A Story of Style
The distinctive sleek styling of Jaguar cars can be attributed to three key designers: William Lyons, joint founder of the company; Malcolm Sayer, the aerodynamicist responsible for racing successes such as the C-type; and Ian Callum, who revived the brand in the 1990s. This comprehensive analysis of the history of Jaguar car design has been prepared in consultation with Callum and the Jaguar Daimler Archive Trust and is copiously illustrated with original design drawings and period photographs.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
EVO Aston Martin
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 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
Practical, spacious and easy to maintain, the Austin FX4 was designed specifically for the London taxi market, establishing the classic form for a 'black cab' and becoming widely used well beyond the capital. This analysis includes details of the car's history and development, and examines its construction and mechanical systems, identifying different models and variations introduced over the years. There are also notes on buying, driving and maintaining 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.
Preston Tucker & Others
Tales of Brilliant Automotive Innovators & Innovations
Financial difficulties saw Preston Tucker's company fold in 1950 before more than 50 of his revolutionary Tucker 'Torpedo' cars could be built. This book tells the story of some of the lesser-known pioneers of automotive history, including Carl Borgward, Felix Wankel and John DeLorean.
Return to Glory!
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Racing Car
Returning to sports-car racing in the early 1950s, Mercedes produced a car that was notably less powerful than its rivals, but was nevertheless competitive due to its low weight and streamlined profile. This book traces the development of the 300SL and reviews its remarkable performances in the most important endurance races of 1952, from the Mille Miglia, where it finished second, to winning at the Nürburgring, Le Mans and the Carrera Panamerica.
Built for Adventure
The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
Like the hero of his adventure novels, Dirk Pitt, author Clive Cussler is a fan of classic cars and he often has his fictional hero driving vehicles that are part of his personal collection. With colour photographs of the cars and brief histories of each model, this book explores the Cussler/Pitt collection which ranges from a 1906 Stanley Steamer to Duesenbergs, Bentleys and Lincolns of the 1920s and 1930s and the extravagant 1948 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport Coupé. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
50 Cars that Changed the World
The Design Museum
Taking into account their aesthetics as well as engineering innovation, cultural impact and influence on the motor industry, the Design Museum's assessment of the most important cars in automotive history begins with Ford's first car for the masses, the Model T of 1908, and includes practical workhorses such as the Land Rover and Austin FX4 (London) taxi, supercars like the Lamborghini Miura and design classics such as the Citroën DS.
National Geographic Moments
As soon as cars took to the road, people started taking photographs of them. This book from National Geographic’s Moments series presents 80 colour photographs showing motor cars in their many forms and functions – whether parked in drive-in cinemas, road racing in Colorado or as art in Carhenge in Nebraska.
Porsche 911 Scrapbook
De Luxe Edition
'The story of the evergreen 911', writes Glen Smale, 'is quite simply one of the most intriguing in the history of the motor industry'. In this 'scrapbook' he traces that story from the Typ 901 prototype in 1962 to the 911 Turbo S in 1998, with fresh insights into the cars' development and their phenomenal success and with hundreds of photographs, many previously unseen. These copies are from a limited edition, signed by Glen Smale and five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell, and bound and slip-cased in grey leather.
An Enthusiast's Guide
Introduced in 1965, the Triumph 1300 was a good quality small saloon with modern Italian styling and innovative engineering. It was not until the Dolomite Sprint version of 1973 that the name by which the model would be remembered appeared and was subsequently applied to other cars in the range. This guide provides a model-by-model history, with technical specifications and more than 150 photographs, and includes an assessment of the Dolomite's predecessors and successors and its sporting record.
2, 3 & 3½ Litre in Detail
The 2-litre Lagonda, launched in 1925, founded the company's reputation for luxury sports cars and was produced until 1933 in various versions, including low-chassis and supercharged types. A 3-litre car was added to the range in 1928. Lagonda unveiled a new 2-litre design in 1932 and produced a 3½-litre car for a brief period in 1934–1935.
Out of the Shadows
Motor racing track marshal at weekends and keen amateur photographer, Roger Lane attended the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix and his images earned him a commission from Agfa to record the colour and atmosphere of international motor racing. These never-before-published photographs show the paddock and trackside scene at Formula 1, sports and saloon car events in the late 1960s, including behind-the-scenes pictures of teams and drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt.
The Zero Carbon Car
Green Technology and the Automotive Industry
Electric cars were popular in America before Henry Ford's Model T revolutionized the industry, and there were even petrol-electric hybrids available as early as 1899. Today motor manufacturers are experimenting with a host of emissions-reducing technologies that explore every aspect of the car from its motive power to the construction and operation of every component. This book traces the history of green technology in the automotive industry and assesses and explains the latest developments.
The Magic of a Name
The Rolls-Royce Story (Part Two)
The 1950s and 1960s were pivotal in the development of Rolls-Royce, consolidating its reputation as the world's premier builder of both luxury cars and aircraft engines. This second volume of the company's history tells the story of how it took a lead in jet technology and expanded its sales in these first decades after the war before a financial crisis resulted in nationalization in 1971, and its subsequent recovery during the 1970s and 1980s.