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  • - The War of Wheels Between Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox
    by Giles Chapman
    £12.49

    The gripping story of the toy car wars: how Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox drove our childhoods!

  • - 60 Years
    by Giles Chapman
    £22.49

    Mini celebrates 60 amazing years of this iconic car, from its revolutionary introduction to the popularity of its new-generation models. The first two-door Mini, introduced in 1959 and built until 2000, revolutionized automotive design with its innovative front-wheel-drive layout that made the car appear bigger on the inside than the outside. In 1999, the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. Designed for British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis and manufactured in England, Australia, Spain, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Yugoslavia, the Mini was as successful in competition as it was on the street, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through 1967. Originally built by BMC, the Mini’s later parent company, Rover, was acquired by BMW in 1994. In 2000, BMW sold most of the Rover Group but retained the Mini brand. The last and 5,387,862nd original Mini rolled off the production line in October 2000. In July 2001, BMW launched production of the new-generation of Mini which was soon joined by Countryman, Clubman, convertible, Cooper Works, and numerous special editions. Nearly 20 years later, the new Minis remain as popular as the original from 1959.

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    Giles Chapman investigates the fascinating motoring history of the 1950s

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    Giles Chapman documents the whole turbulent decade stunningly illustrated book, from the cars that dominated our motoring lives to the much-maligned Morris Marina and Reliant Robin actually helped drivers out of a jam

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    What Europe needed after the Second World War was an ultra-reliable workhorse to get small businesses on the move again. And, with a little nudge from the Dutch, that's what Volkswagen provided in 1950 with its Transporter van. It was no fireball, but rock-solid quality meant it always delivered the goods.

  • by Giles Chapman
    £16.49

  • - The Definitive History of Automobiles
    by Giles Chapman
    £16.49

  • by Giles Chapman & Richard Porter
    £11.49

    Good old Dad and his good old Dad's car. As solid and dependable as the man himself, if a little less balding, Dad's car was almost a member of the family, whisking you to exciting days out, or just to visit boring relatives in distant parts of the country to the chant of 'are we nearly there yet?' Like the man behind the wheel, Dad's car made you feel safe and secure, because it was as reassuring and sensible as he was. Maybe in an idle moment Dad dreamt of driving something rakish and fast, just like in idle moments he dreamt that your Mum was Twiggy, but the demands of family life meant soft tops, hard suspension and anything even remotely sporty were off the cards. Even anything less than four doors would have been wildly hedonistic. But although the family car may not have been the very essence of rock 'n' roll, Dad was proud of it. Spanning the 1950s to the '80s, this is a celebration of the heyday of the Dad car. From much loved family workhorses like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Viva to the rakish excitement and playground kudos of the Rover 3500 and Citroen CX, all the great Dad cars are here. Reflecting a time before people carriers and lifestyle off roaders, when the nearest thing to an airbag was hiding behind your fat brother, this is a celebration of simple, honest cars that were as flawed and as loveable as your Dad himself.

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    Everyone's favourite cars of the 1990s in this lavishly illustrated little book

  • - Gripping Photos of the 4x4 Pioneer
    by Giles Chapman
    £17.99

    Gripping archive images of the 4x4 pioneer presented in a fresh and stylish design

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    The history of Jaguar, a rousing British success story!

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    The exciting story of the enormously successful Range Rover, the ultimate must-have SUV

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    Before the Ford Capri arrived in 1969, GT cars had tended to be expensive, temperamental, impractical and rarefied. Ford decided there was no reason why a four-seater coupe couldn't look stunning and go like a rocket (with the right engine) yet be as easy and cheap to run as a Ford Escort.

  • by Giles Chapman
    £9.99

    Chapman tells the story of how Land Rovers have tamed the planet's toughest terrain with their unstoppable off-road capability

  • - Insider tips and practical advice on how to buy and sell at 'boot fairs'
    by Giles Chapman
    £8.99

    This guide for sellers also includes expert tips for buyers, to give a unique and total overview of how 'the system' can reward anyone.

  • by Giles Chapman
    £12.49

    From Ace to Zodiac - via the world-beating Land Rover, the thrilling Morgan Aeromax, the eternally young Mini Cooper and the unique London taxi - this is a celebration of the best British cars, old and new, in all their glorious diversity.

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