Motoring in the 30s (Graham Robson)

Motoring in the 30s (Graham Robson) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Transport Cars section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

Cambridge: Patrick Stephens, 1979, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Frontispiece; Photographic end papers & blanks; Appendices;

From the cover: This book is the first attempt to show that sandwiched between two exciting periods the 20s made legendary by the vintage movement and the unforgettable 40s is the eventful and significant 30s. It explains why more cars were sold than ever before at a time when the country was supposed to be in a desperate economic state.

As far as the motorist was concerned, it was a period when motoring for the wealthy was under attack and motoring for Everyman had arrived. Huge numbers of new motorists took to the roads of Britain for the first time. Cars were as cheap as they could ever be, as was the petrol, the spare parts and the labour to maintain them.

Statistics show that the motoring explosion looked positively staggering. In 1930 there were just over a million vehicles of all types on British roads; eight years later, in spite of die Depression, there were 2. 5 million in all. Production of private cars alone shot up from 170,000 in 1939 to 379,000 in 1937. Truly the start of motoring for the masses.

The 30s was the time for tycoonery and badge engineering to evolve. Many new car manufacturing groups were founded which were to wield enormous power, and personalities such as Herbert Austin, Lord Nuffield and William Rootes had much influence on British motoring the often-scorned economy cars becoming more important than the grand Phantoms, Hispano-Suizas and Mercedes.

On to the scene came driving tests, compulsory insurance, the 30 mph speed limit, a few arterial roads and the new road houses. In sport we had many heroes but few successful cars. We had splendid record-breaking attempts, venues like Brooklands and Donington, but we only won twice at Le Mans. Technically we started to make better value sports cars than any other nation.

It was certainly a fascinating age that should not go unrecorded. Motoring in the 30s fulfils this vital task and is a must for the motoring enthusiast and the social historian alike.

Introduction by: Captain George E. T. Eyston

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small address sticker to the front flap. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages. Index. 9¾” x 6¾”.

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