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

Jaguar E-Type Six-Cylinder Originality Guide

by Thomas F. Haddock & Michael C. Mueller 

You cannot keep or make an E-Type original without this book. There are many things this book is not—and doesn’t want to be—but it is a precision tool for a specialized job. Pretty enough to sit on your coffee table, it really does not belong there but in your workspace.

Jaguar D-Type, The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter & Chas Parker

You can still see this 1955 car being raced today, with abandon, and successfully. In its day it was the ultimate sports racer. Few have survived in this original a form which is why this is the one to which an entire book is devoted.

Lotus Elan: The Complete Story

by Matthew Vale

Among British sports cars the nimble Elan occupies a place of honor. Not least, as the firm’s first truly commercially successful road car it did much to bankroll the racing operation. This book is about as complete as the title claims it is.

Ian Walker Racing: The Man and His Cars

by Julian Balme

From amateur rally driver to team owner who supplied rides in which world championships were won, Walker was a force to be reckoned with in the 1950s and ‘60s. This fine bio is the first, and the world would be just fine if it remained the only one.

The Mini Story

by Andreas Braun

Ten foot long but roomy enough for four people—it wasn’t intended to become an icon but merely to be eminently practical. But the ultra-clever design came with smart marketing and so the Mini succeeded where others failed.

Continental Journeys

by Davide Bassoli

So important is the Continental name to Bentley that the firm chose it for it’s the newest models launched after VW bought the company. This excellent book explains what made them so special.

Building the Star of India

by David M. Cox

Would you be able to tell from the cover photo that this is a 22″-long model?? With thousands of parts, many fully functional? You do have to be a rocket scientist to build these things—or you have to know the fellow who wrote this book and can build yours.

Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith

by Martin Bennett

This first Rolls-Royce to be launched right after WWII made a big impact and is today thought of as a, if not the, quintessential Rolls-Royce combing prewar levels of craftsmanship with postwar technical advances.

Azure, Brooklands, Seraph and Arnage

by Richard Vaughan

Based on a platform developed before Bentley was sold to VW these models are the last motorcars built at the original home of Rolls-Royce. If ever something represented the end of an era, they are it.

Lotus 18: Colin Chapman’s U-Turn

by Mark Whitelock

“U-Turn” implies reversal, in this case moving the engine from the front to the rear, which, coupled with other Chapman goodies, made the 18 the milestone car he had been shooting for all along.

The World’s Fastest E-Type Jaguar, The Quest for the Record

by Phil Shephard

That a 50-year-old E-Type set a record on the ice, twice, actually, is surprising enough. So is the story of its amateur crew coping with small budgets and many a deprivation.

Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Coachbuilt Specials in the Modern Era

by Richard Vaughan

Coachbuilding is dead. Long live coachbuilding. Well, not quite, but high degrees of customization and the occasional ground-up, one off scratchbuilt are possible if your wallet is big enough.