Encyclopaedia Britalicar: The Story of British Cars & Italian Design
By Chris Rees
Celebrating the rich, deep partnership between the British car industry and Italian design, this book is packed with coachbuilt cars, design classics and concept cars from the 1920s to the current day. The story starts with the early days of coachbuilt cars on separate chassis from illustrious marques like Bentley, Frazer Nash and Rolls-Royce, which were bodied by such Italian coachbuilders as Pinin Farina, Viotti and Zagato. After World War Two came the golden era of coachbuilt cars, with Italian companies creating some of the world’s most beautiful shapes of all time on chassis from the likes of Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Bristol, Jaguar, Jowett, MG, Riley and Rover.
Then came the era when Italian carrozzerie morphed into design houses, penning shapes for mass-produced cars like the BMC 1100/1300 and Triumph Herald, and crafting what are widely recognised to be some of the world’s most beautiful cars, such as the Aston Martin DB4, AC 428 and Lotus Esprit.
Finally came the era of the ‘concept car’, with incredible show designs based on British marques such as Jaguars by Bertone, the BMC 1800 Berlina Aerodinamica by Pininfarina and Lotus by Italdesign.
This book reveals the full stories behind the intense, diverse, sometimes surprising and always fascinating links between British cars and Italian design: the characters, the deals, the designs and above all the cars themselves.
Over 40 British marques are included, from AC to Wolseley, and from major names like Jaguar down to smaller operations such as Jensen, TVR, Elva and Gordon-Keeble. These are matched by more than 40 Italian carrozzerie, from Allemano to Zagato. As well as major collaborations – such as Pininfarina and BMC, Michelotti and Triumph, Touring and Aston Martin – myriad never-before-told stories of small operators really make this book special: the likes of Frua, Boano, Fissore, Monviso, Sibona-Basano and Schiaretti.
Richly illustrated with hundreds of period images, high-quality modern photography and dozens of sketches by the designers themselves – many never seen in print before – this is a book to relish for both lovers of design and enthusiasts of British and Italian cars.
AC * Armstrong-Siddeley * Aston Martin * Austin * Austin-Healey * Bentley * BL/BLMC/BMC * Bristol * Daimler * DeLorean * Elva * Ferguson * Ford * Frazer Nash * Frisky * Gordon-Keeble * Healey * Hillman * Innocenti * Jaguar * Jensen * Jowett * Lea-Francis * Lola * Lotus * MG * Mini * Morris * Panther * Reliant * Riley * Rolls-Royce * Rover * Singer * Sunbeam * Standard * Triumph * TVR * Vauxhall * Vanden Plas * Wolseley
Italian Coachbuilders Included
Allemano * Ares * Bertone * Biemme * Boano * Boneschi * Boniolo * Breuer * Casale * Castagna * Cattelan * CECOMP * Coggiola * Drogo * F&F * Fiore * Fissore * Ford Centro Stile * Francis Lombardi * Frua * FT * Garavini * Ghia * Ghia-Aigle * I.DE.A * Indestor * Italdesign * Italsuisse * Michelotti * Monviso * Motto * Opac * OSI * Pilato * Pinin Farina/Pininfarina * Schiaretti * Sibona-Basano * Sports Cars * Stabilimenti Farina * Tjaarda * Touring * Vignale * Viotti * Zagato
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Definitive A-Z Encylopaedia of Low-Volume British Sports Cars
By Chris Rees
Following World War 2, private car manufacturers were in ruins and austerity reigned. Invention follows necessity and an era of ingenuity and rebirth blossomed. With car ownership still an unreachable dream for many, the notion of buying your own sports car seemed way out of reach.
Yet a new industry quickly sprang up, building sports cars that enthusiasts craved. This was a time when a chassis and glassfibre body could be bought for the price of a cheap second-hand banger. Home builders could now create their own ‘specials’, either from scratch or using kits of parts – a major new innovation.
This fascinating and meticulously researched book tells the story of the post-war British specialist car industry and the birth of the kit car movement from 1945 on. As well as familiar names like Lotus, TVR and Ginetta, this book features pioneers like Buckler, RGS and Rochdale, plus dozens of obscure makes and models which have never been seen in a book before.
The full list of marques covered is: AKS, Ashley, Astra, Auto Bodies, Bonglass, Bowden, Brookes, Brooks, Buckler, Buroche, Cambridge, Concord, Convair, Conversion/Naco, CRS, CSC, Dante, Dellow, Delta, Dolphin, EB, Elva, Fairlite, Fairthorpe, Falcon, Fibrous, Frisky, Galt-Glass, Gilbern, Ginetta, GSM, Halifax, Hamblin, Hepworth, Heron, HG, Kenmar/Shirley, Leonard, Littabourne, LMB, Lockwood, Lotus, Marcos, Markham-Peasey, Martin, Microplas, Nickri, Nobel, Nordec, Opperman, Peel, Rejo, RGS, Rochdale, Speedex, Speedy, Super, Terrier, Tornado, Townend, Turner, TVR, TWM, Universal, Versil, Victory, Vixen, VW, Watford, Watling and Weslite. Numerous one-offs and specials are also illustrated.
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The definitive encyclopaedia of three-wheeled cars vehicles from 1940 to date
This fantastic book about 3-wheeled cars and other vehicles from award-winning motoring author Chris Rees tells the full story of three-wheeled vehicles from 1940 onwards.
This essential A-Z reference book profiles every single three-wheeled vehicle – no fewer than 1,122 different types – with over 1,600 illustrations, many of them never seen before in print. The fascinating story of a hugely diverse branch of the motoring world details a whole myriad of captivating and unusual three-wheelers, including:
* 240 pages
* Over 1,600 illustrations
* Entries for 1,122 different three-wheelers
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