Proprietary Engines for Vehicles
By (author) Nick Baldwin
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Proprietary Engines for Vehicles by Nick Baldwin
Book DescriptionABOUT THE BOOKFamous vehicle firms like Kenworth, Railton, Jensen, ERF, Morgan and Peterbilt have never made their own engines. Instead they have relied on outside specialists. Since the dawn of motoring firms like de Dion-Bouton and Aster have provided power for other manufacturers chassis. Until the numbers of car makers were decimated by takeovers and bankruptcies around 1930 up to half of all the hundreds of models available on both sides of the Atlantic had proprietary engines. However, they were seldom amongst the best sellers and afterwards it was diesels for commercial vehicles and niche market cars that kept the engine specialists going. From the 1950s on the new breed of limited production sports cars like TVR and Marcos used other makers engines, by then usually from mass-produced cars such as Ford. Thereafter, the few remaining proprietary engine makers tended to cater for the upsurge in diesel vehicles. The stories behind these continuous developments in the motor industry make fascinating reading, whilst the illustrations confirm Dorman s famous slogan: The heart of the car is its engine . ABOUT THE AUTHORNick Baldwin has been writing about transport history for over thirty years and has long been intrigued by the largely unsung proprietary engine specialists. His A Z of Cars of the 1920s for Bayview Books revealed hundreds of models powered by little-known engines. He has also owned several vehicles with proprietary engines including a Dorman-powered Caledon lorry, a Meadows-powered Garner bus and a Beardmore road tractor, and currently a Perkins diesel-powered Scammell Scarab brewery vehicle. Other titles for Shire by this author are: Four-wheel Drive and Landrover The Wolseley"
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747804963
(210mm x 152mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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From lumbering house-shakers on solid tyres to smooth turbo-power in the 1970s, the lorry has come a very long way in a remarkably short time. This book traces the developments that created the modern truck in the 1960s and 1970s - tilt cabs, clever transmission technology and turbo power, and the transcontinental journeys they travelled.
Tractors, Paperback (February 2010)
Steam, and then cumbersome motor, tractors existed in small numbers before 1914. The rivals of Ford brought in novelties such as diesel engines, pneumatic tyres, and hydraulic implement lifts. After the Second World-War, an indigenous tractor industry was led by Ferguson, David Brown, Nuffield and Ford. This book highlights these developments.
Old Delivery Vans, Paperback (January 1987)» View all books by Nick Baldwin
Exploring the development of old delivery vans, this title discusses the improvements and fashions up to the 1960s, including the advances in locomotion from steam to petrol, electricity and diesel. Looking at the Ford Model T, it provides a comprehensive and illustrated introduction to the history and design of classic delivery vans.
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