Now the days of tinkering are over once again, it is time to get behind the wheel and take a drive to a nice quite place to enjoy the weather and a cold refreshment. It’s time to get the cherished automobiles out again. There will be galliving a plenty, it is time to enjoy the effort of our work. Just the right time to enjoy some well written and informative automotive publishing. CineCars took a ferry to ‘good old Blighty’ and submerged itself in the world of three wheelers and quirky sports cars.
The first, three wheeled Morgan is first shown to the public at the Olympia motorcycle fair in November of the year 1910; it’s the Morgan Runabout. The Runabout has a very straight forward construction, sporting a small 1 cilinder 4hp engine. It would only be the beginning of a long history for the Morgan Three-Wheeler. This book describes the development of the Three-Wheeler as a sports car and as its counterpart, the Standard Popular, built to get from A to B as fast and cheap as possible. Loads of black and white photography and original drawings of cars and engines give a good impression of the Three-Wheelers 43 years life span. (English, 192 pages, edition 2012, hard cover).
What is it, with the British and their hang for just three wheels? Reliant has been producing three wheelers for decades. Commonly mocked for their quirky drive they do have a certain appeal. Unlike most, more sporty three wheelers, the Reliant has its mono wheel at the front, which doesn’t help stability to say the least. Despite this legendary flaw, Reliants products are renowned for their steady following.
Reliant Three-Wheelers, the complete story.
Reliant introduces its first cheap means of transport in 1935. A small utility vehicle based on motor cycle technique with only one front wheel. The driver has some shelter against the elements and the packages can be delivered to the customers nice and dry. After the second world war the introduction of the Reliant Regal 4-seater Coupé is their big break through. What’s in a name, since the body style is that of a convertible. It’s the beginning of a long career. The three wheeled concoction is developed into a small family saloon. Even a van version of the little plastic three wheeler is being introduced and built. The Reliant 3-Wheeler becomes famous as the Reliant Robin and later on the Reliant Rialto. Black and white photography mark the early years, but soon the book gets alive with many colourful and lucid illustrations. Add the many impressions of vintage prospectus’ and add’s and the picture is complete. (English, 176 pages, edition 2014, hard cover).
In the early sixties, Lotus, up until then known for the Seven and other fast and light little sports cars, introduces the Elan. The Lotus Elan, small, light but most of all fast, is entirely based on Colin Chapmans experiences on the racing tracks.
Lotus Elan the complete story.
This book brings a nice and very complete impression of the birth of the first Elan, the type 26, up to the Elan M100 from the nineties. Lot’s of attention for the beautiful engineering, like the genious chassis and the famous twin cam engine. The many colour pictures and clear tables on all the tech details make this publication a joy to read. (English, 174 pages, edition 2013, hard cover).
After the succes of the Elan, Lotus embarked on a market for more prestigious, larger sports cars in the early seventies. In come the Elite, Eclat and Excel.
Lotus Elite, Eclat and Excel An Enthousiast Guide.
This Enthousiast Guide brings a fine spread of the Lotuses introduced during the seventies and eighties. Detailed colour photography brings out the best of the different models. Add some valuable information on how to run and care for one of these fine cars and you’ll find this a very interesting little publication. (English, 144 pages, edition 2016, soft cover).
One more typical British car manufacturer is TVR. Founded by Trevor (TVR) Wilkinson just after the second world war, it knows a turbulent history to say the least. Food for hefty piles of reference works on the subject.
TVR cars of the Peter Wheeler Era.
Although many books have been written about TVR, this book still starts with a short introduction to the Trevor Wilkinson era (1946-1962), the Lilley-years (1965-1981), before it gets to the point. The Tasmin being the first new model under the new, now third owner. Through the years the cars was developed further, always sporting a beefy V8 engine underneath the bonnet. After that TVR goes on bringing us legendary cars like the S-series, the Griffith, the Chimaera, the Cerebra, the Tuscan, the Tamora and the Sagaris. All of these are being extensively covered in this publication. TVR’s racing pedigree hasn’t been left out and even prototypes and one-offs do not stay unmentioned. (English, 208 pages, edition 2015, hard cover).
Enjoy your reading, soak in some spring sun and expect us to be back with some nice books on convertibles next time.
Frank de Veer
translation: Marc GF Zaan