Motoring history reference books



An excellent selection of high-quality, great value, motoring history reference books by some of the world's leading motoring historians and authors. Most titles include a comprehensive amount of facts and figures, and most are heavily illustrated with outstanding archive photographs. All books are brand new.

100 Years of Motoring -20th Century in Pictures

By Tim Knowles. 300 Pages

A fascinating coffee table motoring history reference book which features approximately 300 high-quality press photographs from the past 100+ years to chronicle motoring life in Britain as more cars arrived on the road.

It features everything from strange cars to motor racing, city streets, famous drivers, classic motoring scenes, motor shows and much more, along with detailed captions of each. A great book to have around and dip into.

500 of the World's Greatest Motoring History Web Sites


By Alan Glaze. 56 pages

From the history of 3-wheelers to a detailed directory of the world's motor racing circuits, this monumental listing of literally hundreds of highly informative motoring history web sites provides a huge amount of detail about every aspect of the motor car. Most of the featured web sites are the work of devoted individuals who have put a huge amount of personal knowledge, as well as extensive research into creating a very informative web site, and this book will help you find them. Many of the web sites also include a wonderful collection of rare archive photographs, many of which are not available elsewhere. For anyone interested in different aspects of motoring history, this is a very useful publication. Also included is a link to the same information online for easy web access.

A Century of Grand Prix Motor Racing

By Anthony Pritchard. Hardback, 272 pages, 250 illustrations

The author’s flowing text is interspersed with a compilation of contemporary writing to trace the history of Grand Prix racing from the heroic days of the pioneering era through to the technical sophistication of the last days of the 20th century. Contents: 1895-1914; The Roaring Twenties 1919-30; Alfa Romeo and the Silver Arrows 1931-40; The supremacy of the supercharger 1946-51; The substitute formula 1952-3; British racing revival 1954-60; At the expense of speed 1961-5; Return to power 1966-80; The turbocharged era 1981-88; The 3.5 and 3-litre era 1989-98.

Art Deco and British Car Design

  By Barrie Down. 144 Pages

The rarely told story of British car streamline styling. The book identifies the influence Art Deco had on automotive design and includes biographies of 1930s British automotive designers along with many illustrations of their work, including many pictures not published before. The book is divided into two parts, with the first explaining and illustrating Art Deco styling elements and the second part portraying the British streamlined production cars made between 1933 and 1936. The book is well illustrated and is an instructive and visual feast for all car lovers, especially anyone interested in British motoring history. "Author Barrie Down was an industrial designer and it shows in his thorough and knowledgeable text. Readable, informative and good value." Classic Cars

Austin Healey


By Graham Robson.  64 pages

Born in 1952, the Austin-Healey 100 soon took the UK and US markets by storm. A beautiful, brutish car, it was what many sporting motorists had been waiting for, and at a relatively affordable price. Following the 100 was the 3000 – a car as successful on the rally stage as it was loved on the open road, and the Sprite – which recreated the market for the cheap 'everyman's' sports car. Graham Robson, an authority on the British motor industry, presents a concise history of Austin-Healey, and the marque's success on road and track. Illustrated throughout, it is an ideal introduction for all lovers of this quintessentially British sports car.

Automobile Record Breakers -from rocket to road car


By David Tremayne. 128 pages. Hardback

Written by an undoubted authority on the subject, this great little book which looks back at the history of speed and distance record breaking in various forms. It also looks at going fast in cars in various ways, including unusual cars (4WD, Turbo, 6 wheel as well as F1). There is also a large section on Project Thrust which took the Land Speed Record in 1983 with Richard Noble at the wheel (the project leader of the later SSC supersonic record breaker and the current Bloodhound 1000mph project). The book is full of facts, plus many excellent revealing photos.


Cars -Fascinating facts and photographs of Britain's favourite cars


By Matt Leonard. 256 pages. Hardback

With the use of comprehensive lists and fantastic colour photographs, as well as fun facts and interesting statistics, this book charts the story of the car since 1960. You will learn how the development of modern vehicles, from sports cars to family hatchbacks and SUVs to hybrid/electric cars has influenced changes in society and how politics has dictated the type of cars we drive. You will also explore how the 21st century car has become an indispensable part of everyday life, and what the future may have in store for the humble automobile. This is a riveting read for all car enthusiasts and available at an outstanding price while stocks last.

Classic Cars -celebrating the legends


By Tim Slade. 160 pages. Hardback 

An informative text that chronicles the revolutionary design and technology that has shaped the world of automobiles, from the earliest days of Austin Seven, Ford, and Bugatti to the classic marques of Rolls-Royce, Chevrolet, and Lamborghini. The nicely presented book includes stunning photography, along with detailed statistics and behind-the-scenes stories. Any fan of classic motoring will discover what makes a classic car stand out from the rest, including high speed, revolutionary design, limited availability, and more.

Ferrari: All the Cars


By Leonardo Acerbi. 404 pages

For any Ferrari enthusiast, this chunky, paperback is a must-have puchase as it profiles every car, model-by-model, from the Ferrari 'preview' of 1940 to the cars up to the mid 2000s. It is a catalogue, which features a specially commissioned colour drawing for each road and racing car, together with archive photography, informative text and specification. Where a single-seater, sports racing model or prototype competed for more than one season or, in the case of a GT, remained in production for several years, each entry contains the principal modifications. A huge amount of detail at a very good price.

Flying Cars -the extraordinary history of cars designed for tomorrow's world

By Patrick Gyger. 192 Pages. Hardback

A fascinating and beautifully illustrated book about one of the most challenging episodes in the evolution of the motor car. While the book may sound like a work of science fiction, it is all true. Cars designed to be flown and aircraft designed to be driven have been created surprisingly often, particularly in the United States, where the unfettered optimism of the 1930s and 1950s allowed such fanciful ideas to flourish from time to time. This handsome book covers the subject in depth for the first time, revealing the stories of many doomed ventures, supported by a wealth of intriguing photographs together with wonderful artwork from comics, popular science magazines and science-fiction novels.

Grand Prix Driver by Driver


By Liam McCann. 128 pages

Grand Prix driver by driver is a comprehensive collection of profiles of the best drivers to have raced in Grand Prix and Formula One. From the legendary pre-war aces like Nuvolari, Caracciola and Varzi to the stars of modern Grand Prix racing like Moss, Fangio, Clark, Senna, Schumacher, Hamilton and Vettel, this book examines the careers of some of best drivers in the history of motorsport. Re-live the sport s golden age in the 1920s, wonder at the skill and courage of drivers like Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Graham Hill in its most dangerous era, and celebrate the magnificent achievements of Mansell, Piquet and Prost in the most competitive championships of the 1980s and 90s. Packed with superb illustrations and statistical information, each profile looks at the drivers successes, failures and iconic moments. This book is a fantastic reference point for all fans of Formula One.

Mini Portfolio 1981-1997


Various authors. 174 pages 

This book covers a comprehensive range of magazine articles covering a 16 year period in the life of a car which was already an elderly design by 1981, and the articles present a fascinating picture of how customer demand more or less forced a manufacturer to keep an outdated product on sale. Sir Alec Issigonis, the Mini's creator, would have been proud if he had lived to see that the car he created in the late 1950s was still in production in the late 1990s. Initially badged as an Austin or a Morris, the car became a plain Mini during the British Leyland period, and then went on to wear Rover badges when BL changed its name in the middle 1980s. While the Rover name on such a small car may seem rather incongruous, it is undeniable that the Rover name was traditionally associated with durable cars. Models covered: 1000 HL, City E, HLE, Lynx, SX, Anniversary Cooper, ERA, Mayfair, Cooper, Cooper S, Cabriolet & Cooper 1.3.

Modern Sports Cars

  By Roger Bell. 192 pages. Hardback

This beautifully illustrated Haynes volume delivers an informative and interesting appraisal of today's modern sports cars. Author Roger Bell describes all the production open-top sports cars which were around at the end of the 20th Century from manufacturers around the world, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Mercedes, Jaguar, Mazda, Porsche, Lotus, Toyota, and many others. It includes detailed specification, as well as performance tables which give a full comparison of models. Nearly all of the cars featured have been driven and tested by the author.

Motor cars of the 1930s

By Ian Dussek. 32 Pages

The car came of age during the 1930s. It ceased to be a successor to the horse-drawn cart and no longer was it a rich man’s toy. This book charts the development made in the decade prior to the Second World War, during which the means of construction, materials, engineering and the companies themselves became established. Variety was the essence of the period and the public could take its pick from hundreds of models. It is a story of engineering improvement, the rationalisation of sales and service in vehicles and components, and of change even to the roads themselves.

New Mini


By Graham Robson. 160 pages. Hardback

Like the car itself, New Mini has proved a hot property, selling more than 7,000 copies - and Practical Classics termed the book 'excellent'. So much has happened since three years ago that a new edition has become necessary, with coverage of the very latest diesel and cabriolet models. This expanded book, packed with even more information and photographs, is expected to become a fashion accessory among the 500,000 people worldwide who have now bought BMW's trendy baby.


Porsche 911 Source book


By Jorg Austin and Sigmund Walter. 296 pages. Hardback 

An incredibly comprehensive fact-filled book by two renowned experts.

Launched way back in 1964 and still in production today, the Porsche 911 has become an automotive wonder of the world. Down the years it has continually evolved, to the point where today's versions share little more than a name, a shape and an engine configuration with their earliest forebears. The many thousands of changes in specification through the years are all recorded and explained in this book, which has been compiled with extraordinary diligence from technical documentation in Porsche's archives.

Sir William Lyons The official biography

      By Phillip Porter and Paul Skilliter. 336 pages

Much has been written about Jaguar, but this is the first full biography of its founder Sir William Lyons. This inspiring book, written by two eminent Jaguar authors, describes Lyons' early influences, his tentative steps into the motor trade and how, while in his 30s, he established a substantial motor manufacturing business and launched the Jaguar marque - and then masterminded decades of glory. This is the fascinating story of a man whose life was inseparable from his cars.

The British Motor Industry

By Jonathan Wood. 64 Pages

An excellent, great value, finely illustrated history of the British Motor industry.

Austin, Hillman, Morris, Standard and Wolseley were a handful of the myriad marques that once constituted Britain’s indigenous motor industry. Born in 1896 into the high summer of Victorian prosperity, the native British industry survived until the collapse of The Rover Group in 2005. Jonathan Wood chronicles its long-life from its production of hand-made bespoke automobiles for the fortunate few to the arrival of mass production to provide cars for the many. He looks at the factories and the people who worked in them, and examines the role played by the component manufacturers that serviced the industry. Wood offers explanations as to why motor manufacturing followed the British motorcycle, bicycle and cotton industries into oblivion.

The Cars we Loved in the 1960s


By Giles Chapman. 160 pages

If you owned a car in 1960s Britain, you’ll love this blast back in time to when driving was still fun, highway speed limits were unheard-of (well, until 1965 anyway), and buying a new car was a thrilling family event. It was a golden period for iconic classic cars – the Mini Cooper, Jaguar E-type, AC Cobra and MGB – but also a time when British manufacturers really got their act together with stylish family models. Who can forget great little runabouts with evocative names like Anglia, Herald, Imp, Viva, Cortina and Hunter? Meanwhile, Rovers, Triumphs and Jags were delighting executives as they cruised along near-empty motorways. It was too good to last, of course, with regulations looming and fancy foreign cars creeping on to Britain’s driveways by the end of the decade. In this richly illustrated book, Giles Chapman recalls all the key cars of the era that you probably owned – or at least coveted – and brings the swinging ’60s back to life.

The Cars we Loved in the 1970s


By Giles Chapman. 160 pages

The 1970s saw some ground-breaking new metal in British showrooms: the Renault 5 established the new `supermini' class, the Volkswagen Golf gave the average family car a hatchback and top quality, the Ford Capri made sporty cars available to everyone and, despite all of this, that old favourite the Ford Cortina continued to rule the sales charts. The book is packed with historical photographs and is highly informative and entertaining.

The Classic Motor Racing Circuits of Europe

By David Venables. 176 pages. Hardback 

Beautifully presented, revealing and fact filled guide to all of Europe's legendary motor racing circuits, including Monza, Nurburgring, Donington, Le Mans, Brooklands and many others. Contains hundreds of excellent colour and black and white photographs, circuit maps, program covers and much more. The book was written by the highly respected David Venables, a leading authority on the subject and it will enthral everyone who buys it.

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Classic Cars


By Martin Buckley and Chris Rees. 512 pages

Martin Buckley and Chris Rees are highly regarded motoring author and he has imparted a considerable amount of information into this thoroughly researched reference book. The book is a sumptuous guide to the most important classic, modern and dream cars of the 20th century, with insightful descriptions. It includes approximately 1800 photographs, as well as a huge amount of valuable specifications of virtually all the major car models from the second half of the 20th Century. An invaluable reference source.

The Encyclopedia of Formula 1

By Tim Hill and Gareth Thomas. 255 Pages. Hardback

The Encyclopedia of Formula 1 chronicles the history of the world championships, for the 50+ years from Giuseppe Farina's victory for Alfa Romeo at Silverstone on 13 May 1950. It has an easy to read style and contains several hundred photographs. All the best loved and respected drivers are profiled along with the most important, innovative and successful teams and marques that have made the sport the multi-million pound industry that it has become. The popularity of the sport has meant that Formula 1 has truly become global, a fact that is reflected in the number of new circuits that have been added to the Formula 1 calendar over the years. These new circuits, as well as those well-established tracks, are illustrated and the daring deeds performed on them narrated. The history of Formula 1 is a story of ingenuity and endeavour, rivalry and camaraderie, triumph and tragedy, in pursuit of the greatest prize in motor sport.

The Greatest Moments of Grand Prix History

By Jon Stroud and Liam McCann. 110 pages. Hardback

The Little Book of the Greatest Moments of Grand Prix written by motorsport writer and journalist Jon Stroud, is a collection of articles featuring some of the most iconic moments in motor racing history. Illustrated with fantastic photographs, the author looks back at historic moments including Stirling Moss's titanic 1961 battle with the Ferraris at Monaco through to the 2007 phenomenon that is Lewis Hamilton; the youngest ever driver to lead the World Drivers' Championship. From Silverstone to Suzuka, Melbourne to Monza, this book will bring back memories of some of the most exciting Grands Prix that have taken place over the last 50 years.

The Legendary Model T

By Tom Collins. 304 pages. Hardback 

Beautifully packaged book celebrating the Model T's 100-year anniversary in 2008.

Explores the historic revolution Ford's Model T sparked with a low priced, mass produced car that was lightweight and tough.

"Henry's Lady" may have put America on wheels nearly 100 years ago, but this claim to Ford's fame remains as exciting to Ford fans as the day the first one rolled off the line. This passion for performance is celebrated in the 300 superb color photos and historic black-and-white images, production data and technical specifications, and collector pricing contained in this beautiful new book. The classic design, and rich photography of this reference offers you a unique and useful commemorative of the 100-year anniversary of the car that changed the world.

The Little Book of Aston Martin

By Phillip Raby. 128 pages. Hardback

Aston Martin - those two simple words conjure up exciting images in any enthusiast's mind. Images of power, speed and elegance with a dash of suavity thrown in. This little book gives a potted history of Aston Martin, outlining the company's chequered background and how it has evolved to be the prestige marque it is today, recognised around the world. It also features some of the most interesting and important road-going models that Aston Martin has produced over the years complete with performance figures and statistic fact boxes.

The Little Book of Beetle

By Jon Stroud. 128 pages. Hardback

The Little Book of the Beetle tells the fascinating story of the little car that brought modern day motoring to the masses. "Think small" said the advertising campaign – what better way to celebrate the VW Beetle than with a Little Book! Truly the world’s most popular car of all time, the Volkswagen Beetle holds a special place in the heart of many a motoring enthusiast the world over. To some it’s the Käfer, to others it’s the Vocho to most it’s the plain old Bug – whatever you want to call it it’s a motoring icon without comparison. From its beginnings in the dark and sinister days of Hitler’s Germany through to its modern day reincarnation.

The Little Book of Ferrari


By Brian Laban. 128 pages, Hardback

Written by leading motoring journalist, Brian Laban, The Little Book of Ferrari tells the story of one of the world’s most iconic cars. The story looks at the birth of Ferrari, with an insight into the man behind the legend: Enzo Ferrari. With a detailed look at the growth of Ferrari as a force in motorsport, we bring the story right up to date. A must for Motoring and Ferrari fans and a fascinating read.

The Little Book of Land Rover


By Charlotte Morgan and Stan Fowler. 128 pages, Hardback

The Second World War proved, among other things, the value of a basic 4-wheeled drive vehicle of rugged construction. The success of the American Jeep inspired the Wilkes brothers, Maurice & Spencer, who ran the Rover car company, that a British version was likely to be well received. Launched in 1948, customers were never in short supply for their creation, the Land Rover, although there were some unexpected owners for such a sparse and utilitarian car, incuding King George VI and Winston Churchill. Once the British army embraced it as their vehicle of choice, the Land Rover s place in motoring s hall of fame was secured. Since those days, the company has gone on to invent the concept of the luxury 4 x 4 with the launch of the Range Rover in 1970 and has added further to the distinguished stable with the Discovery, Freelander and more recently, the Evoque. The Land Rover has truly conquered the globe .... .find out how inside

The Little Book of Porsche

By Phillip Raby. 128 Pages. Hardback

The Little Book of Porsche, written by Philip Raby, motoring journalist, tells the story of one of the world’s most exciting cars, from the days of Ferdinand Porsche right up to the present day. We take a look at the chronological story of the car, with fascinating detail about its conception and birth. There are many great photographs of all the different Porsche models and also lost of useful facts and figures.

The Morgan

  By Ken Hill. 32 Pages. 

When H. F. S. Morgan designed and built his first three-wheeled single-seater car in 1909, he could never have envisaged the enormous success that his cars were to enjoy. Several attempts have been made by major manufacturers over the years to take over the company but all have been resisted, making Morgan the oldest family motor manufacturer in the world. Such is the attraction of the Morgan that the company no longer has to advertise its cars and the waiting list for a new car is between six months and two years, depending on the model ordered.

The Racing Driver's Pocket Book

By Colin Goodwin. 160 pages. Hardback 

An excellent handy reference book which lets you relive the thrills of the early Grand Prix and great endurance races from the golden age of motorsport.

Using extracts from contemporary race-reports along with expert advice on competitive driving and vintage advertisements, the book takes a light-hearted look at motor racing from its earliest origins up to the beginnings of Formula 1. It features such great names like Juan Fangio and Malcolm Campbell; eccentric personalities like the Siamese racing Prince 'Bira'; famous races such as the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and iconic tracks from Brooklands to the Nurburgring, The Racing Driver s Pocket Book evokes the unique spirit and élan of the period. It also focuses on the cars that achieved lasting fame, such as the famous German silver arrows of the 1930s, and explains racing terminology and tactics outlining track rules and regulations, as well as providing a few pointers on appropriate racing attire.

The Sports Cars book


By Paul Guinness  192 pages. Hardback

If you love driving, a sports car is the ideal vehicle. It has tactile handling, a strong performance, head-turning looks, and these are just some of the elements that make sports cars fun. This book provides a complete introduction to the world of sports cars, with practical advice on how to choose the most suitable model, and what to expect when running one, as well as guidance on insurance, accessories, modifying and maintenance. This is essential reading for anyone contemplating the purchase of their first sports car, as well as for existing owners who want to maximise their enjoyment of sports car ownership.


Veteran Motor Cars

By Michael Ware. 32 Pages

Veteran cars are those made not later than 1918 and were thus the earliest motor cars to appear on the roads of Britain. The first models basically comprised the frame and bodywork of a horse-drawn carriage fitted with a petrol engine, but during the period up to the First World War they became much more comfortable and efficient vehicles. This book describes how the motor car developed from its unpromising origins in the 1880s and 1890s, when motoring was mainly a hobby for wealthy eccentrics, until it came to be seen as a serious means of transport.