By on December 19, 2013


Micheal Lamm has worn a lot of hats in the automotive media world, including stints as editor and publisher at a number of respected publications (besides siring the man who gave the world the 24 Hrs of LeMons series). In addition to wearing a lot of hats, Mike has also owned a lot of cars including about 80 collectible and special interest automobiles over the past 62 years. Most of them he loved, others he grew to hate.


Last year Michael did a 15 part series for Hemmings called Cars I’ve Loved and Hated, which he graciously allowed me to excerpt at my own site. He’s a great writer who accurately conveys what it’s like to be a car enthusiast and I think he’s one of the good guys in the autojourno biz. A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design (Amazon or directly from Lamm), which Lamm wrote with retired GM designer, the late Dave Holls, is encyclopediac in scope and pretty much the standard reference on the topic.

With just a week to go before Christmas and you have loved ones who love cars, or if you forgot to get your Jewish car enthusiast friends anything for Chanukah, now passed, there’s good news. Lamm decided to publish of Cars I’ve Loved and Hated on CD with the 223 pages of text and 131 photographs laid out in book format by noted automotive artist Casey Shain and though it normally costs $14.95 plus $3 shipping, Mike’s having a holiday sale and if you order it now, you can get it for just $12.95 and he’ll throw in first class postage in the U.S. for free until Christmas day. For more information, visit or send your check (no credit cards accepted) to Mike at Lamm-Morada Publishing Co. Inc., 9428 Hickory Ave., Stockton CA 95212. If you ask him, he’ll probably autograph it.

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11 Comments on “Cars I’ve Loved And Hated by Michael Lamm...”

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    Felis Concolor

    Sounds like it’ll be a fun read; thanks for the tip!

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    Stylistically, the definitive Camaro for me is the 1987 IROC. It’s the car that still comes to mind when I hear or read the word “Camaro.”

    The first-gen car always struck me as short and fat.

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      … and forgive me if that era Camaro brings bad memories for me. I was finally about to be promoted to a dealer job, with company car (usually selected by employe, and I would have selected the new 1982 Camaro)when for some unexplained reason, the company hired an outsider with both serious drinking and family problems to instead take that position, so I lost that benefit. And, when I balked at additionally working every weekend because the new guy told me he “just lives too far to bother coming in on weekends”, I was asked to leave the company by him. So, ya OneAlpha, not able to vote with you.

      I’m one of those who like very much the original ’67-’68 Camaros. It was one of those times when, arriving late to the ponycar party, Chevrolet decided to at least be the life of the party when they did arrive. I remember my buddy Rick and I trying to sneak a peek to see the new ’67 fullsize Chevrolets at Van Nuys assembly early, and being blown away when we also caught a glimpse of the new Camaro alongside the other cars. Rick was so impressed that he bought one the following summer.

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        I don’t hate 3rd Gen cars, but I’d take my ’68 10 times out of ten over any IROC.

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        There’s something about the late third-gen body that just works for me. All the lines and proportions just do it for me, and same with the 1989 Trans Am GTA and the Buick GNX – all three are classics to my eye, and essentially aesthetically perfect from the factory.

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          Same here. I didn’t appreciate the third gens at the time, but in hindsight, they were pretty cars, particularly the later T/A GTA’s. I didn’t notice that subtle coke bottle bulge in the rear quarters that all third gens possess until they were long out of production. Once it caught my eye, I thought it was lovely. It gave them an aura of class that was lacking in my beloved (but much boxier and harder edged) Fox bodies, and was completely lost with the fourth-gen’s Buck Rogers styling (No offense to any fourth gen fans intended. They were great cars, I just never could warm up to the looks).

          To me, the Firebird was always more attractive than the equivalent Camaro, no matter the model year. Pontiac just always managed to get the styling right, somehow. I’d prefer a third to a first gen, but I wouldn’t say no to an early ‘Bird. Make mine a 67, with the Ram Air I, four speed, and dealer installed 4.33’s.

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            When it comes to the first 2nd gen cars, the Firebird absolutely clobbers the Camaro in the looks department. The Camaro’s gaping square maw with half-bumpers flanking it does nothing for me.

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    And…I’m not gonna get anything done today.

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    Mike’s a good guy and a good writer. Buy his book!

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    Correct on both counts, Murilee. I plan to.

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