Illustrated Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Automobiles by Giles Chapman

By Giles Chapman

This chunky layout, retro-feel encyclopedia reports one hundred fifty of the main fabulous vehicles in motoring background from the earliest to experiments for the longer term. every one car is illustrated and observed via informative textual content, a colourful quote, and a requisites field. disbursed generously in the course of the publication are pleasant photographic spreads displaying vehicles which are ordinary in their period.

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SPECIFICATION YEAR REVEALED 1922 PLACE OF ORIGIN Birmingham, UK HISTORICAL STATUS production car ENGINE four-cylinder, 42ci (696cc) MAXIMUM POWER 10bhp LAYOUT front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels BODYWORK two-door, four-seater tourer TOP SPEED 40mph (64kph) NUMBER BUILT 302,000 “He [Herbert Austin] was hellishly bad-tempered. ” STANLEY EDGE, AUSTIN SEVEN DESIGNER 42 LANCIA LAMBDA T he concept of a new car “bristling” with the latest technology is often bandied about, but few new models carried as much all-round innovation at their debut as Lancia’s sporty Lambda.

The Seven instantly became the world’s leading small car. Rights were sold worldwide and it was brazenly copied in Japan for the first Datsun. SPECIFICATION YEAR REVEALED 1922 PLACE OF ORIGIN Birmingham, UK HISTORICAL STATUS production car ENGINE four-cylinder, 42ci (696cc) MAXIMUM POWER 10bhp LAYOUT front-mounted engine driving the rear wheels BODYWORK two-door, four-seater tourer TOP SPEED 40mph (64kph) NUMBER BUILT 302,000 “He [Herbert Austin] was hellishly bad-tempered. ” STANLEY EDGE, AUSTIN SEVEN DESIGNER 42 LANCIA LAMBDA T he concept of a new car “bristling” with the latest technology is often bandied about, but few new models carried as much all-round innovation at their debut as Lancia’s sporty Lambda.

He found backing for his Streamline Cars from his friend Stephen Courtauld, a textile magnate with an interest in technology. With “streamline” the 1930s buzzword equivalent of “digital” today, Courtauld was eager to own an airship-inspired car himself. The fabric-covered body frame of Burney’s “R100 on wheels” was built like an aircraft fuselage, a sort of inverted truss steel girder, cross-braced by strainer wires, with a completely flat underside. Rear-engined, the Burney had all-round independent suspension, and a spare wheel was concealed inside the rear door.

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