Archive for Items Categorized 'Automobiles', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Streamlined: Classic Cars of the 20th Century

by Malte Jürgens, photos by Michel Zumbrunn

Based on a 2009 museum exhibit in Germany this lavishly photographed book presents 25 important exponents of the theory and practice of making cars aerodynamically efficient—a problem that is still not solved.

Porsche 930 to 935: The Turbo Porsches

by John Starkey 

If the book title sounds familiar it is because this is now the third edition. The previous ones quickly sold out but they had the field pretty much to themselves. Not anymore.

Intermeccanica: The Story of the Prancing Bull (rev. 2nd ed.)

Andrew McCredie & Paula Reisner

Having the good sense to work with skilled designers, Reisner turned out five attention-getting cars in 13 years. Half a century later Intermeccanica still turns out high-quality hand-built vehicles.

Ultra-Large Aircraft 1940–1970

by William Patrick Dean

“Volumetric fuselage aircraft”—if that’s not a word you normally use in a sentence, read this book to get insights into a very complicated subject and some very unusual aircraft.

Classic Grand Prix Cars

by Karl Ludvigsen

Why and how—and when—did F1 shift from front- to rear-engined racers? Back in print now this book offers the sort of in-depth analysis that has made Ludvigsen’s name.

Porsche: Origin of the Species

by Karl Ludvigsen

Don’t be distracted by the various models of Porsche the company throws at the market in order to have “something for everyone”—at the core there is a discernible bloodline. Ludvigsen shows the connections and unearthed new ones.

OAL- BB 50

by Paolo Tumminelli (editor)

Having been closely associated for half a century, Alpina and BMW are almost synonymous. This book is a lighthearted but entirely substantive look at what really puts the “ultimate” into The Ultimate Driving Machine.

Second to One: All But For Indy

by Gordon Kirby & Joseph Freeman

Winning the Indy 500 makes you a household name. Well, in some households. For a while. The ones who don’t win, no matter how long the list of their accomplishments here or elsewhere, get no love. Here’s their story.

The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950 to 1960

by Hernan Lopez Laiseca

Fabulous photos, many new to the record, document a formative—and very dangerous—period in a corner of the world in which few people had a driver’s license but were all mad for racing.

DKW: The Complete History of a World Marque

by Siegfried Rauch with Frank Rönicke

DKW pioneered two-stroke engines and front wheel drive. It did not exactly give them world dominion, and the lights have been out since 1966, but the firm’s ideas and influences reach far and wide.

The Kellner Affair: Matters of Life and Death

by Larsen and Erickson

The raison d’être for this book is that French coachbuilder J.P. Kellner was executed by the Nazis as a spy, a victim, as were others, of denunciation. This monumental book examines original documents, all reproduced here—and concludes/proves that the guy blamed for it is not the guy! Oh, and there are cars too . . .

Rolls-Royce

by James Taylor

Fine things come in small packages—a cliché, but, written by a proper researcher and author, this small booklet is a fine introduction to an extraordinarily long-lived marque.