The Mercedes-Benz W123 was launched in 1976 and sales quickly surpassed those of its predecessor, the W114. The W123 went on to become the most successful Mercedes, selling 2.7 million cars. The book explores the life of this highly regarded executive car from its initial evolution, development and production to the creation of new models and its success in motorsport.
This book features:
The history of the devleopment of the car within the context of the Mercedes-Benz company and global motor industry
The styling, engineering and technical advances introduced over the lifetime of the three series, and the press reactions to them
Full technical specifications together with customer options, equipment and interior trim for each model
Production numbers and vehicle number sequences
Little-known details of the manufacture of the car in China
A chapter on buying and owning a 123-series Mercedes
The MGA truly marked a revolution in MG sports car design, with its appearance quite unlike any previous production car from the celebrated British marque. Entering production in the summer of 1955, it broke with the time-honoured tradition of narrow-gutted, flat-sides, upright styling, with the distinctive large grille, exposed headlamps, separate wings and sharply cut-off tail that had serviced the majority of MG sports cars for well over thirty years. Many die-hard MG enthusiasts of the time were understandably outraged, but the decision to break with tradition proved to be a good one: over 100,000 cars were produced over the model's seven-year lifetime
At 10 o'clock on the twenty-eighth of May 1907 the first Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle road race began. The riders pushed off on their 500cc single cylinder bikes and ten laps and 158 miles later, Charlie Collier aboard a Matchless would be declared the victor. This book is a history and celebration of the bikes of those early years of the TT races.
This book tells the story of Alvis and its cars, aero engines and military vehicles. Starting with the formation of the company in 1919, it traces the company's products through the 1920s and 1930s, and through its wartime exploits to its eventual takeover by Rover.
The early four-cylinder cars
Early adventures with front wheel drive cars
The amazing six-cylinder cars produced through the 1920s and 1930s
Early ventures into armoured car and aero engine production
The post-World War II four-cylinder cars
The post-World War II six-cylinder cars
The Leonides range of post-World War II aero engines
The post-World War II military vehicles
James Taylor remembers very well the disappointment among his pretrol-head friends when the XJ-S was announced in 1975. It was not a replacement for the legendary E-type; its colours were uninspired; and its interior was drab. All credit, then, to those people at Jaguar who truly believed in the car and, over a period of nearly 20 years, turned the ugly duckling into a swan. From the moment the XJ-S HE arrived in 1981, there seemed to be renewed hope, and from then on, the car went from strength to strength to become the much-admirred grand tourer it always should have been. The book contains a timeline of the key events in the history of the XJ-S and an overview of the evolution of the XJS from the XJ27 prototype. There are Appendices covering identification/serial numbers, UK showroom prices through the years and sales in the US by year.
The Mercedes 126 S-Class of 1979-1991 remains the most successful premium saloon in the company's history and is considered by many to be one of the best cars in the world. "You don't simply decide to buy an S-Class: it comes to you when fate has ordained that your life should take that course. The door closes with a reassuring clunk - and you have arrived." said the sales brochure of the first real Sonderklasse, the W116. With over 300 colour photos and production histories and specifications for both Generation One and Two models, this is an essential resource for anyone with an interest in this timeless car.
The complete story of the innovative, iconic and enduring Porsche Carrera. This book takes the reader on a journey from the development of its audacious water-cooled design through its racing success and continued production today, to practical maintenance and modification.
The concept, design and evolution of the 996,997 and 991, including an interview with harm Lagaaji, stylist in the Porsche design studios
Special versions of the 996 and 997
Racing - past and present - including interviews with Olaf Manthay, chief tuner, and racing drivers Mike Wilds, Timo Bernhard, Richard Attwood, Richard Westbrook, Mario Andretti, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Wolf Henzler, Brendon Hartley and Peter Dumbreck
How to buy, maintain and modify a Porsche Carrera
The book traces the meteoric rise of the two Rootes brothers, William and Reginald, development of one of Britain's most important motor vehicle manufacturers. The Rootes Group acquired some of the most famous names in the British motor industry: Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam and Singer cars, as well as Commer and Karrier commercial vehicles. Over the years, some of the models built by Rootes would become household names: the Hillman Minx, Humber Super Snipe, Sunbeam Alpine, Singer Gazelle, Commer Superpoise and Karrier Bantam.
In its heyday in the late 1950s, Rootes was the fourth largest manufacturer of cars and trucks in Britain, exporting to over 180 countries worldwide, becoming a global automotive empire. In this book, the people and various companies involved with Rootes are profiled, as are the cars and commercial vehicles built by them, with specifications of principal models. Personal insight from employees is given along with valuable contributions from the Rootes family themselves.
The second generation Range Rover was arguably Land Rover's first model designed as a luxury vehicle. It was a major leap for the company, but a very successful one as well. Despite controversy over its looks, and some initial teething problems, it became a worthy successor to the much-loved original. Range Rover Second Generation - The Complete Story draws on the memories of designers and engineers as well as on a wide variety of factory sources to provide the most authoritative history of the mode yet.
The book covers:
The full development history
The changes during eight years of production
The Autobiography and aftermarket custom models
Range Rovers for the North American market
Full technical specifications
Range Rovers and the emergency services
With the aid of hundreds of full colour photographs this book documents all the Beetle’s specification changes and model differences during the classic period 1949-67, making it possible to determine the original specification and fittings of any Beetle from this period.
Benetton Ford was one of the brightest of the newer names on the Formula 1 scene, although the team was no stranger to racing, at the time being the latest incarnation of the Toleman team that made a Grand Prix challenge in the early 1980s. In this lively study, the first book devoted exclusively to the history of the team, respected author Phil Drackett relates the fascinating events behind the development of Benetton Ford, which challenged the supremacy of McLaren, Ferrari and Williams in a bid to win the World Championship. From the days when Luciano Benetton delivered his sister's hand-made sweaters by bicycle, the formation of the Toleman team which would later be taken over by Benetton and the almost accidental entry of Ford into the Benetton scene, this book traces the triumphs and disappointments, the crises and the happy times - to the late 1980’s, when Benetton Ford stands on the verge of lasting success. Much of the story is told through the lives and times of the drivers who have been associated with the team, a colourful collection which includes Derek Warwick, Nelson Piquet, Alessandro Nannini, Johnny Herbert, Thierry Boutsen, Gerhard Berger, Teo Fabi and many more. The book also looks forward to the final decade of that century and how the partnership of Benetton and Ford view the situation. All the essential facts, statistics and results are included, in an entertaining, readable account illustrated with over 150 colour and black and white photographs.
Reliant produced a range of sports cars from the 1960s to the 1990s which complemented their well-established three-wheeled cars. Starting with a design for Israel's Autocars in 1961, Reliant went on to produce many successful cars, including the Sabre, a raw two-seat sports car; the Scimitar GT, a solid GT car; the Scimitar GTE, a market-defining sporting estate car; and the SS1, a small two-seat sports car.
Reliant Sabre, Scimitar and SS1- An Enthusiast's Guide explores the history, design and development of the Reliant sports cars. Beginning with the Autocars Sabra, the Sabre, Scimitar, Scimitar GTE and SS1 are each explored in depth. This book includes full technical specifications for every major model owner's experiences and advice for buying and owning.
CCK HISTORIC. This book explains how to prepare a historic mini to the original pre-1966 Appendix K standard, which provides the racer with the largest choice of national and international events to compete in.
This is a comprehensive history of the company and a guide to its products. Centring on the period of the official existence of the Rover Group, the book also examines the events leading up to its formation in 1986 and its controversial aftermath, following its dismemberment in 2000.