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 now, 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.
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.
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.
A Darracq Called Genevieve
The Story of Veteran Motoring's Most Famous Car
To qualify for the London to Brighton veteran car run, vehicles must have been built before 1905, and the most famous entrant is the 1904 French Darracq that starred in Genevieve, the 1953 film about the event. This book explores all aspects of the film and the car itself, including stills, behind-the-scenes photos and memorabilia, and tracing the history of the Darracq from manufacture to a globe-trotting career as a museum attraction.