Clear and simple suggestions on what and how to check in a 500 you are going to buy: documents, genuinity, overall condition, differences among versions and a bit of history of the most loved Italian car.
When the Capri was launched, in 1969, its no-nonsense handling and roadholding and, in 3-litre form, its impressive performance, singled it out from the bland and anonymous saloons of the late 1960s. Capris were straightforward, easy to drive and simple to maintain, and their popularity has been sustained largely because of this. Their simplicity of design and inherent ruggedness makes them ideal candidates for DIY restoration. The booming owners’ club movement and the continuing availability of spare parts ensures that these cars will have a strong following for many years to come.
This book covers the sporting versions of Ford’s Escort Mk2, including the RS Mexico, Sport, Harrier, RS1800 and the RS2000. Also covered are the Australian variants and Series X cars.
Model-by-model, with hundreds of pictures, it gives you all the details of correct factory specifications and equipment, including body panels, external trim and badging, paint colours, interior trim and trim colours, dashboard, instruments and switches, under-bonnet components, engine and transmission, lamps, and all other features right down to the tool kit, from the beginning of production to the end. All this detailed information is vital to the buyer, owner and restorer. Each model’s section opens with a brief text introduction followed by specially commissioned colour photographs with extended captions. For quick reference to accurate and comprehensive information, this formula is hard to beat.
The Ford Escort has always enjoyed a huge following in the car modifying world. With over a million vehicles of the last series sold, there are plenty to choose from and no shortage of modifying products available. But are they all equally easy to fit? Will the car be road legal after the transformation? The full colour Haynes Max Power guide to DIY modifying has the answers. Packed with knowledge gained from practical experience, depicted in an easily followed step-by-step photo format.
The Escort replacement’s got more street-cred than any new Ford for the last ten years - the popular Focus is clearly going to be huge in the world of Max-ing. With a car this stylish, though, any mods need a careful touch - will they enhance its cool, or ruin it? Are all the mods an easy DIY prospect, and will the car still be legal after its makeover? The full colour Haynes Max Power guide to DIY modifying has the answers. Packed with knowledge gained from practical experience, depicted in an easily-followed step-by-step photo format.
Cheap to buy and easy to maintain, the Ford Fiesta Mk 3 is a popular choice among young modifiers. With over 800,000 sold in the UK alone, there’s plenty of used Fiestas to choose from. There’s no shortage of modifying products either, but which are best? Are they all easy to fit, and will the car be legal afterwards? Written from practical experience, with easily-followed step-by-step photos, the full-colour guide to DIY modifying has the answers – and much more.
Rinsey Mills profiles all Austin Seven versions providing a thorough guide to the evolution and to the correct original specifications and equipment for all models. Special color photos highlight 20 fantastic Austin Seven examples.
The Complete Guide to the Series III written by one of the greatest Italian experts. The author describes the various types and models focusing also on dozens of options by Land Rover itself. A MUST book dedicated to fans and collectors.
The Jaguar XK120 has become one of the immortals of sports car history. It took the London Motor Show by storm in 1948, and was built until 1954. The book is written by the Archivist of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. Drawing from company records, he has been able to provide information on the XK120 that has never been available to enthusiasts before.
This book opens with an exposition of the background to the introduction of the XK140, a key model because the XK120 was such a hard act to follow. Then comes a full technical analysis of the new car, covering all aspects of the chassis, running gear, engine and transmission, along with descriptions of the body types offered. This sets the scene for the subsequent coverage of the XK150. Major production changes during the evolution of the two models are recorded, and production and sales worldwide are analysed in depth. The author also provides information on prototypes, special-bodied cars, famous cars and famous owners. Appendices include advice on identification and dating, and unprecedented detail on colour schemes.
Nine outstanding examples of XK140s and150s are featured in 140 specially commissioned colour photographs, accompanied by some 250 photographs from the archives of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and reproductions of XK sales and publicity material.
This book, then, is the comprehensive guide to originality in all departments for all models of E-type. Researched and written by the Archivist of Jaguar Heritage, who has the complete factory production records in his care, it covers engine and transmission, body panels, interior and exterior trim and badges, electrics, dashboard, instruments and switches, lamps, under-bonnet components, paint and trim colours – in fact everything right down to the tool kit, from the beginning of production to the end. In the book, each model is given its own section which opens with a text description followed by specially commissioned colour photographs of outstanding examples of the cars, accompanied by extended captions. All production changes are listed, either in the text or in tables alongside. For quick reference to accurate information, this formula is hard to beat, while the book also provides a definitive history of E-type production, enabling the reader to view every model and variant in very considerable detail.
Finally, Urs Schmid’s fantastic second volume about the Jaguar XK 120 is available in English! Whilst Volume 1 covered mostly the technical components and vehicle construction, in Volume 2 the author records the fine details of the engine compartment, interior, boot, body trim and optional extras, while also providing contemporary documentation (such as the paperwork that accompanied cars when new, manuals, catalogues and advertising material). Colour finishes are examined in detail (including body colour schemes, colour swatches and paint mixing formulas). The countless modifications and changes to the basic configuration made to the XK 120 during its production are also described in depth, with a painstaking thoroughness and a love for detail to which probably no other single model series has ever before been subjected.
The appendix includes a chronology of trim changes, a list of 1950s suppliers to Jaguar, an international schedule of competition successes as well as a comprehensive sporting history of the private Swiss XK 120 owners - an aspect of the XK 120 legend previously given far too little attention in Jaguar literature.
The volume will surely serve to preserve the heritage of a motoring legend for the generations to come while being an essential aid to those restoring or improving an XK 120.
The definitive history of the Lancia Aurelia range, complete with in-depth technical descriptions, specially commissioned colour photography, rare archive pictures and advice on running these fine cars today.