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

Kim: A Biography of M.G. Founder Cecil Kimber

by Jon Pressnell

This epic book is less about the cars than the man behind them, and in this case especially you cannot appreciate the former without the latter. Pressnell leaves no stone unturned to present a multi-faceted picture of a complicated man who took the firm to the loftiest of heights—only to be fired.


by Cornelis van den Berg

If you dream about going into car manufacturing, look at these guys. One of them had actually done it for real—TAD Crook aka “Mr. Bristol.” Long retired, he sat for an interview, from which is spun this narrative nonfiction the publisher calls “accurate, but not always factual.

Allard Motor Company: The Records and Beyond

by Gavin Allard

This extensively illustrated book has more than just the obvious appeal to Allard owners: it reproduces the factory records for all the chassis built, and by this and other means connects many dots across the whole of the British motoring scene.

The Lotus Book Type 1-74 & The Ian Walker Racing Elans

by Colin Pitt

Covering this many cars in one single book of not even 200 pages can only be accomplished one way: keep it light and tight. This isn’t so much an emulation of the Lotus credo but the author/publisher’s default writing style.

Triumph Cars: 100 Years

by Ross Alkureishi

A really good look at the cars and the people who made them, spiced with plenty of well-deserved criticism of the politics that drove this fine marque into the ground.

The Spirit of the Age

by Davide Bassoli

Hardly the sexiest Rolls-Royces and Bentleys ever but for their buyers they were the only game in town at that segment of the market. Over their 20-year production run many modifications were made, not least the first-ever disappearing mascot.

Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Cars from Family Photograph Albums

by Graham Shipman

Wouldn’t you know, there’s a car club just for these models! Clubs have members, members have photos—and here’s a series of photo books, written by someone who has heard the stories since he was a young boy.

Triumph TR2, TR3, TR3A & TR3B (1953–62)

by Paul Hogan

This book is small enough to fit into the glovebox for a reason: you’ll want it handy when you break down, which you will, because the only thing sturdy in a Triumph is its chassis.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Making a Legend

by Simon Van Booy & Harvey Briggs

This book is more of an introduction to the company philosophy and a behind-the-scenes look at how they build cars than a thorough history. That the firm now calls itself “House of Rolls-Royce” speaks to the brand’s lifestyle aspirations.

The Riley M.P.H.: A History of Its Development & Production 1932–1935

by Robin Cameron

Blink—and you missed it! Not because it’s so fast but because it was offered for only half a year and in all of 14 copies. Like many other makers’ “Vitesse” or “Speed” models Riley’s “MPH” was less about nominal speed than the idea of speed.

The Singer Story: The Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Bicycles & Motorcycles

by Kevin Atkinson

Everyone knows that Bugattis used distinctive flat-spoke aluminum wheels. So did Singer—but 20 years earlier. The curved front forks of a bicycle are a George Singer patent, and still in use today. If you don’t know Singer, you should.

The Complete Catalogue of British Cars 1895–1975 

by Culshaw & Horrobin

It seems farfetched nowadays but once upon a time the British motor industry was thriving. First published in 1974, this book catalogs some 700 manufacturers and 3700 models—and those are just the production passenger cars.