Auto Review 2021 publishing programme

Here is a look ahead to the titles for 2021 many already completed and ready to be printed.

AR167 Cadillac and LaSalle  Available February 2021 – complete 
AR168 Voisin Album (and other cars made by aviators)  Available February 2021 – complete
AR169 Bristol buses and trucks  Available April 2021 – complete
AR170 Italian Specialists (Cisitalia,  Abarth,  Autobianchi,  Moretti,  Nardi, Giannini,  Siata,  Stanguellini,  Viotti,  & more)   Available April 2021 – complete
AR171 Thunderbird Album  Available June 2021 – in preparation
AR172 Mitsubishi Album  Available June 2021 – in preparation
AR173 Bus & Coach Album: 2  Available September 2021 – complete
AR174 French Postwar Specialists (Facel-Vega, Alpine, Gordini etc)  Available September 2021 – in preparation
AR175 Corvette Album  Available November 2021 – in preparation
AR176 Made in Belgium  Available November 2021 – in preparation

2020 Auto Review programme

Here is the schedule for 2020 with many already printed but there are still some interesting releases due in Q4.

AR157 International Album Available 

AR158 Opel Album Available

AR159 Mercedes-Benz competition cars Available

AR160 ERF Album Available

AR161 Isotta-Fraschini, plus Itala, Iso etc Available 

AR162 Lincoln and Continental  Available 

AR163 Austin-Morris-BMC commercials  Available

AR164 de Dion and other French ‘D’ marques  Available

AR165 British bus and coach builders  Available November 2020

AR166 Made in Switzerland  Available November 2020

AR168 Voisin Album Available late 2020

Stock of AR037 Land Rover is now at a low level and a revised version of this title is now being created this will be published as AR037A Land Rover. This is expected October 2020


Here is a taster of the final forthcoming titles of 2020:

AR037a Land Rover second edition 

The Land Rover celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008, the year in which the first edition of this Auto Review book was published. In the same year the marque found a new owner in Tata of India. The Land Rover was a workhorse which found a multitude of uses all over the world, and inspired affection in generations of owners and users.

Here we tell its story, plus those of its relatives and descendants, the Range Rover, the Discovery, Freelander, Evoque, Velar and the new Defender. Many other versions and derivations are also described here. This new and revised edition includes some text and illustrations updated to 2020.








AR165 Bus & Coach Album: 1 – Coachbuilders in England 

The Auto Review series includes many titles devoted to builders of buses; AEC, Bedford, Leyland and more. In this publication we look at firms whose principal work was to fit bus or coach bodies to chassis made by other firms, There have been many dozens, probably hundreds, of such UK companies, so we do not claim that this is a complete survey of all British coachbuilders. We have, however,  tried to include the more important or more interesting firms. The main factor for inclusion here is that bodywork was produced on a commercial basis for sale to someone else. Not included here (in most cases) are bodies made by companies which were primarily chassis manufacturers (Leyland, Dennis, Guy etc). They are described in the relevant Auto Review books (see the list inside the back cover). If, however, a chassis manufacturer such as Crossley frequently built bodies on chassis from other manufacturers, they are mentioned here. Mostly excluded are those firms which just built one or two bodies, or which only modified or refurbished old bus bodywork. With all our self-imposed exclusions and caveats we can only apologise if your favourite coachbuilder has been left out, or only has a cursory coverage. This is such a large subject that we have divided it over two volumes; in these pages we cover coachbuilders based in England.
In Auto Review 175 Bus & Coach Album: 2 we cover Scottish, Irish and Welsh coachbuilders, plus bus bodies produced by operators themselves, along with the major railway undertakings, and finally some coverage of those firms whose main purpose in life was to convert delivery vans or lorry chassis into minibuses or midibuses. 


AR166 Made in Switzerland

Few Swiss-made vehicles are known to enthusiasts in other countries, perhaps with the exception of the locally-built PTT post buses. Switzerland was fiercely independent, however, and often cut off from international markets due to its policy of neutrality in two world wars. This meant that there was demand for Swiss-made vehicles, which was served by many companies. In these pages we have the stories of the major Swiss bus and truck makers, Saurer, Berna and FBW, and car manufacturers which include Martini, Monteverdi and Sauber. Smaller firms produced exotica, such as Sbarro and Rinspeed, and there have been many top-class coachbuilders; Langenthal, Gangloff, Graber and others. In all, more than 75 Swiss marques are described in this publication.





.And here are details of the the first two titles for 2021


AR167 Cadillac Album and the story of LaSalle


Cadillac division of General Motors was the biggest producer of luxury cars in the USA, and held that position for a century. It was also one of the earliest US car marques, reconstructed in 1902 by Henry Leland from the Henry Ford Co, after Henry departed. The name came from the French founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, whose coat of arms formed the basis of the Cadillac crest. General Motors acquired the firm in 1909, retaining Henry Leland and his son Wilfred to run Cadillac. Their consistently high engineering standards and interchangeability of components enabled modern mass production techniques to evolve. The Lelands left in 1917 after a disagreement with Durant. Cadillac maintained its position as the top-selling American luxury car through the 1920s and 1930s, with V8, V12 and V16 models, and it gained a smaller brother, called LaSalle. After the Second World War, Cadillac re-established itself as the top US luxury car brand by volume, and began the road to excess which culminated in 1959 in a blizzard of chromework and towering fins. As styling subsided into a more sober and tasteful period in the 1960s and 1970s, Cadillac found itself under threat from imported luxury cars, and even from Ford’s resurgent Lincoln division. Some design mis-steps in the late 20th century saw Cadillac’s previously unassailable market position under threat, but a relaunch in the 21st century would mean a rebuilding of the quality image characterised by the Cadillac brand.



AR168 Voisin Album

For some years we have wanted to tell the story of Gabriel Voisin in Auto Review. A famous pioneer aviator (along with his brother Charles, who died young), Gabriel turned to car manufacture after the Great War, when contracts for aircraft came to an end. With Noel Noel, a friend from his days as a student of architecture, he designed stylish Art Deco Voisin cars, and the pair shared amorous adventures with Parisian ladies. Gabriel’s profligate spending and lack of business acumen meant that he lost control of his company, then regained it, before the Second World war brought an end to the luxury car market. After the War Gabriel produced the spartan Biscooter, which found a home in the car-starved Spanish market. Voisin was not the only aviator to change direction and go on to produce cars, and others are described in these pages. Some, like Voisin, were forced to find other activities for their workforce after the 1918 Armistice, such as Blériot, Farman, Rumpler, Avro and Gloster. Others switched to wheeled vehicles after (or during) the Second World War, such as Saab, Bréguet, Piaggio and Caproni. German aircraft firms were in a particularly difficult situation; Heinkel, Dornier and Messerschmitt all produced microcars. In the USA things were different; well-known names like Curtiss and Beech tried car manufacture with little success. Bill Stout designed aircraft, the most famous of which was the Ford Tri-Motor, before turning to futuristic car designs in the 1930s. The most recent aviation company to move into car production was Matra, famed for its competition cars and later for the Renault Espace. All of these stories are told here, and more…

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