Minimal Motoring

A History from Cyclecar to Microcar

Author: David Thirlby

Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780752423678

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

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In this book, David Thirlby tells the story of the cyclecar and microcar from the dawn of motoring to the present day Smart car.

Bubblecars and Microcars

Author: Malcolm Bobbitt

Publisher: Crowood Press (UK)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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The microcar, in some form, has always been an answer for the motorist with a lack of space and/or money. But although the microcar has its origins in the early years of the twentieth century, its golden era was the 1950s and 60s - the Age of the Bubblecar!In this fascinating book Malcolm Bobbitt traces the history of minimal motoring, from the forecars and cyclecars of the 1920s and 30s, through the bubblecar era, to microcars of our own time, including the fashionable MCC Smart.

Essential MG

Author: Graham Robson

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 0760320039

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

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Essential MG tells the full story of this well loved sports car from its early days, covering developments in style, increases in power, and its history in racing and speed trials. The first MG cars were produced in Oxford, England, in 1924. The car was instantly appealing, with a cheekiness of spirit that would characterize the marque all of its life, winning the hearts of millions around the globe, not least in the United States. The price was as attractive as the styling and the performance. It was cheap and it was fun, quintessential MG traits.

Fiat & Abarth 500 & 600

Author: Malcolm Bobbitt

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1845849981

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

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Available again after a long absence! Always big on character and charm, Fiat’s little cars played an important international roll in providing affordable and practical private transport for millions who had previously thought their dream impossible. With particular emphasis on the now classic 600 and Nuova 500 cars, this book tells the full story of these ‘baby’ Fiats. Built, and exported to, many countries outside of the marque’s native Italy, over 6.5 million Topolinos, 600s and Nuova 500s were sold, and an amazing number survive to this today. Also covered are the wonderful models built on these cars’ tiny chassis by Italy’s leading coachbuilders, and the motorsport success achieved by the Abarth versions of the little cars that everybody loves.

The Car Show

Author: Nicolae Sfetcu

Publisher: Nicolae Sfetcu

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 944

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This e-book details the most interesting and important characteristics of the automobiles, car maintenance, styling features, car body style, the standard classification of the cars, an history of the automobiles, introduction in the automotive industry, and the traffic code, rules and signs. An automobile, usually called a car (an old word for carriage) or a truck, is a wheeled vehicle that carries its own engine. Older terms include horseless carriage and motor car, with “motor” referring to what is now usually called the engine. It has seats for the driver and, almost without exception, for at least one passenger. The automobile was hailed as an environmental improvement over horses when it was first introduced. Before its introduction, in New York City, over 10,000 tons of manure had to be removed from the streets daily. However, in 2006 the automobile is one of the primary sources of worldwide air pollution and cause of substantial noise and health effects.

the little book of microcars

Author: Adam Quellin

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1845848942

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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After the Second World War Europe was in economic crisis and manufacturing lay in ruins. Materials were in short supply, and factories were forbidden from building aircraft. There was a need for cheap, economical transport, but acquiring a new car was difficult, and secondhand cars were not as readily available as they are today. By the 1950s, a myriad of economy cars had appeared on the market to fill this vacuum. Former aircraft companies – and even a refrigerator manufacturer – turned their hand to producing tiny cars that were often quirky and eccentric. Many of these little cars earned the nickname ‘bubblecars' due to their bulbous shape. The 1960s brought with it new levels of affluence, and these microcars almost faded from view. But today, they are enjoying a resurgence of popularity, with many becoming highly-prized collectors items. Increased traffic levels and fuel prices, and a greater awareness of environmental issues, have also created demand for a new generation of microcars, and car makers have responded accordingly with exciting new designs. Illustrated with over 70 colour photographs, this book celebrates the best of these weird and wonderful motoring marvels.

Three Wheelers

Author: Malcolm Bobbitt

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1903706815

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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Three-wheelers have played an intrinsic part in the history of the motor vehicle. From Aero Morgans to the Coventry Victor, BSA and Reliant, three-wheelers had their place in motor sport as well as providing essential transport for thousands of families. A nostalgic look back at the fascinating and often weird world of the three-wheeled car. Packed with around 150 wonderfully evocative photos of three-wheeled cars from all over Europe. Concise text chronicles the ups and downs of the popularity of three-wheelers since 1900. Models covered: Walton, 1902-6; Morgan, 1909-39; AC 1910-4; BSA, 1930-6; Coventry-Victor, 1928-38; Raleigh Safety Seven, 1933-6; Bond, 1949-70; Fuldamobil, 1951-69; Reliant 1951-date; AC Petite, 1953-58; Messerschmitt, 1953-64; Isetta, 1953-62; Gordon, 1954-68; Velorex, 1954-71; Berkeley, 1957-60; Heinkel/Trojan, 1957-65; Coronet, 1957-60; Scootacar, 1958-65; Peel, 1962-6; Bond 875, 1965-70; Bond Bug, 1970-74; Bamby, 1983-4; Piaggio, 1990-date; Lomax, 1983-date; Blackjack, approx 1998-date.

Hill Country Backroads

Showing the Way in Comal County

Author: Laurie E. Jasinski

Publisher: TCU Press

ISBN: 9780875652399

Category: History

Page: 199

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This book tells an interesting story of the early backroads and scenic destinations, of drivers' struggles, and traveling troubles.

Citroen DS

Design Icon

Author: Malcolm Bobbit

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1904788300

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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The most radical of Citroen's idiosyncratic offerings, the DS was sensational when it was introduced in 1955. Twenty years and 1.45 million cars later it was still technically advanced to most other cars. Revolutionary in driving characteristics and comfort, it remains one of the most innovative cars of all time.

Fifty Cars that Changed the World

Design Museum Fifty

Author: Design Museum Enterprise Limited

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1840915854

Category: Transportation

Page: 112

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Everything around us is designed and the word 'design' has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Cars That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 cars that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the1908 Ford Model T to the 1998 smart car, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status to give them a special place in design history.