Rover’s big hatchback saloon of the 1970s and 1980s had all the elements of a superb motor car. It was the work of long-standing Rover engineers, with substantial input from their colleagues at Triumph. The SD1’s top models even shared their V8 engines with earlier and much-loved classics from Rover. It was stunningly attractive, cleverly derived from Italian supercar styling and still extraordinarily practical thanks to its large hatchback configuration. In this new book, Rover historian James Taylor tells the full story of the SD1, warts and all, from initial concept to final production model.
The Commando was the main bike in Norton’s range from 1968, and was produced until the demise of Norton Villiers Triumph in 1977. The bike featured the unique ’Isolastic’ system that rubber-mounted the engine and protected the rider from the twin-cylinder’s vibrations. The model range provided the rider with a choice of touring and sporting models, as well as offering special police machines and off-the-shelf production racers. Commandos feature strongly in today’s classic scene, and offer excellent performance and spares availability, as well as a vast range of improvements and updated components. This book looks at the history and development of the Commando, gives the specifications and outlines the model changes, and also offers the riding experiences of past and present owners. In addition there is a blow-by-blow account of the author’s restoration of a 1971 750cc model that had been re-imported into the UK from America needing a complete rebuild.
As the 1990s began, competition from rivals was threatening the Mercedes-Benz marque’s position at the top of the automotive tree. Through a combination of audacious diversification and sometimes less-than-successful cost-cutting, Mercedes began a turnaround that would not achieve final sucess until the middle of the following decade. This book charts these turbulent years when the marque struggled to come to terms with a changing world.
Contents include: The full range of Mercedes-Benz cars during the 1990s Models carried over from the 1980s Production changes Full specifications Over 200 archive and contemporary photographs, mostly in full colour.
Lotus introduced the Type 75 Elite in 1974. Being a full four-seater coupe with an opening glass tailgate, it was designed to carry a family in comfort while retaining Lotus’ trademark, excellent road holding and handling. Perhaps most importantly, it was the first - and successful - step in Colin Chapman’s plan to move upmarket and away from Lotus’ kit car image. The Elite gave rise to two derivatives, the Eclat and the Excel. The Eclat was a restyled coupe version, sacrificing the Elite’s unique rear styling and good rear passenger headroom for a more stylish exterior. With its conventional coupe styling, the Eclat was more mainstream than the Elite, and it was in the end the better seller. In turn, the Eclat spawned the Excel, the last of the Elite-inspired family. Matthew Vale looks at the history of these unusual Lotus models, and gives a thorough guide to buying and owning the cars today.
The book charts the evolution of the coil-sprung Defender vehicles. When Land Rover switched from leaf springs to coil springs for their utility models in 1983, it was a major step forward. The first coil-sprung model, the One Ten, replaced the Series III 109s. The short-wheelbase Ninety replaced the Series III 88s in 1984. From 1990, the models were all re-branded as Land Rover Defenders - 90, 110 and 140 - as the Land Rover range expanded and the marketing teams wanted a new name.
The Land Rover has become an icon across the world, famed for its classic design, its practicality and its longevity. In this revised edition of his acclaimed book, James Taylor charts sixty-five years of Land Rover development in comprehensive detail, bringing the story right up to date with the latest Defender variants.
The book is the in-depth and riveting story of the marque’s evolution, from Donald Healey’s initial inspiration to the Letland take-over that saw the end of Austin-Healey. The complete history and the development of the 100 and 3000 models. Detailed account of the cars’ competition fortunes, full specification tables for all models, special feature panels throughout.
Associated Motor Cycles (AMC) produced some of the most iconic British bikes of the 1940s and 1950s. Badged as either AJS or Matchless, the range covered everything from plodding ride-to-work four-stroke singles, weekend racers, two-stroke motocrossers and full-blown Grand Prix contenders.
Illustrated with over 200 photographs, this comprehensive new history looks at:
The history and development of the single and twin-cylinder ranges, The racing bikes
Technical details of all major models, Owning and riding AJS and Matchless bikes today.
One of the most legendary cars of all time, from its birth as the LP400 through its evolution into the 5000 Quattrovalvole, and the latest Diablo. Dron goes behind the scenes of the Lamborghini factory to chart the checkered history of the company and its successive management eras. Filled with driving impressions, road test details, model specs and special feature panels.
The firm of Royal Enfield was one of the best-known names of the British motorcycle industry, but curiously its products have never received the adulation bestowed on the products of Triumph, BSA and others. In this complete history, top motorcycle authority Mick Walker shows that there was, in fact, much for the Redditch-based firm to be proud of, in the shape of good-looking, innovative machines that inspired a generation. And what other company can boast a model still in popular production sixty years after its launch?
The Jowett Javelin was the first all-new post-war British car. Designed to launch the small Bradford firm of Jowett into successful mass production, the good-looking four door family saloon was amongst the most innovative cars then available. Discerning motoring enthusiasts soon began a love affair with the Javelin and its sporting sister, the Jupiter. This book presents the complete story of these two very special Jowett models, analyzing their design and production in considerable detail. Including a fascinating account of their competition history and a close analysis of the company’s abrupt and still-controversial cessation of car manufacture.
Mike Sutcliffe has devoted the last thirty years to the rescue and restoration of several, now famous, examples of the early Leyland motorbus. The Mike Sutcliffe Collection is one of the most important collections of early buses in the world and thousands of enthusiasts are aware of his magnificent achievements. This book tells the story of the man and his buses, from the 1908 Leyland X-type, the oldest restored British-built motorbus in the world, to the unique London Pirate ‘Chocolate Express” of 1925. The Leyland Man will be irresistible to anyone with an interest in Leyland, the early bus, and to anyone who has seen one of Mike’s amazing restorations.
The Maserati 250F was one of the most beautiful and successful racing cars of the 1950s, and one of the most famous racing cars of all time. Driven in its heyday by great drivers including Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio, and today the star of many historic race meetings, the 250F has iconic status. This book, the result of years of dedicated research, presents the 250F story in unprecedented detail and is fully illustrated with many period photographs.
Designed in Sweden and Italy, built in England, Scotland and Sweden and sold all over the world, the Volvo 1800 is a car with a remarkable history to tell. David Styles takes us back to the first Volvo to discover the roots of the company’s first purpose-built sports car. Tracing its design and development through to its launch in 1961, he covers the various variations of the 1800 coupe, the 1800ES ‘sportwagon’, the 480ES and the C70.
Topics include: complete history of all 1800 variations; full technical specifications for each model and advice on buying and maintaining an 1800.
The Imp could have been one if Britain’s motoring success stories, but it all went wrong with teething troubles, quality-control issues, industrial unrest and corporate meltdown all conspiring to spoil the party. This history tells the full; sad story of the car, covers all Imp variants, cindluding Sunbeam-, Singer- and Commer-badged versions. Included full technicalk specifications, many rare photoghraphs, the sporting history and buying and restoiring advices.
One of the great hopes of British motor sport in the 1950s and the brainchild of Guy Anthony Vanderwell, the Vanwall Grand Prix car was designed to conquer the dominant red Italian cars of the time. This fascinating story is re-told in full here, with new insights and a fresh interpretation.
Mercedes-Benz has now been making some of the world`s most glamourous and desirable sports cars for 50 years. Beginning with the landmark "Gullwing" 300SL and Roadster, thru the 190SL, "Pagoda" roof cars, the long-running W107 shape to the current techno-fest R230 range, their success shows no sign of faltering. This book covers all the models in detail including the new SLR with the help of many archive photographs; a must for all Mercedes-Benz fans.
The MG X Power is the most recent in a long and distinguished line of sports cars from MG. Written with the full cooperation of the MG team, this book tells the story of the car, against the background of the trials and tribulations of the various people and companies responsible for bankrolling it at each stage of its short but turbulent evolution.
A beautiful selection of the best of British traction engine, rollers, steam wagons and more photographed at work and at rest all over the United Kingdom. All the major manufacturers with famous names like Fowler, Burrell and Aveling & Porter are represented, along with many rare makes.