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Cars: books - cars from the Fourties and Fifties

A book on passenger cars? Here are illustrated car books on the history, makes and manufacturers of personencars from the 1940s and 50s.

Lost Cars of the 1940s and '50s

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Presenting sixty distinct automobiles, each accompanied by a compelling narrative, diverse specifications, and a shared characteristic: they exist as overlooked, disregarded, or misunderstood classics.
The 1940s and 1950s witnessed a transformation in the realm of motoring, transitioning from the post-war period of austerity to the prosperity of the 'you've never had it so good' era.

During this time, engines experienced significant power enhancements, suspensions provided enhanced comfort, traditional chassis frames became obsolete, and design aesthetics drew inspiration from jet fighters and subsequently, space rockets. While several cars achieved global acclaim, a multitude remained obscure, fading into obscurity almost as quickly as they emerged.

In 'Lost Cars of the 1940s and '50s,' Giles Chapman, an acclaimed author, unveils a fresh collection of these enigmatic automotive curiosities. This book reintroduces rarely-seen archival and contemporary imagery, reviving audacious designs, economical models, and the realm of extraordinary luxury vehicles - providing a second chance for these machines to capture our collective imagination, even if their initial spark faltered.

Author:Giles Chapman
Specs:160 pages, 21 x 21.5 cm / 8.25 x 8.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:The History Press Ltd (GB, 2023)
EAN:9780750999458
Book: Lost Cars of the 1940s and '50s

Lost Cars of the 1940s and '50s

Language: English

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Voitures françaises 1945-1950

Redécouvrez les véhicules français les plus emblématiques qui ont sillonné les routes de notre enfance. DS Citröen, Simca Aronde, 4 CV Renault, Peugeot 203 (et tant d'autres), aucune ne manque à l'appel.
L'auteur relate ici l'histoire de tous ces véhicules qui ont bercé notre enfance : que d'aventures vécues dans les autos de nos parents, lorsque nous voyagions sur la banquette arrière, pour aller à l'école ou pour partir en vacances. Souvenez-vous, c'était il n'y a pas si longtemps...

Cette collection de livres retrace avec précision la carrière de tous ces modèles mythiques, marque par marque, chaque tome traitant une période de cinq ans.
1945-1950 : La reconstruction dans une France dévastée par la guerre, le difficile redémarrage d'une industrie en pleine mutation, qui concentre tous ses efforts sur la production de modèles économiques et bon marché, pénurie oblige...

Author:Xavier Chauvin
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 19 cm / 9.8 x 7.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:50 b&w and 100 colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2007)
EAN:9782726887219
Book: Voitures françaises 1945-1950

Voitures françaises 1945-1950

Language: French

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Ces belles voitures dont a rêvé mon père

Les années 1950-1960 ont été l'âge d'or de l'automobile. Elles ont permis la démocratisation de ce mode de transport à travers des voitures populaires accessibles à un plus grand nombre.
Acheter une voiture dans les années 1950 et même encore aux débuts des années 1960 était un chemin de croix à cause des délais de livraison très longs et du crédit à la consommation balbutiant. Acquérir un véhicule étranger avant l'ouverture du marché commun était bien pire encore !

Hier comme aujourd'hui, certains faisaient davantage rêver que d'autres. Mais à cause de leur prix plus élevé, leur marginalité, leur origine, leur fiscalité, il restait des voitures de rêve. Si le conducteur des années 1950-1960 roulait en 4 CV ou Simca 1000, il rêvait de modèles plus emblématiques, plus sportifs, plus bourgeois, plus élitistes et surtout plus émotionnels.

À travers "Les voitures dont mon père a toujours rêvé" nous vous invitons à prendre le volant de ces voitures des années 1950 et 1960 plus passionnelles, qui ont tant fait rêver nos pères et nos grands-pères. À travers les 192 pages de ce livre, écoutez le bruissement des huit-cylindres de la Vedette ou de la Chambord, l'épais ronflement d'une Traction 15-Six, le râle grave de l'Alfa Romeo Giulia, le grondement d'un flat-twin Panhard gonflé, le martellement tranquille d'un coupé VW Karmann-Ghia, le miaulement d'une DKW deux temps, le feulement d'une Chevrolet Corvair.

Author:Xavier de Nombel, Patrice Verges
Specs:224 pages, 29 x 24 cm / 11.4 x 9 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 colour photographs
Publisher:ETAI (F, 2010)
EAN:9782726889954
Book: Ces belles voitures dont a rêvé mon père

Ces belles voitures dont a rêvé mon père

Language: French

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A-Z of Cars 1945-1970 (Classic and Sports Car Magazine)

From Abarth to Zaporozhets, this is the illustrated encyclopaedia of every make of British and European car sold in Britain from the end of the Second World War to 1970. More than 1000 models were on sale in Britain in the period, and every one of them is described and illustrated, while brief histories of their makes provide background.

Firmly established as the most comprehensive illustrated reference works available on the subject, the books in the Classic and Sports Car A-Z series provide unique individual coverage and analysis of every make and model of car sold in Britain, with:
- Photographs of all models
- Production dates and numbers
- Specifications and body types
- Descriptions and recognition features
- Historical notes on all makes.

Author:Michael Sedgwick, Mark Gillies
Specs:232 pages, 26 x 19 x 1.7 cm / 10.25 x 7.5 x 0.67 in, paperback
Illustrations:1000 b&w photographs
Publisher:Herridge & Sons Ltd (GB, 2010)
EAN:9781906133269
Book: A-Z of Cars 1945-1970 (Classic and Sports Car Magazine)

A-Z of Cars 1945-1970 (Classic and Sports Car Magazine)

Language: English

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American Cars, 1946-1959 - Every Model, Year by Year

From the resumption of automobile production at the close of World War II through the 1950s, the American auto industry would see the births and deaths of several manufacturers, great technological advances, and an era of dramatic styling as a prospering nation asserted its growing mobility. Cars of this period are among the most iconic vehicles ever built in the United States: the 1949 Ford, the remarkable Studebaker designs of 1950 and 1953, the 1955-1957 Chevrolets, the "Forward Look" Chrysler products, the ill-fated Edsel and many others.

This comprehensive reference book details every model from each of the major manufacturers (including independents such as Kaiser-Frazer and Crosley but excluding very low-volume marques such as Tucker) from model years 1946 through 1959. Year by year, it provides an overview of the industry and market, followed by an individual report on each company: its main news for the year (introductions or cancellations of models, new engines and transmissions, advertising themes, sales trends etc.); its production figures and market status; and its powertrain offerings, paint colors and major options. The company's models are then detailed individually with such information as body styles, prices, dimensions and weights, standard equipment and production figures. Nearly 1,000 photographs are included.

Author:J."Kelly" Flory
Specs:1047 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 6.8 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 2.68 in, hardback
Illustrations:948 b&w photographs
Publisher:McFarland & Co Inc (USA, 2008)
EAN:9780786432295
Book: American Cars, 1946-1959 - Every Model, Year by Year

American Cars, 1946-1959 - Every Model, Year by Year

Language: English

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