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

Classic Engines, Modern Fuel: The Problems, the Solutions

by Paul Ireland

A compliation of articles the author wrote for various magazines about his Manchester University XPAG Tests. Features real data and practical descriptions applicable to all classic engines.

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.

Damsels in Design

by Constance A. Smith

No one thinks twice about women picking wallpaper and hubby’s wardrobe—but planes, trains, automobiles?? And more than seventy years ago? Only one of the twenty considered here made it a lifetime career but all left their mark.

John, George and the HWMs

by Simon Taylor

Underdogs. Two mechanical engineers, one of whom practically a household name as a quite good race driver, stood up a race team—because they could and because no one else was. They did well, but ask people today about “HWM” . . .

Cars – Driven by Design

by Barbara Til, Dieter Castenow (editors)

Why that era? Sports cars hadn’t become commodities yet. Often quirky, they were designed by individuals or small teams for customers who could afford to not be practical.

An English Car Designer Abroad

by Peter Birtwhistle

Recognize the cars on the cover? One man did those and many more, over the course of a 40-year career in which he saw everything—from how to shave clay to designing by committee—change.

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.

Farman: De l’Aviation á l’Automobile

by Claude Rouxel, Laurent Friry

Built to last forever, Farman cars fell victim to their complexity and the value of the raw materials from which they were made. As the first serious study of the marque, there’s every reason to believe this fascinating and long-awaited book will outlast its subject.

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.

Kühlerfiguren Klassischer Automobile 1909–1939

by Matthias Dreßler

Hood ornaments/mascots go back to the early days of the automobile and have always been a popular subject among automotive enthusiasts. The author found the existing literature lacking and so wrote his own book. Full marks for effort, but the literature is still lacking the definitive account.

Louis Coatalen

by Oliver Standerwick Heal 

A portrait of charm and wit, and an “eye on the prize” sort of determination that could be quite ruthless. You may not know the name but you use stuff that has his fingerprints on it even if you don’t realize it. Someone spent twenty years writing this book—read it!

Alfa Romeo Montreal

by Patrick Dasse

If the Montreal is famous for anything it is the company it keeps in its designer’s portfolio. Gandini penned designs as different as the immortal Miura and Countach, and closer to this car the Marzal and Carabo concepts. This book presents period photos.