Cuba, Cars and Cigars
Classic 1950s American Automobiles
Most of the estimated 60,000 classic cars that contribute to Cuba’s unique atmosphere date to before Fidel Castro’s revolution of 1959, after which strict prohibitions on American imports were imposed. As well as decaying examples of Buicks, Chevrolets, Fords, Cadillacs, Packards, Plymouths and Chryslers from Detroit’s golden age, this collection of photographs also captures a selection of vintage European cars and glimpses of Havana street life.
Mercedes Benz Type G4 (W31)
The Ultimate Study
The extravagant and impressive six-wheeled, all-terrain Mercedes G4 was developed for the Nazi leadership in the 1930s, providing a powerful symbol of state. Only 57 of the exclusive limousines were ever built and this tribute traces its history, development and manufacture, examines its use by Hitler and General Franco, and provides an extensive photographic study of one of only four surviving examples.
1967–1970 (all marks) Owners' Workshop Manual
The Lotus 49 is a classic Formula One racing car, introduced in the 1967 season. Its Double Four Valve engine would become dominant in the sport and it was one of the first models to have aerodynamic wings. Jim Clark and Graham Hill were among the well-known F1 drivers who found success in the car. This illustrated manual tells its story and explores the engineering that went into its creation.
Model by Model from 1903
Founded in Lambeth, South London, Vauxhall Motors competed in the luxury car market in the early days of motoring, its focus switching to popular models following acquisition by General Motors in 1925. With detailed specifications and photographs, every car they built is profiled in this book, from the sporting glamour of the Prince Henry in the 1910s to the Viva and Cavalier of the 1960s and 1970s and the Corsa and Meriva of the current line-up.
Sunbeam-Talbot and Alpine
In Detail 1935–1956
The Sunbeam-Talbot brand introduced refined and sporty saloons in the 1930s, based on the engineering of other cars in the Rootes Group, such as Hillman and Humber. This illustrated history profiles each model from the Talbot Ten to the 90 MkIII and the Sunbeam Alpine two-seaters, and also explores the racing heritage of the marque, whose works team included Stirling Moss during its heyday in the early 1950s.
The Reliant Robin
Britain's Most Bizarre Car
The three-wheeled Reliant Robin became something of a joke in British motoring during the 1980s but its practical design, low running costs and competitive price tag had proved a successful formula in the 1970s for both private motoring and light commercial use. This account of the thirty-year career of the innovative fibreglass car also explores the company's other surprising models such as the sporty Bond Bug and the luxury Scimitar sports estate.
Grand Prix Ferrari
The Years of Enzo Ferrari's Power, 1948–1980
The greatest team in Grand Prix racing in the 20th century was strongly controlled by its founder, Enzo, who presided over periods of dominance in the sport in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. This detailed history of the team during his stewardship includes a season-by-season account of its changing fortunes, analyses of the Formula 1 cars, with the specifications of each model, profiles of drivers, race results and photographs from throughout the period.
Owners' Workshop Manual 1973 Onwards (All Marks)
When James Hunt drove an M23 to victory in the 1976 World Championship, the car was already a veteran of Formula 1, having been a championship winner for Emerson Fittipaldi. The racing history in this guide is accompanied by a technical breakdown of the car, including revisions and modifications over its long racing career, reminiscences of McLaren team members and drivers, and insights into owning and running examples today.
Ferrari 512 S/M
Owner's Workshop Manual 1970 Onwards (All Models)
Challenging at Le Mans and other international endurance events in the early 1970s, the Ferrari 512 became one of the marque’s best-loved competition sports cars, despite never quite delivering on its promise in race wins. This guide provides a mechanical and design analysis, with detailed photographs and cut-away diagrams, as well as an account of the car’s racing years, personal views from drivers and engineers, and information about restored models today.
The Legacy of Hans Ledwinka
In the 1920s the Czech car manufacturer Tatra was producing some of the most innovative vehicles in the world and its streamlined models of the 1930s were a major influence on Ferdinand Porsche and the design of the Volkswagen Beetle. This history follows the changing fortunes of the company, which is still manufacturing trucks, and assesses the contribution of its pre-war chief designer, Hans Ledwinka, to the development of car design.
SS & Jaguar Cars
The first Jaguars were produced by coachbuilder SS Cars (originally Swallow Sidecar Company) with engines provided by the Standard Motor Company of Coventry. This review of the marque's early models covers the first pre-war cars, the elegant open top SS100 and the post-war Mk IV and V Jaguars (the SS name having been dropped in 1945). There are specifications of each model, colour schemes and production numbers as well as sales and export figures and competition history.
1979 to 2015
This review of the premium off-roader traces its roots to the collaboration between Mercedes and Steyr-Puch, who brought decades of experience in all-terrain vehicles to the original project in the 1970s. Illustrated with publicity images, period brochures and photographs of all models in action, the book outlines the developments and adaptations that have transformed the model from a practical workhorse to the super-luxury 4x4 of today.
The Definitive History 1997 to 2005
The Porsche 911 has been in continual development since its launch in 1963, the 1997 revamp introducing a water-cooled engine for the first time. This fifth volume in Brian Long’s history of the car reviews the design, specifications, marketing and racing performance of the 996 version.
Mercedes-Benz SLK R170 Series
The challenge with the R170 was to achieve a competitive price and sporty performance while retaining high safety and build standards, and including expensive features, such as the ‘Variodach’ folding roof. This book charts the design process and changes made to the specifications, year by year.
André Lefebvre and the Cars He Created for Voisin and Citroën
The Life Story of a Passionate Automotive Pioneer
The Citroën 2CV and DS , quintessential French cars of the post-war era, introduced radical new concepts in automotive design. Before the war, their designer had already proved himself an innovator, pioneering front-wheel drive and independent suspension with the Traction Avant. This automotive history follows the career of André Lefebvre from this early work on sports cars for Voisin to his futuristic concept car of the 1950s.
Behind the Wheel of a Motoring Icon
‘What makes an Aston Martin unique: that subtle blend of beauty, understated aggression, sizzling performance and a distinctively British character.’ From the oldest surviving Aston Martin, an ‘A3' from 1921, to 2019 and the groundbreaking Valkyrie, produced in partnership with Red Bull Racing, the writers of Evo magazine profile every road and racing model, with brief technical details, evocative descriptions of how the cars drive and outstanding photographs. Off-mint.
FX4 Black Cab: 1958 to 1997
An Insight into the History and Development of the Famous London Taxi
This ‘enthusiasts’ manual’ provides a history of London’s famous black cab as well as details of the taxi’s construction, its mechanical systems and the different models and variations introduced over the years, plus notes on buying, driving and maintaining these classic vehicles.
Cops and Robbers
The Story of the British Police Car
A former police constable turned television presenter and car builder, Ant Anstead presents a lively history of the British police service’s relationship with the car, from chasing pioneer motorists on bicycles and the realization that they needed to be quicker than the offenders, to the high-spec supercars in use today. Anstead traces the car’s changing role in policing but, as a self-confessed petrol-head, his emphasis is on the cars, whether Morris Minor panda cars or Subaru Impreza Turbos.