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.
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
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.
The A–Z of Three-Wheelers
A Definitive Reference Guide
Chiefly associated with the cheap and unfashionable Reliant Robin or the quirky bubble cars of the 1950s, the three-wheeler has in fact been the platform for a variety of vehicles from runabouts and microcars to small vans and sports cars. This illustrated encyclopedia reviews hundreds of examples, from Cugnot's steam car of 1769 to Morgan's currently available '3 Wheeler', and includes production models and prototypes from major manufacturers as well as the eccentric experiments of enthusiastic individuals.
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.
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.
Atmosphere and Light
The Automative Paintings of Barry Rowe
Whether picturing Nuvolari at the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit in 1939, Duncan Hamilton’s C-type Jaguar driving through the night at Le Mans in 1953, or Mika Hakkinen on his way to victory at Monaco in 1998, Barry Rowe‘s work is steeped in the atmosphere of the racetrack. This retrospective brings together around 80 paintings, including several Jaguars (Rowe’s favourite sports car), along with his own informative commentary on the historical context of each subject. Slipcase off-mint
A Grand Tour Through Time
This beautifully designed book takes the armchair traveller on a nostalgic journey through a bygone Europe from the 1920s to the 1980s, from St Mark’s in Venice to bustling Berlin. Belgian journalist Dirk Leyman’s extraordinary collection of vintage travel brochures, booklets, picture postcards and folding maps brings the heyday of carefree travel back to life. Stylish typography and eye-catching graphics celebrate a vanished world of Pullman cars and touring clubs, grand hotels and elegant spas.
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.
An Enthusiast's Guide
Harris Mann's original design concept for the Austin Allegro was not what made it to the production line in 1973, and corporate problems, industrial unrest and poor quality control at British Leyland all contributed to the car earning a disastrous reputation. This book tells the story of how the Allegro was conceived and developed, until withdrawal in 1982, and reports on its resurgence in popularity in recent years as a cheap classic, with detailed advice on buying and restoring your own Allegro.
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.