A History of the World’s High-performance Cars (Richard Hough & Michael Frostick)

A History of the World’s High-performance Cars (Richard Hough & Michael Frostick) 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…

London: George Allen & Unwin, 1967, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates [8]; Black & white drawings; Colour frontispiece; Cutaways;

From the cover: This new book in the highly praised Alien and Unwin series on motoring history is an illustrated survey of the origins and development of the outstanding automobiles produced in Europe and America which have been designed for the fast driver and motoring connoisseur: the high performance motor car.

The year 1910, when this history begins, has been taken as the date at which the automobile began to grow up. Before the end of the first decade of the century the functions of the motor car were limited by the clumsiness and unreliability of the machine itself, and the primitive condition of the roads. In the last years before the First World War, science and the engineers men of the calibre of Henry Leland and the Duesenbergs in America, Birkigt and Henri in Europe helped to bring the fast motor car to a condition of such improved reliability and tractability, comfort and performance, that it began seriously to compete with the railway. By 1914 the Grand Tour of Europe and the long distance business or vacation journey in America could be speedily and satisfactorily accomplished independently of public transport.

The Grand Tourer and the thoroughbred high performance motor car of today has its origins in such machines as the Mercer Race-about and six-cylinder Packard in America, in the Alfonso Hispano-Suiza and Prince Henry Austro-Daimler in Europe. Their successors today are the 300SE Mercedes and the DB6 Aston Martin. The half-century between these machines has been filled with a succession of automobiles in the high performance tradition, some of which like the Mercedes can be traced through a direct family pedigree, while others made their mark fleetingly.

A special section deals with the American-engined European machines the mid-Atlantics which, from the Railton to the Iso Rivolta, have added further colour and pace to the motoring scene.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the spine ends. Gift inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Turquoise boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 189 pages. Index. 10″ x 7½”.

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