2019 Auto Review programme

To be published through 2019 (eg: Q1 = First Quarter of 2019)

AR147 Made in Austria Q1 Published
AR148 Lamborghini Album Q1 Published
AR149 Mercedes-Benz Unimog Q2
AR150 Packard Album Q2
AR151 Ferrari Album part two : Ferrari competition cars   Q3
AR152 Leyland Trucks   Q3
AR153 Porsche Album part one Q3
AR154 Leyland Buses Q3
AR155 Panhard Album Q4
AR156 Porsche Album part two Q4


A look at some of the publications still to come in 2019

AR149 Mercedes-Benz: Part Three: Unimog & MB-Trac
ISBN 978-1-85482-148-8   •  £5.95
When we looked into the question of adding the history of Mercedes-Benz to the Auto Review series, it soon became apparent that there would be far too much for a single volume. We therefore decided to divide the story into four: Auto Review 143 covers Mercedes-Benz road cars and Auto Review 146 covers Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles. This publication, Auto Review 149 is devoted to the Unimog, and Auto Review 156 will describe Mercedes-Benz competition cars.

In this publication we look at the history of the Unimog, a unique all-terrain vehicle conceived in the closing months of the Second World War. Its designers, Albert Friedrich and Heinrich Rössler had the prototypes built by Eberhard & Söhne, who could not bring the vehicles to production, so Boehringer of Göppingen built the first few hundred examples. Boehringer could not expand production to keep up with demand, so Daimler-Benz took over the operation and moved it to their truck plant in Gaggenau. There it stayed for half a century before moving again, to Daimler’s Wörth complex. The story told here covers all the dozens of different vehicles in the Unimog family, including military, paramilitary, emergency, expedition and road-rail vehicles, as well as the more usual agricultural and industrial applications






AR150 Packard Album
ISBN 978-1-85482-149-5   •   £5.95

In its heyday a Packard was an esteemed luxury car built by hand to the highest standards, and it became one of the top three American car marques, in its early years as one of the three posh Ps (Peerless, Pierce-Arrow, Packard) and between the wars it ranked alongside Cadillac and Lincoln. In 1927 three times as many Packards were sold as Cadillacs; a Packard signified power and glamour. Buyers included US Presidents and the cream of American high society; Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt and the rest. Unfortunately a Packard was also the getaway car of choice for gangsters and murderers, which made the cars less attractive to high society. But then the marque was discovered by Hollywood, and a Packard was often seen with a movie star at the wheel. By the mid-1930s, the era of the big flash car was over, and Packard had to introduce medium-price cars. The company was struggling, but it was saved by wartime contracts for aero engines and marine engines. The Clipper, introduced just before the war, was revived in peacetime, but Packard went into a downward spiral postwar, then it amalgamated with Studebaker in 1954. This story is driven by a number of charismatic personalities; James Ward Packard of course, plus Henry Joy, Alvan Macauley, Jesse Vincent and others. Sadly, in its last years nothing could save Packard, and 1958 was the last time the famous badge was seen, just 60 years after the first Packard car was made.




AR151 Ferrari Album: Part Two: the racing cars
ISBN 978-1-85482-150-1   •   £5.95
 Auto Review has often managed to cover an entire marque history in one volume which at first sight seemed too big for a single publication. At other times the task has been too difficult, so if there is a logical division, we try to split a story over two or more volumes. That is the case here; Ferrari has been divided over two Albums, AR141 is devoted to road cars, and this publication, AR151 to competition cars. As any enthusiast can tell you, this is not a totally clean and clear division.
Yes, monoposto Formula cars fall on to one side, and luxury road cars on to the other. But many Ferrari Grand Touring road cars were produced in quantity to qualify for GT sports car races, and on the other hand, many Ferraris intended to be road-going sports cars were subsequently raced. This means that the line between road cars and competition cars is more blurred than we might like, so some car models feature in both Albums. We do not repeat here the story of Enzo Ferrari’s early days as a mule farrier in the Great War, or the changes of shareholding of his company in later years. All of this is described in AR141, including the story of Scuderia Ferrari, which raced Alfa Romeos between the wars. We take up Ferrari competition history after the Second World War; Enzo wanted to race cars in his own team, but he was a businessman who knew that, to finance his dream, he needed to sell cars to others. Enzo Ferrari had no formal engineering qualifications; his engineering degree was honorary, and, conservative by nature, he was sometimes slow to take up technological advances. He even regarded the study of aerodynamics as ‘only for those who could not muster enough horsepower’.
Since 1950 when the Formula One World Championship was established, Ferrari was the only team to compete in every season, though not always with great success.

2018 Releases

A look at the last two releases which complete the 2018 Programme

AR145 Delahaye-Delage-Hotchkiss series: Hotchkiss Album
ISBN 978-1-85482-144-0  £5.95
In the opinion of William Boddy, revered editor of Motor Sport, ‘the Hotchkiss company was one of those manufacturers who never made a bad car, or at least very few of them. Others who come into this enviable category are Lancia, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce’.
That is quite an accolade for a car manufacturer largely forgotten by most car enthusiasts in the 21st century. Hotchkiss started out in the 19th century as an arms manufacturer, making the fortune of its founder, Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss, through sales to the Union side in the US Civil War. He moved to France in time to sell munitions for use in the Franco-Prussian war, then he began to design revolving cannon and machine guns.  He was succeeded in charge at Hotchkiss in Paris by another American, Laurence Vincent Benét, with an Englishman, Charles Parsons, as company chairman. The company diversified into car production and Benét was succeeded by Henry Ainsworth, who brought another Englishman to Hotchkiss in the 1920s. Alfred Wilde was an accomplished car designer, responsible for the 1909 Standard Nine. Juste Milieu was the advertising slogan used by Hotchkiss. Loosely translated it means ‘A happy medium’. This understatement appears to be more British than French, and indeed, the whole company ethos was very British.

Hotchkiss produced fine cars, some sporting, others more luxurious, whilst still producing guns and tanks. In 1936 the armaments side of the business was nationalised, so Ainsworth expanded car production with a new advanced design by J A Grégoire. Hotchkiss took over another car firm, Amilcar, so the new car, built in the Hotchkiss factory, was badged as the Amilcar Compound. The postwar years were difficult for Hotchkiss, forced to make only large cars which were subject to punitive taxation in France. A merger with Delahaye, licence-building of Jeeps and Ferguson tractors, and expansion into the commercial vehicle market did not really solve the long-term problems at Hotchkiss. In 1954, therefore, Hotchkiss-Delahaye was taken over by Brandt, and car production ceased. Trucks, tractors and armoured vehicles remained in production until 1 January 1971, when Automobiles Hotchkiss closed down.





AR 146 Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles
ISBN 978-1-85482-145-3  £5.95
We therefore decided to divide the story into four, with the first one, Auto Review 143, covering Mercedes-Benz road cars, plus the cars made earlier by Benz and Daimler. This volume, Auto Review 146, covers Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles, Auto Review 149 is devoted to the Unimog and MB-Trac, and Auto Review 156 will describe Mercedes-Benz competition cars.

This second instalment has to cover a great deal of territory in itself. As well as lorries, buses, vans and pickups, we cover armoured fighting vehicles, off-road vehicles (including G-Class cars) and emergency vehicles. In general we have taken our usual course of setting out most of the story in chronological order, describing each model at its year of introduction, as far as possible. We apologise in advance if your favourite Mercedes-Benz bus, truck or van only gets a passing mention, or none at all; there is a lot of ground to cover here. Mercedes-Benz commercial vehcles are produced in many countries and there can hardly be any part of the modern world where they are not in use. This is a tribute to the founders of the two original companies in the 19th century, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler.














2018 Auto Review programme 

AR137 Delage Album Published
AR138 AEC Album part 2 after 1945 Published
AR139 American Motors Published
AR140 Foden Album Published
AR050a The Rootes Group series Humber Second edition Published
AR141 Ferrari Album Published
AR142 Jeep Album Published
AR143 Mercedes-Benz cars Q4 Published
AR144 Studebaker Album Q4 Published
AR145 Delahaye-Delage-Hotchkiss Published
AR146 Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles Published

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