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

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.

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.

The Hawke History of MMM Competition Cars

by Karl-Joachim Wiessmann (editor)

MG midgets may not seem impressive but the racing versions were very successful and driven by anybody who was anybody. This book isn’t a historical narrative but presents the hard data behind the story.

Lawrie Bond, Microcar Man

by Nick Wotherspoon

Bond was involved with so much more than the 3-wheelers everyone associates with him. This expanded version of an older book offers even more detail and sheds light of the art and science of a small company building small vehicles.

Coachwork on Derby Bentleys

by James Taylor

Bentleys built at Derby after the firm had just been acquired by Rolls-Royce were and still are highly desirable cars of a mostly sporting flavor. All the coachbuilders of the day put bodies on them, and this book covers the majority of them.

Bentley R Type

by Bernard L. King

A complete listing of every car built of this model, complete with technical specs, basic history, and photos. Lots of photos. Hundreds of photos. If you’re in the market for an R Type or have one already, this book is required reading. There will be a test.

Making a Morgan: 17 Days of Craftmanship

by Andreas & Dagmar Hensing

Morgans are an anachronism, but people buy them faster than they can be built! This book shows, for the first time ever, how a typical build unfolds.

The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car: Its Substance and Its Place in History

edited by Eliot Levin

Lawrence of Arabia famously called Rolls-Royce’s armored cars
“more precious than rubies” because they were so reliable This small book tells their grand story.

When Rolls and Royce Made History on Dover’s White Cliffs

by Paul Tritton

This small book adds useful detail to a lesser-known chapter of the history of not only the two cofounders of Rolls-Royce but two other important men in the firm’s, and Britain’s history.

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.

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.