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100 Cars Britain Can be Proud of
100 Cars Britain Can be Proud of

From Ace to Zodiac - via the world-beating Land Rover, the thrilling Morgan Aeromax, the eternally young Mini Cooper and the unique London taxi - this is a celebration of the best British cars, old and new, in all their glorious diversity. Don't you believe it when people say there's no such thing as a 'British' car any more. As a nation, the calamity of British Leyland and MG Rover lingers in our collective conscience, but car factories in Britain today build some of the world's most advanced and desirable cars. Some of them have Japanese names, for sure, but then Ford was always more hamburger than roast beef, wasn't it? Britain's engineers, designers and entrepreneurs have for decades been the creators of motor cars with unique style and charm, from the Bentley 3-litre and Morris Minor Traveller of 'then' to the Aston Martin Vantage and Lotus Evora of 'now'. Inside, you'll find out about the country's 100 most significant models, boasting style, speed, ingenuity and The Right Stuff. They'll make you glad they're British!

Price: £6.99

Publication: 2 Dec 2010

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1001 Cars to Dream of Driving Before You Die (1001 Must Before You Die)
1001 Cars to Dream of Driving Before You Die (1001 Must Before You Die)

Get ready for the drive of your life.

Prepare yourself for the world's greatest road trip - this is your chance to follow in the tyre tracks of the 1001 greatest cars ever made.

Strap yourself in for a cavalcade of the fastest, biggest, smallest, most expensive, most innovative and downright sexiest motorized vehicles ever produced.

Appealing to car lovers ranging from vintage car spotters to armchair petrol heads, 1001 Cars You Must Drive Before You Die brings you the world's best cars including:

Chevrolets from the United States
MGs from Italy
Toyotas from Japan
Porsches from Germany
Aston Martins from the UK
Holdens from Australia

In one of the first truly global guides to cars, they are all here: from Henry Ford's pioneering Model T with its hand-cranked starter to the latest hi-tech vehicles, such as the Lexus LS600h hybrid-powered 4x4 sports saloon. Pore over the sumptuous full-colour photographs, marvel at the carefully compiled technical specifications and enjoy the authoritative but entertaining reviews written by a panel of motoring experts.

Price: £10.00

Publication: 1 Oct 2012

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Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History
Electric and Hybrid Cars: A History

Far from being a modern conception, electric cars were among the first vehicles on the road. In the formative days of the automobile, a third of cars were electric, and they challenged internal combustion engine-driven vehicles for primacy. Economic and environmental concerns have periodically revived widespread interest in electric cars and hybrid vehicles, and the quest for a non- or less-polluting vehicle that meets consumer's performance demands continues today. The history of the electric car is a long one, and it is still being written. This illustrated history of electric and hybrid vehicles covers the companies that produced various models; the politics that have surrounded them; the environmental aspects of electric and hybrid vehicles versus internal combustion engines; the history of efforts to overcome technological challenges associated with electric vehicles; a history of marketing strategies; and a synopsis of attitudes towards these vehicles throughout their existence. An appendix lists important dates in the history of electric cars, and a glossary defines.

Price: £35.84

Publication: 15 Dec 2009

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How Your Car Works: Your guide to the components & systems of modern cars, including hybrid & electric vehicles (RAC Handbook)
How Your Car Works: Your guide to the components & systems of modern cars, including hybrid & electric vehicles (RAC Handbook)

This title offers a comprehensive guided tour under the skin of the car. Diesel, petrol (gasoline), electric, hybrid and alternative propulsions are all dissected and explained in a reader-friendly manner, and as you move from the engine to the tailpipe, you'll discover what an exciting world there is within the car. Organised in intuitive chapters and backed with colourful illustrations and cutaways, this book describes the systems and parts that make your car move. Without emphasizing the 'boring' science bits, it discusses the practical application of various automotive terms, and explains why having more of one thing and less of another is beneficial in the real world. Whether you're just curious, or wish to become a better car owner, this book will start you on an exciting journey.

Price: £9.09

Publication: 15 Jun 2011

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Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (Innovative Technologies)
Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (Innovative Technologies)

Price: £21.05

Publication: Jan 2013

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The A-Z of 21st-Century Cars
The A-Z of 21st-Century Cars

The first years of the twenty-first century brought many changes and challenges for the automobile industry, from the development of environmentally responsible vehicles to the consolidation of numerous small companies as part of major manufacturing groups. Written by auto expert Tony Lewin and featuring over 1500 stunning photographs, this superb encyclopedia is the most comprehensive guide available to the international automobile industry of the last decade. The book explores some 150 of the most significant models, highlighting their performance, stylistic features and innovations. In addition, the guide includes entries on manufacturers around the world, covering many more production and concept cars past and present, as well as entries on the industry's most influential designers. Informative profiles are enhanced throughout by technical specifications, company histories, chronologies of principal models and designer biographies. The result is an essential source of reference that no one interested in motoring can afford to be without.

Price: £16.47

Publication: 14 Oct 2011

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Top Gear: The Cool 500: The coolest cars ever made
Top Gear: The Cool 500: The coolest cars ever made

Ever since Karl Benz first powered up his Patent-Motorwagen in 1885, man has salivated and swooned over automobiles. And none more so than the motoring fanatics at Top Gear, who have test-driven, critiqued and worshipped some of the best cars in motoring history. While many have fallen short of Top Gear's exacting standards, others have triumphed, proving so damn cool they're SubZero.

In this unique bible of motoring coolness, Top Gear's Matt Master recounts the stories behind history's greatest cars, from pre-war vintage motors to the supercars of the future, pairing stunning Top Gear photography and rarely seen archive photographs with expert commentary. He'll break down the technology behind these incredible machines and place each car in the context of its time, with anecdotes and analysis that explain just what's so cool about each one.

From the quintessential British luxury of the Bentley Brooklands to the Italian sex appeal of the Bizzarini Strada, the old Hollywood glamour of the Chrysler Airflow to the futuristic lines of the Aston Martin Bulldog via Steve McQueen's Ford Mustang and James Dean's doomed Porsche Spyder, this will be social history as much as car worship.

The only book like it on the market, this is the evolution of cool, Top Gear-style; the definitive guide to the undisputed coolest cars on the planet.

Price: £16.25

Publication: 27 Sep 2012

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