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ABOUT 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 Details

ISBN: 9780747804963
ISBN-10: 0747804966
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 152mm x 3mm)
Pages: 40
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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