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

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.

Bentley – Cricklewood To Crewe

by Michael Frostick

Published more than thirty years ago this book by and large represented the state of the art of what was then known and as such remains a staple in the marque enthusiast’s library.

LHLW4: The Outtakes

by Bill Wolf

A 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith on the loose in New York City. This “book” was made by the author of a magazine article about this car and presented to people involved in that project.

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.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley T-Series: The Essential Buyer’s Guide

by Malcolm Bobbitt

Cars that are expensive to buy are expensive to fix. This fantastically overengineered car can be positively ruinous, making this Buyer’s Guide absolutely essential insurance.

British Armoured Car Operations In World War One

by Bryan Perrett

WW I was the first conflict to see widespread use of mechanization, a threshold hybrid stage where horse, camel, and mule fought alongside car, tank, and airplane. All except the latter are discussed here.