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The British Motor Industry

by Jonathan Wood

Part of the Shire Library Series

The British Motor Industry Synopsis

Austin, Hillman, Morris, Standard and Wolseley were a handful of the myriad marques that once constituted Britain's indigenous motor industry. Born in 1896 into the high summer of Victorian prosperity, the native British industry survived until the collapse of The Rover Group in 2005. Jonathan Wood chronicles its 109-year life, from its production of hand-made bespoke automobiles for the fortunate few to the arrival of mass production to provide cars for the many. He looks at the factories and the people who worked in them, and examines the role played by the component manufacturers that serviced the industry. Wood offers explanations as to why motor manufacturing followed the British motorcycle, bicycle and cotton industries into oblivion.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747807681
Publication date: 26th April 2010
Author: Jonathan Wood
Publisher: Shire Publications an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 56 pages
Categories: Motor cars: general interest, Industrialisation & industrial history, Road vehicle manufacturing industry,

About Jonathan Wood

Award-winning author Jonathan Wood's Wheels of Misfortune: The Rise and Fall of the British Motor Industry, (1988) received accolades in both Britain and America. In 2006 he presented the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture on Sir Alec Issigonis, creator of the Morris Minor and the Mini. He is the author of over 35 books, including several past titles for Shire.

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