Adam Quellin Microcars at Large!

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Microcars at Large!

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This book celebrates an exciting period in motoring history. In the period following the Second World War, materials were in short supply and many people couldn’t afford a proper car. Economies were struggling and several motor manufacturers turned their hand to building basic transportation for motorists. These little cars were noisy, often crude and not over-reliable but provided transport for thousands of impoverished motorists. Due to their shape, many of these vehicles earned the nickname bubblecar’ and ensured a place in people’s hearts. The role they played has crucial role in motoring history. They have overcome design challenges and many have reached iconic status. Discover the spherical Isetta and the wedge shaped Bond Bug. As prized collectors items, some microcars now enjoy cult status. Full of original color illustrations, this volume charts the history and development of bubblecars and microcars from the middle of the twentieth century to the present day. This is a lavishly illustrated guide to the weird and wonderful world of microcars from the basic bubblecars of the 1950s to the sophisticated models of today.

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Adam's passion for classic cars began at an early age.  He always had a keen interest in microcars and is a member of several car clubs. A regular contributor to the club magazines and until recently editor of a local classic car club magazine, Adam has always indulged his interest in this area.  Born in Cambridge and raised in East Anglia, he now resides in Coventry, in the West Midlands with his wife Caroll. Adam often likes to get behind the wheel of his 1954 MG Magnette ZA, which is one of the earlier, rare tin top dash models. I work with people with learning disabilities, supporting them in daily living skills.

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The Automobile, October 2007

The author treats microcars as the bubblecars and minicars of the 1950s and ’60s. Thus a fairly detailed look is taken at 10 marques and their derivatives and licensees – Isetta, Heinkel Trojan, Scootacar, Peel, Bond, Reliant, Messerschmitt, Goggomobil, Nobel and Berkeley. Familiar with Isetta into BMW, I hadn’t realized just how many others were sired from the Italian original. There was Romi in Brazil and Spain, Velam in France, Hoffmann in Germany until BMW protested, British-built BMW's in Brighton and de Carlo in the Argentine.

The Peel from the Isle of Man was probably the shortest production car (50 only) ever built at just 52in long, while the Nobel was built under license from the German Fuldamobil, also licensed to Sweeden, Norway, Chile, Argentina, India and Greece. It is amazing just how many of the various marques were produced when it was such a short-lived fashion in the UK. 

Although described as ‘an often light-hearted celebration of the smallest and best-loved vehicles on the road’, this well-illustrated book is a nicely-written study of an almost-forgotten era.


totalkitcar.com, August 2007-Website ezine and quarterly magazine

This book, the second on the subject published by Veloce this year celebrates an exciting period of time in motoring history. In the period following WW2, materials were in short supply and many people couldn’t afford a proper car. Economies were struggling and several manufacturers turned their hand to building rudimentary modes of transport. These little cars were noisy, often crude and not over-reliable but enabled motorists of the day to get around.
 
Due to their shape many of these cars were called ‘bubble cars’ – a term made famous by the spherical Isetta and wedge-shaped Bond Bug.
 
Ironically these days many of these cars have become prized collectors items and some even enjoy cult status, with this 112-page book, packed with colour photos, charts the history and development of bubblecars and microcars from the middle of the 20th century to the present day.
 
A lavishly illustrated guide to the weird and wonderful world of microcars from the basic bubblecars of the 1950s to the sophisticated models of today.



Classic & Sports Car, May 2007 by Alistair Clements - UK magazine

Ignore the rather labored bubble theme that runs throughout, this book is actually all about microcars. Or rather, the selection of mainly '50s and '60s models chosen by the author as the most important of the breed, plus a final chapter on microcars of today. Enthusiastic rather than exhaustive, the text is accessible if lacking in polish. Some will applaud the way Veloce's cheap-and-cheerful approach gets work published that might otherwise be overlooked, but $30 seems steep for a slim paperback with integral adverts and illustrations gathered entirely at club meets – albeit with some useful details. The design makes it appear like a children's book, but it doesn't read like one. At a third of the price it would make a light-hearted introduction for the uninitiated, but if you already have a basic knowledge of the genre this will leave you yearning for more.

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