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British Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design - Book Review

The Story Behind Britain's Finest Cars

British Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design by Richard Heseltine and Michel Zumbrunn

text by Richard Heseltine
photos by Michel Zumbrunn

For a relatively small country, Great Britain is a giant when it comes to cranking out classic cars. British Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design — written by Richard Heseltine and featuring photographs by Michel Zumbrunn — begins with an overview of the history of British automaking since the 19th century. The following pages offer photo-intensive profiles of vehicles notable for their beauty and landmark designs, with some models spanning several pages laden with pictures. This photographic extravagance is a treat considering the splendor of the locomotive-esque Bentley 6 ½-litre/speed six, the retro-futuristic appeal of the 1929 Golden Arrow racer and the outlandish lines gracing the 1954 Jaguar D-Type. An added bonus is the insightful commentary accompanying each car. Unfortunately, for the book’s attempt to be an authoritative resource, it is biased towards vehicle models from the 1940-1960 era. Since a little more than fifty automobiles are profiled, it does not cover every year, for example, skipping from 1978 to 1986. Despite its gaps in coverage, British Auto Legends offers its readers an excellent impression of classic British automobiles.

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