There are some excellent publications here, so why not treat yourself and have a nostalgic read in your favourite armchair - or wherever else takes your fancy!
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Cars were changing dramatically in the 80s with fuel injection, turbochargers, computer-controlled systems and four-wheel drive taking the world by storm. In this fascinating book by award-winning writer Giles Chapman, you can relive everything car-related in the British Isles during the 1980s.
The award-winning writer, Giles Chapman, gives us 160 pages of fascinating info on the cars that once graced the roads of Britain. Includes the Ford Capri, Renault 5, Reliant Robin and many, many more.
Top Gear: 100 Fastest Cars
No less than 650 cars are featured in this great value book by Martin Lewis, including illustrations and comprehensive details of each car in alphabetical order. An informative read and this would make an excellent gift for any car fanatic.
Despite its simple title, this is an in-depth read from Dorling-Kindersley featuring 360 stylish pages. Over 2000 cars are covered and just about every type imaginable is included - there are even steam-driven cars! This is an impressive, high quality publication.
This is a little gem! Containing 160 pages (with beautiful photography) that celebrate our love affair with the car. The authors passion for cars really shines through here, and It's nice to read a book that isn't aimed solely at petrol heads, and includes wonderful stories from owners who are truly in love with their vehicles. A great read!
Featuring 288 pages of fifty British cars that are regarded as being significant by the author, from 1907 to the present day. All the greats are here such as Aston Martin, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce, and there are superb photos by the award-winning photographer Michael Zumbrunn. These are certainly cars to drool over, but if you are looking for lots of technical details then look elsewhere.
Fifty Cars That Changed The World
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This highly-rated book by Design Museum Enterprise Limited celebrates the most iconic cars that have had a real impact on British design. It's a quirky read that focuses more on imagery than in-depth reading, but is certainly not another run-of-the-mill car book. One nice touch is that the book itself has a nice, retro design that looks like it was printed in the 60s.
The Capri was a 70s car that you either loved or hated. This temperamental beast gave boy racers the chance to realise their dreams without breaking the bank. This 128 page book from the award-winning writer Giles Chapman features lots of interesting facts and plenty of nice photos, too.
This is an entertaining read that includes over 200 pages of the strangest cars ever made. This is a fascinating collection and a must-have gift for any petrol head!
Okay, so this isn't the most in-depth car book around, but in its 128 pages you will find fifty of the most pathetic cars ever made inc. Austin Allegro, Yugo 45, Rover 800, Talbot Tagora, Skoda Estelle to name but a few.
It's certainly a hilarious read, and a wonderful gift idea that is sure to bring a smile to a Dad or Grandad's face, at least. Good fun!