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Beginning with an historical overview of car design, this book gives an account of the developments in automobile technology and of the designers and engineers behind them.
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Clearly enjoying his subject, Boyne ( The Leading Edge ) offers here a lively portrait of man's second best friend, tracking the automobile from its creation to the present. The book is accompanied by some 200 elegant photographs: a 1938 Jaguar SS-100 gleaming beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, a beetle VW production line, French soldiers touring in a huge Peugeot in 1918, Cadillacs, Packards, Model T's, Cords, Bentleys, Austins, Ferraris, Bugattis. Boyne discusses such far-flung issues as the fuel crisis of the 1970s, bank-robber Clyde Barrow's fondness for the Ford V-8, the "visceral impact" that the Jaguar XK-120 had on the automotive worldand its relationship to the equally influential Datsun 240Zas well as considerations of the pros and cons of solar, steam and electrically powered vehicles. There are chapters on classic car restoration, on engine and body design and an amusing discourse entitled "Nobody's Perfect: Quirks of the Road," which touches on some notable failures including the Bond mini-car, the Dymaxion and the Tucker 48, and asks the eternal question: "Are four wheels necessary?" First serial to Motor Trends ; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Presented here is a well-organized book that begins with a concise but perceptive history of the automobile and its impact on the 20th century. Individual chapters trace the evolution of the engines, the chassis, and the body styling over the past century. A section on some of the bizarre automotive creations is amusing. The author closes with his predictions on the car of the 21st century, the Centurion, a lightweight vehicle with an electric motor, a top speed of 45 mph, and a $6500 price tag. The book is enhanced with superb photos by Lucinda Lewis and some rare black-and-white photos. Recommended for anyone interested in cars or fine photography.
- Jack F. Perretti, Northwestern Connecticut Community Coll., Winsted
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Conran Octopus Ltd, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M185029383X