A very important book on a often forgotten and unknown side of the Alfa Romeo’s world: the industrial and commercial vechicles production. At last the right emphasis to all trucks, buses and trolleybuses which, together with aviation engines, kept up the factory in the ’30s, were the cornerstone in the 40s and the main production until the full development of the 1900 saloon cars. A great historical research, with a contribution of an iconographic material mostly never published before.
Among the range of publications dedicated to Italian military vehicles, this has been a fundamental book on the specific subject. Out of print since long time, this new edition has been enriched by two brand new chapters whose arguments reflects new demands of the various National Military Forces: that is the utility vans but also bikes and motorbikes that are currently used. The book approaches a century of history and of technology through fascinating black and white illustrations of the period. On the other hand the restored vehicles are shot in attractive colour photos which may be useful to collectors in their often uneasy restoration work.
This is the story of the rear-engined Volkswagen Transporter, the Beetle’s faithful road companion of which it was given the mechanics. Created from an ingenious idea sketched out in a diary, the Transporter came into the world at a crucial moment: the years of reconstruction after a disastrous Second World War. People needed everything; the economy had to get going again. So an inexpensive vehicle was needed to help recovery along: Volkswagen’s Transporter was the right answer at the right time. Produced in many different versions, the Bulli, nickname of the first model with divided rear windows was able to meet the needs of shopkeepers, artisans, holiday operators and even large families to become a mobile box. The vehicle’s versatility was proverbial and for years no competitor was able to offer so much personalisation as standard. The rear-engined versions accompanied mankind right through to the late eighties before being replaced by a banal front-engined, front-wheel drive vehicle that was no different from its competitors.
On behalf of the Italian Defense Ministry, Alfa Romeo produced in 1951
a utility van, designed by Giuseppe Busso and based on the Alfa 1900. The vehicle was offered in two different versions: the "Military" AR 51 and the "Civilian" AR 52, but the model was nicknamed Alfa “Matta” (“krazy” in Italian). The book offers a wide range of informations - technical datas and the sporting history of some units (the car also took part to the 1952 Mille Miglia) - as well as a large amount of illustrations which will be absolutely useful for restoring vintage models.
Starting from the 30s to the present day a careful and very illustrated look on the most successful buses which have been a milestone in the evolution of the style and design for passenger transport over long distances.
A panoramic view on all tractors and other agricultural machines produced from 1916 to 1960 with a detailed description of each one, price lists of the period of its launch, lots of historical pictures, advertising material and tecnical drawings.
A book entirely dedicated to 30 years of lorries history but also to the truck driver job. The protagonists are the Lancia, the Fiat, the OM and all the other big lorries which have travelled accross our country since the 40s.
This book ia an opportunity to look back at the development of transport industry in Italy through pictures of tow trucks that record a way of living and working that is now part of the nation history. The development of V. Orlandi, placing the company firmly amongst those who created the history of road transport in Europe.
From the beginning of this century until the seventies Lancia designer closelymonitored chnges of technology from ‘3RO’ model to the “one-off” models, limited series and variants introduced during production, even after the Second World War. Each model mentioned is supported by technical schedules. Specifications and production figures are taken from Lancia archives wherever possible.
A retrospective view of the vehicles and the companies which contributed to build the past of the Italian motor transport and the economy of the country. Many never before published images are taken from the rich archives of the photographic Studio Negri to produce this exceptional work. Filled with the most glorious Italian trademarks of commercial trucks: Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Edoardo Bianchi, Lancia, Spa, Om, Isotta Fraschini, Breda, and Zust up to 1975.
The six-wheel-drive Alvis Saracen armoured personnel carrier entered service in 1953 and is one of the British Army’s best-known vehicles. This complete history of this famous family of military vehicles reveals much that has not previously been widely known. From works records and interviews with Alvis and the military, Bill Munro has put together a fascinating history.
All the vehicles of the German border police. A photographic collection of all cars and trucks from the main makes, used by the army in its 50 years life: Auto Union, Bmw, Ford, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Opel, Porsche, VW, Borgward, Hanomag, Magirus, Unimog, etc…
This fascinating new book takes readers inside the mobile facilities that not only get the cars and tools from point A to point B, but also convert into high-tech offices and living quarters complete with the latest business and entertainment electronics, satellite dishes, bathrooms, kitchens, and sometimes even jacuzzis. Color photography depicts the high-tech gadgetry and creature comforts now common to NASCAR transporters, each of which can cost anywhere from a quarter-million to several million dollars.
From the trucks that replaced oxen in Americas forests to modern rigs, Professor of Transportation at San Francisco State University, Donald Wood, profiles the challenging logging operations of the biggest off-road trucks and their drivers. Photographs document a variety of rugged logging trucks built on various manufacturers chassis.