Archive for Author 'Sabu Advani', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Roadside Relics: America’s Abandoned Automobiles

by Will Shiers

This look at scrapped American cars lain to rest in field and stream (yes, literally) not only documents relics of yesteryear but also a phenomenon that won’t exist much longer.

GM’s Motorama: The Glamorous Show Cars of a Cultural Phenomenon

by David W Temple

Lower, longer, wider. Often outrageously designed—and often enough outrageously impractical for real-word use (David Davis calls them “comic book fantasies” in his Introduction)—these show cars were the most American of American cars and American lifestyle.

Type VII: Germany’s Most Successful U-Boats

by Marek Krzysztalowicz

Never given subs a second thought? Using Germany’s WW II workhorse as an example this thorough book shows how they work and what it’s like to sail and live on one—and how the FBI in Long Island managed to arrest a crew and another ended up in the Tower of London!

Postcards of the Army Service Corps 1902–1918: Coming of Age

by Michael Young

From eggs to ammo, the Army Service Corps kept front-line troops fighting. This book presents hundred of postcards showing what the daily grind was like, and from locales to fashion, it gives anyone with an interest in things historical something to relate to.

De Dion Bouton, An Illustrated Guide to Type & Specification 1905–1914

by Michael Edwards

They were the world’s largest automobile manufacturer in the early days. This book shows how trying to be everything to everyone is a heavy cross to bear—and can ruin you.

GT Love, 50 Years Opel GT

by Jens Cooper & Harald Hamprecht

This little Opel, the first-ever German concept car (1965), has more American connections that just being called the “baby Corvette.” As GM’s European subsidiary several US execs who would become industry heavyweights shaped the fates of this machine.

Remember Those Great Volkswagen Ads?

by Alfredo Marcantonio, David Abbott, John O’Driscoll

Hindsight is everything. What is now considered one of the greatest ad campaigns EVER was dismissed at the time by the very man who hatched it as a total mistake!

Auto-Mobilität – Wie der Mensch das Laufen verlernte

by Roland Löwisch

The history of the car and all the various bits that made it possible, from the taming of fire to the taming of animals to the invention of the wheel.

A formidable, illustrated reference book you’ll be picking up again and again. Even if you don’t speak German!

Horten Ho 229

by Andrei I. Shepelev & Huib Ottens

The work of the Horten brothers, especially given their young age and the circumstances under which they worked, is very remarkable. The Ho 229 was their last and most ambitious project—yielding lessons that are still puzzling engineers.

The Rise and Fall of the French Alpine Rally

by Martin Pfundner

How better to shake out cars—and impress the buying public—than by flogging them up and down hairy mountain passes. The French took their time embracing it but once they did, they stuck with it. Finally, here’s a proper book in English.

Concours Retrospective

by Richard Adatto

Showing cars off is as old as the car itself. At its most rarefied level this takes the form of the high-end, blue chip, highly curated concours that documents as much as it builds the history of the automobile.

Il Cavallino Nel Cuore, Autobiography of a Designer

by Leonardo Fioravanti

From junior stylist to Managing Director at Pininfarina, high-level positions at Fiat and Ferrari, his own design-engineering-architecture firm—this fabulously illustrated book offers rich detail of a rich life.