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

Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, The Complete Story

by James Taylor

If you see one you can’t fail to notice it—and admire it. Admit it. If you want to know the story behind it, this book will set you on the right path, and while the car may have been for the ultra rich the book is a paltry $40!

Coachwork on the Rolls-Royce Twenty, 20/25, 25/30 and Wraith: 1922–1939

by James Taylor

Cars of this era did not come with standard bodies—you spec’d your own, from your preferred coachbuilder. Several thousand of these “small” Rolls-Royces were built so there’s lots to cover here.

Lola: The T70 and Can-Am Cars

by Gordon Jones

Go to a big-name vintage race and chances are you’ll see a T70 in action, one of the best-looking race cars of its time. Decades in the making, this book explains the success of the lithe British car with the brawny American motors.

Jaguar Century: 100 Years of Automotive Excellence

by Giles Chapman

Strictly speaking it’s not Jaguar Cars that is a hundred years old but the 1922 predecessor company. The early brand philosophy is still evident today, but one important virtue is not: that you get more car than you pay for. With Jaguar poised to move way, way upmarket everything in this book will make you wish you bought one sooner.

XKD 603 Through the Lens of Time

by Clive Beecham

Every D-type is special—few were made and the one here is one of only six surviving long-noses. It was raced hard and successfully and 60-odd years later it’s not only still around but in largely original condition! A story worth reading, and in a rather spectacular book.

9600 HP, The Story of the World’s Oldest E-Type

by Philip Porter

Not just any old E-Type but the one from the launch in 1961. It has survived and was gloriously restored—after gathering dust in a barn for two decades. Many hands have touched the car, many things have happened to it—and it’s all here.

Morris – the Cars and the Company

by Jon Pressnell

There once was a time when modest Morris owned the largest-ever share of the British market. What happened? Lots of new material sheds light on the matter.

Morgans for a Lifetime: In Prose and Poetry

by Larry Ayers

He’s raced Morgans and restored them, toured and traveled the world in them. Now he salutes and celebrates with prose and poetry the Morgans, in all their flavors, that have given him so much pleasure.

Lotus Elite: Colin Chapman’s first GT Car

by Matthew Vale

Some called it the best-looking car ever. The press lauded it. To break into the road car market Lotus kept the price so low they hardly made money on it. If you wanted it even cheaper, you could buy it as a kit. Still it took six years to sell just about a thousand. Sounds like a complex 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 on the art and science of a small company building small vehicles.

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.

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.