Starting with the original Standard prototype of 1903, this book covers the scores of Standard models built until the brand was discontinued in 1963 (Britain) and 1987 (India). It also covers the Ferguson tractor involvement, millitary aero-engine manufacture, military aircraft manufacturer (including Beaufighter and Mosquito fighter-bombers), Rolls-Royce Avon turbo-jet military engine manufacture, and Triumph cars.
At first glance this handsome 300-page landscape book looks like a photographic celebration of the great Wolverhampton marque but Dowell really knows his subject and the extensive captions are packed with detail. This book confirms how wonderful these grand tourers were, though often upstaged by Cricklewood. Part sponsored by the Michael Sedgwick Trust and featuring more than 500 photographs, the highlights are the spectacular and long-lost bespoke coachbuilt cars. A superb social record of pre-WW2 motoring and a fine companion to Anthony Heal’s racing history.
Caroll Shelby, who in 1962 transformed the AC Ace into the Cobra, was contracted the following year to work his magic on Sunbeam’s sporting Alpine. The outcome was the Tiger, powered by Ford’s American V8 260 and 289 engines. The story of this car is told through 37 articles which include road tests, model introductions, long term reports and give advice on buying and restoring a used Tiger.
Author, Bruce Dowell has spent a lifetime collecting photographs and other material related to the 12-16 H.P. Sunbeam. Through nearly 400 photos (most previously unpublished), the associated text and a detailed appendix, he traces the evolution of Louis Coatalenâ€™s creation. We see it carrying touring, sports and formal coachwork and operating in racing, ambulance and military guises. During this period we also see electric lighting displacing acetylene and bodies transforming from the upright styles of 1910 to the super-elegant Sporting Model of 1914. By late 1909 this had changed and so, in addition to Sunbeamâ€™s own superb coachwork, many chassis were fitted with bespoke bodywork from outside firms, leading to the wonderful diversity of coach built bodies illustrated in this book. This is an evocative snapshot of the pre-World War I period, incorporating the mundane, the exotic and everything in between to present a unique and comprehensive view of the â€˜nicest Edwardian carâ€™ in the 2 to 3-litre market.
Unique Motor Books are compiled from the UK magazine “Autocar”, “Autocourse” , “Sporting Motorist” and from a wide variety of other magazines from around the world. This book contains roadtests, comparison tests and features on the TVR Grantura, Griffith, Tasmin, Tuscan, Vixen, 1800S, 3000M, 350i, 390 SE, 420 SEAC and 450 SEAC.
The story of TVR sportscars built between 1959 & 1985 is traced through 67 period & historical articles. Included are road tests, new model intros, updates, driving impressions, a factory visit report & an informative buyers guide. Models covered include the Grantura, Griffith, Tuscan, Vixen, 1600M, 2500M, 3000M, Taimar, Turbo, 3000S, Tasmin, 280i, 350i & 390SE.
Comprehensive information on the development and history of these fine British cars. Includes expert tips on buying and restoring the various models, plus detailed model-by-model descriptions, competition achievements, and technical specs. Recommended!
Fifty-six open-top icon roadsters feature in this authoritiative, highly pictorial celebration of classic British sports cars, from the AC Ace to the Wolseley Hornet Special. Individual histories will place each car in perspective, describing its appeal, significance and driving characteristics. Also detailed for each one are models and variants, year-by-year evolution, specifications and performance figures.
This book gives encyclopaedic coverage of all British sports and thoroughbred cars made in that 20-year period. More than 250 models are dealt with, illustrated by some 400 archive photographs. There is a short history of each marque, then each model is given a full description and specification together with commentary on its place in the motoring scene. Some - Aston Martin, Jaguar, Morgan - are still household names, but many others have fallen by the wayside.
This volume records Vauxhall’s fascinating history, from a tiny workshop in 1903 producing the first car, a 5hp model, to a company with yearly car registrations nudging 300,000. The Vauxhall File records how the company that turned out 5,600 Churchill tanks on car assembly lines had, just before WWII, produced sought after cars like the Vauxhall Ten that even in those days achieved 42 miles per gallon. Filled with dynamic stories of the brilliance of people and machine.
The second volume covers the next 20 year era by covering Vauxhall vehicles from the swinging sixties" through to the mid 1980’s. In their ’entry level’ model, Vauxhall went from the basic HA Viva to the sporty little Nova. At the other end of the scale, the top car changed from the PC Cresta to the Senator. It was a period that saw the arrival of famous names like the Cavalier, the Astra and the Chevette, but also the demise of traditional models such as the Victor, Viscount and Cresta.
Some cars are able to leave their mark an era, their names written indelibly not only on the history of four-wheel transport, but also the much more significant trends and culture of their time. Among them are the Fiat 500 and the Volkswagen Beetle, but also the unforgettable Mini. The small, revolutionary car designed by Alex Issigonis and presented in 1959, was produced right through to the next millennium by a number of manufacturers (Austin, Morris, Innocenti) in so many different versions. This book tells the industrial, technical and sporting story – including the giant-killing Monte Carlo Rally victories – of this authentic milestone of the 20th century.
A unique account of a radical era in automotive design. The Art Deco movement influenced design and marketing in many different industries in the 1930s, and the British motor industry was no exception. The book is divided into two parts: the first explains and illustrates the Art Deco styling elements that link these streamlined car designs, describing their development, their commonality, and how aeronautical names were used, and is liberally illustrated with contemporary images. The second part goes on to portray British streamlined production cars made between 1933 and 1936, illustrated with colour photographs of surviving cars.
A comprehensive Reference Guide to over 250 locations from the World of Ian Fleming and James Bond. Now you can follow in the footsteps of the most famous secret agent of all time—from the exclusive gentlemen’s clubs of St James’s to the breathtaking Millennium Dome in North Greenwich. This comprehensive guide includes photographs, directions to the locations, behind the scenes information on every site, including commentary from Bond veterans John Glen, Peter Lamont, Syd Cain, John Richardson, the late Desmond Llewelyn and John Stears, as well as the family and friends of Ian Fleming.