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"Immortal Austin Seven" tells the story of this most popular of pre-war cars in all its variations, from the earliest Chummy of the 1920s, through Sports, Military, Box and Ruby Saloons to the exquisite Twin Cam racers of the late 1930s.The Austin Seven was truly "Motoring for the Millions," and Herbert Austin's baby car has fascinated thousands of enthusiasts for almost a century, with the sheer variety of more than 300 distinct works or coach-built types in 17 years of production. The Austin Seven engine also powered aeroplanes, boats, tractors and motorcycles, and was put to many astonishing uses, all described in this book.There is also a section on the use of the Austin Seven post World War Two, and the car's competition role in trials, hill climbs and circuit racing, including the amazingly successful 750 Formula, which sparked off the careers of famous men like Colin Chapman, Eric Broadley, Arthur Mallock and Tony Southgate, and the craze of building sporting Austin Seven "Specials" which peaked in the 1950s.The book includes period, detail drawings and rarely seen photographs, and is a must for the Austin Seven or general motoring enthusiast.
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This is a proper enthusiast's study. Author David Morgan bought his first Seven more than 60 years ago and has been a foreword by former F1 racer and Lotus development engineer John Miles, also a lifelong fan. Morgan relates, in fascinating detail, the story of Britain's first people's car, the brainchild of pragmatic entrepreneur Herbert Austin and precocious 18-year-old designer Stanley Edge. Every variant is covered, including military, competition and overseas models. It's illustrated with a wealth of beautifully reproduced adverts and technical drawings. Lovely archive images also feature, including movie star Buster Keaton with his Bantam. Morgan charts the Seven's enduring appeal via the 750 Motor Club - where the likes of Chapman, Broadley and Murray cut their teeth - to the present day in VSCC trials. Outstanding. - Classic & Sports Car. Everything you could possibly want to know about the original Austin Seven, from its creation as a 'light car' through to its role in putting the UK and Europe on wheels. Photos of licence-built BMW Dixis been used substitute tanks in Nazi war games add a dark end to the well-known story too. Highly illuminating. - Classic Cars. Published by Veloce, and written by long time fan David Morgan, Immortal Austin Seven has to be one of the very best as it covers virtually everything, from the start to present day. Forwarded by ex-Lotus F1 driver John Miles, he says no other book captures the car as well as this one, and we agree - a must have. - Classic Motoring. David Morgan has bottled the essence of the Baby Austin in this new publication. The material covers a huge scope and treats the subject matter with both affection and honesty and shows us that just about anyone can aspire to ownership of these unlikely little charmers. The writing is unfussy and to the point. The book design is equally simple. Illustrations abound (both archival and up to the present day), and is you want to get comfortably behind the nuts and bolts and delve into the rudimentary mechanics, you'll be amply reward with numerous blueprints, line drawings and cutaway graphics. There are travelling tales too, and anecdotes about family ownership detailing the impact of Austin Sevens in the hands and lives of the converted. We like this publication and recommend it. - Sump. David Morgan has been on the Austin7 scene for about 60 years. His knowledge and contacts have been put to good use here, to tell the full story of the 7, from its concept until today's enthusiasts. Many books have been written about Herbert Austin's little car; I doubt, however, that any of them are as complete and interesting as this one! - New Zealand Classic Car. There is so much about this book to like, one notable feature being the 300 photographs; some are old and some are new, but each one is captioned and explained. I can highly recommend this book from Veloce Publishing. - Irish Vintage Scene. There is much to enjoy in this extensive history of the Seven, which covers not only the years it was in production but its post-war racing history and service as the basis of many a 'Special.' Perhaps the biggest joy to be had is in the variety of digressions and eclectic photographs that pepper this book's 230 pages. The book is handsomely produced, with very clear and readable text. - Octane. This superbly produced book by Veloce Publishing tells the full story of this iconic pre-war car. It covers all the variation from the earliest Chummy of the twenties through sports, military, Box and Ruby saloons, right up to the exquisite twin-cam racers of the thirties. This book also includes period detail drawings and many rarely seen photographs and is a must-have for all fans of the Austin Seven and Britain's motoring heritage. - tkc. Immortal Austin Seven provides a fascinating travel back in time and is a must-read for all British car enthusiasts. - Classic MG.