) -
DODGE (Coronet, Wayfarer and Meadowbrook), "Presenting
the New Bigger Value Dodge": 8 page color
catalog, 15x11. Blue, yellow and white cover has
photo rendering showing three-quarter frontal
view of red Meadowbrook Sedan. Thirty-eight photo
renderings and drawings show exterior, interior,
engine and mechanical features of Dodge Wayfarer
Sedan, Roadster and Coupe; Meadowbrook Sedan;
Coronet 6- and 8-Passenger Sedans, Club Coupe,
'Diplomat', Convertible and Station Wagon. Includes
discussion and specifications. Clip press printing.
Shows light handling and cover has dealer stamp;
therefore, price has been reduced. I.D. #DMA-
Year: 1965 (Item #B11080) -
CHEVROLET (Impala, Bel Air and Biscayne), "Chevrolet:
The Beautiful Shape": 20 page color catalog,
12x9. Cover has white border framing photograph
showing three-quarter frontal view of Artesian
Turquoise Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan in outdoor
setting. Fifty-eight photographs and photo rendering,
including eight nice full page photographs of
the models and two page side view of yellow Impala
Sport Coupe, show exterior, interior, engine,
chassis and features of Chevrolet Impala 4-Door
Sedan, Convertible and Station Wagons; Impala
Sport Sedan and Coupe; Impala Super Sport Coupe
and Convertible; Bel Air 2- and 4-Door Sedans
and Station Wagons; and Biscayne 2- and 4-Door
Sedans and Station Wagon. Includes discussion,
specifications, options and fifteen side view
drawings showing full line of body styles in paint
colors available, with chart of recommended color
combinations. Copyright 1964.
Year: 1985 (Item #B22155) -
PORSCHE (911, 944 and 928S), "Porsche": 36
page color catalog, 11x10. Dark gray cover with
silver lettering and multicolored emblem. Fifty-seven
photographs and drawings, including eight nice
full page or larger photographs of models, show
exterior, interior, engine, chassis, mechanical
features, craftsmen at work and manufacturing
facility for Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, Targa
and Cabriolet and 944 and 928S sport coupes. Sixteen
additional photographs show contemporary and historical
racing scenes and a four page history with five
archival photographs and drawings. Includes discussion
and specifications. I.D. #WVK 104 121.