Jaguar: The History of a Great British Car (Andrew Whyte)

Jaguar: The History of a Great British Car (Andrew Whyte) 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, 1980, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables; Photographic end papers & blanks;

From the cover: Many books have already dealt with specific aspects of Jaguar one of the most individual and resilient of marques. None, however, has ever linked the product to the company and its people in as complete and personal a way as this one, published as this relatively young company approaches its 60th birthday.

The author, Andrew Whyte, has spent most of his working life directly associated with Jaguar Cars Ltd. His own enthusiasm for Jaguar is self-evident, yet he does not paint the picture rose-tinted. For the first time, detailed coverage is given to the formative years the most fascinating stage of any organisation, especially so since he believes that there is much more Jaguar history still to be made. The garden in Stockport, the hotch-potch of premises in Blackpool, the awful old munitions factory in Coventry that served the company for more than 20 years Andrew Whyte has been to them all, with people who worked there.

In this book he describes the inspired but spiky partnership that led to one mans success story, and introduces the reader to many of the previously anonymous men and women who contributed to that success.

In presenting new material, and in bringing the Jaguar story up to date, the author does not moralise except to imply that in the end people and not systems, individuals and not committees, will ensure that Jaguar cars will go on being made, and giving pleasure to their users as was always the prime aim of Sir William Lyons.

What the company has made is dealt with in Part Two, which contains descriptions and figures concerning every car the company has built. The general tables include (another first) a complete but easily digested record of home and export achievement. There are even lists of every individual pre-war sportscar and post-war competition model, by chassis number, uniquely supplementing the highly descriptive text.

Introduction by: Sir William Lyons

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 249 pages. Index. 9½” x 7″.

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