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British Sports Cars of the 1950s and 60s

British Sports Cars of the 1950s and 60s

Author: James Taylor
Series: Shire Library
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Description

Nobody built sports cars like British manufacturers in the 1950s and 1960s. There was something very special about the combination of low-slung open two-seater bodywork with a spartan interior, a slick sporting gearchange and a rorty exhaust note. This was wind-in-the-hair motoring, and it was affordable by the average young man - at least, until he got married and had a family. The names of MG and Triumph stood proudly out from the rest, but there were many others as well. Austin-Healeys and Jaguars were grander and faster, but they still embodied that almost indefinable fun factor. Then there were the bit-part players, who did their best to secure a place in the affections of the sports car buying public. British sports cars were hugely popular overseas, especially in the USA. And tellingly, when Japanese manufacturer Mazda wanted to make a sports car in 1989, it sought inspiration from these very classics of the 1950s and 1960s. Today, the Mazda MX-5 is the world's best-selling sports car.

Author description

James Taylor is a world authority on automobiles and has written "The London Bus" and "Land Rover" for Shire. The author lives in Great Britain.

Table of contents

Origins / Export at All Costs / New Cars for New Times / What Went Wrong / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780747814320
  • : Shire Publications Ltd
  • : Shire Publications Ltd
  • : April 2014
  • : 210mm X 149mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 56
  • : 629.2221094109045
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : James Taylor