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

The Goldfinger Files 

by Steffen Appel and Peter Wälty

The first Bond film to win an Oscar, Goldfinger was a financial success, recouping its budget in two weeks. It has become iconic for many reasons, not least the famous car chase in the mountains that is the subject of this lovely book.

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.

Morgan Three Wheeler: Back to the Future

by Peter Dron

Looks vintage but is entirely modern. Costs $50K and has minimal creature comforts. Oh, it’s “missing” a wheel. No roof either. Over 1500 sold since 2011. See what you’re missing.

Park Ward: The Innovative Coachbuilder 

by Malcolm Tucker

It’s a good time to be alive: Park Ward is a hundred years old this year but only now do we have here the first proper book about it, so thorough—over 1200 pages, and it only covers 20 years!—that it is also likely the last.

Mr Radley Drives to Vienna

by John Kennedy

Look closely at that cover. Looks like a color print of a b/w photo, right? No! Everything is re-staged—a hundred years apart.

Lotus, The Historic Sports & Racing Cars of Australia

by Marc Schagen

A field guide to competition Lotii in Australia brimming with data and photos compiled over decades.

Bentley – Last of the Silent Sports Cars 1938–9

by Ian Strang and John Boothman

For an all too brief moment in time, the overdrive Bentleys had their slice of the market all to themselves. No other car did what they did in just that way, which is why many/most first owners were auto industry types who knew a good thing when they saw it.

Jaguar XK 120 Supersonic by Ghia

by Richard Heseltine 

An alluring alchemy of grace and otherworldliness that screamed Jet Age.” How is it possible that this irresistible1952 Jag barely clocked 22,000 km in 50 years?? Its story is told here in good detail, illustrated with mouthwatering photography.

Lotus Europa, Colin Chapman’s Mid-Engined Masterpiece

by Matthew Vale

From design and engineering to owners’ observations about running one of these things this is the only book dedicated purely to the Europa. The book may not change your mind about its looks but it’ll make you see it with new eyes and understand why it mattered.

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.

The Coventry Motor Industry: Birth to Renaissance

by David Thoms & Tom Donnelly

Coventry is synonymous with both the creation and relative decline of the British motorcar industry. This text explores the relationship between the car industry in its local context, and the wider economic, social and political environment.

The History of Bentley Motors 1919–1931

by Clare Hay

A vastly expanded third edition of the book that had been the standard-bearer all along, written by the person who really is the last word in matters Vintage Bentley.