We are pleased to announce our 2022 programme. As you will see many titles are completed and await printing, whilst others are still works in progress. Further down this page you will find details of the first two publications due out early next year.
Auto Review 2022 publishing programme:
We have decided to revise the 2022 programme to include two more titles as progress on these has been faster as a result of lockdown. These will be a release of two titles every other month – February, April, June, August, October, December.
AR177 Mobile sales vehicles Completed
AR178 Buick Album Completed
AR179 British racing cars 1945 to 1969 Completed
AR180 Subaru and Fuji Completed
AR181 American Classic #1 (11 makes: Mercer, Stutz, Marmon, Jordan, Ruxton, Kissel, Hupmobile, Moon, Locomobile, Gardner, Simplex) Completed
AR182 Shelvoke & other municipals Completed
AR183 Dodge Album Completed
AR184 MINI Album (the 20th anniversary of the new Mini in 2022) in preparation
AR185 Hanomag Album (plus Henschel and Tempo) Completed
AR186 The other US Postwar cars (Checker, Tucker, Muntz and much more) in preparation
AR187 Berliet Album (including Alco and Rochet-Schneider, but not Saviem) in preparation
AR188 Mercury Album (including Edsel and Cougar) in preparation
You can see the full range of Auto Review books available here at www.zeteo.com
You can also order any books via the website (payments by PayPal), or you can order from one of our stockists, which include Oxford Die-cast, motor book specialists Chaters, or transport book specialists MDS Books. Readers in the USA can order via our long-standing supporter Pete’s Model Garage in Lakeville, Massachusetts, and we hope to soon have another stockist, The Olde Milford Press in Milford, Connecticut. If you have a favourite bookshop or specialist book dealer, ask them to contact us for trade terms.
Auto Review 177 Mobiles – Mobile sales and service vehicles
For many centuries goods or services have been taken to the customer on handcarts, horse-drawn, or motor vehicles. In this publication we give an historical context to mobile sales, from hawkers and pedlars to modern ‘mobiles’. The advent of the motor vehicle meant that more entrepreneurs could take their offerings to more customers, rather than waiting for buyers to come to them. Ice cream vans were probably the most frequently seen and most popular mobile sales vehicles. The mobile canteen has also always been a welcome sight, from wartime bomb sites to modern movie locations. Traders could have a ready-equipped mobile sales vehicle or shop, rather than needing to set up a stall at every new venue. Scattered rural communities or newly-built housing estates without nearby shops were well-served by mobile grocers, butchers and the like. At large outdoor events you might see fast food vans, mobile bars, and in the days before credit cards, there were mobile banks as well. In these pages you will also see mobile libraries, churches and cinemas. The services offered from a mobile base have ranged from knife sharpeners to hairdressers. The broad principle for this publication is to include mobile sales or service opportunities where the customer or service user is not usually known in advance. Not included therefore, mostly, are ‘delivery’ vehicles such as milk floats, which mostly take pre-ordered items to customers. Many milk floats are described in Auto Review 042, along with other battery-electric vehicles.
Auto Review 178 Buick Album
A Buick was regarded as staid but solid, not a cheap car, but not too expensive either. Traditionally its image was favoured by doctors; it was well-appointed and stylish, not flashy, but dependable; and more affordable than the top prestige brands. There were occasional forays into more unusual cars; exciting coupes or’personal’ cars, but they all maintained the high engineering standards and quality finish which buyers expected from a Buick. From the early days Buicks had overhead valve engines, more advanced than many supposedly superior marques. David Buick was a Scottish-born bath tub manufacturer who switched to making cars at the turn of the 20th century. Within a few years he had been squeezed out by Billy Durant, who made Buick the cornerstone of his new General Motors grouping before he in turn was ousted. Durant returned to take control of GM, where Buick would be the longest-serving of the various brands made by the group, eventually outliving some other well-known names. Many famous people in the American car industry served their time at Buick, and left their mark, including Charles Nash and Walter Chrysler. As General Motors thinned out their portfolio of brands in the 21st century, the ‘dull’ Buick often seemed to be under threat. But it always produced a profit, which in later years was supported by its Chinese operation. So although the Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn and Hummer brands were discarded, Buick survived. This is a 120-year story of success, except for the founder. David Buick was an inveterate tinkerer but a poor businessman, and he died in virtual poverty in 1929.
In this publication we look at British-built racing cars from 1945 to 1969. By ‘racing cars’ we mean single-seat open-wheel racers mainly designed to compete in Formula 1 or F2, F3, Formula Junior etc. There are a few exceptions; some early postwar racing cars had two seats, so they could be fitted with mudguards and lights to compete in sports car events. And not every Grand Prix car had exposed wheels; Connaught and Vanwall had streamlined racing cars with the wheels enclosed.
The late 1930 scene had been dominated by Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union, supported by German government funds. There was no competition from British firms; no major manufacturer designed a GP car, or fielded a team. ERA flew the flag for Britain, but only in the Voiturette class for smaller-engined cars. The British public had little interest in motor racing in the prewar years, but when Raymond Mays tried to drum up postwar support for the BRM project, there was an upsurge of patriotic enthusiasm. For most of the period covered by this publication only BRM and Ferrari built their own engines. In the immediate postwar era British contenders used engines by Alta, Bristol and others, until the Coventry-Climax ex-fire pump engine powered successful cars in the 1960s. It is remarkable now to recall how many private entrants in F1 in the freewheeling 1950s and 1960s drove their own cars in Grands Prix. Guy Ligier, Bob Anderson or Joachim Bonnier could buy a car from Brabham or Cooper, employ a mechanic or two for support, and turn up for the race. But those days were ending, as cars became more complex, regulations tightened, and everything was just too expensive. A new era began in 1968 with the Ford Cosworth DFV engine, which enabled teams to be competitive at a lower cost, but most of those cars would be constructed to comply with the 1970 F1 regulations, and our coverage here stops at 1969.
This was the end of an era for so many; Cooper stopped making cars in 1969, and BRM went through a total reorganisation in that year.
Bruce Mclaren was killed in 1970 while testing, Jack Brabham retired from racing and Rob Walker also shut down his racing team that year.
Chikuhei Nakajima was an engineer officer with the Japanese Navy who became interested in aviation and set up as an aircraft manufacturer in the 1920s. His company became the second biggest supplier of warplanes in Japan during the Second World War. After the war aircraft production was forbidden, and the company was dissolved. The remaining entity was renamed Fuji Sangyo, which produced Rabbit scooters, followed by the Subaru 360 Kei-car in 1958 and the Sambar light commercial vehicle in 1961. Encouraged by their US distributor, Subaru made ‘proper’ cars from 1966 with the Subaru 1000 four-door saloon, the first mass-produced Japanese front-wheel drive car. Subaru became known for its horizontally-opposed engines and four-wheel drive, which brought rally success and subsequent good publicity for the company. Successive models using this world-beating formula included the Leone, Legacy, Impreza, Justy, Outback and Forester. Subaru continued to produce ranges of small Kei-cars for Japanese buyers alongside the larger cars which sold so well in export markets. The parent Fuji company also produced aircraft, buses and scooters in the postwar years.
Here we tell the story of Subaru as it entered its second century in existence.
As the Auto Review series works it way through the many American car brands produced by the various groups, some important makes are left as ‘orphans’. The main US car-making groups were General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and American Motors, along with smaller groupings already covered by Auto Review including Studebaker-Packard, Cord Corporation and Kaiser-Frazer. Other attempts to create car-building conglomerates along GM lines included Hare’s Motors, Durant Motors and New Era Motors. Described in these pages are 11 classic US car marques; Mercer, Stutz, Marmon, Jordan, Ruxton, Kissel, Moon, Hupmobile, Locomobile, Crane-Simplex and Gardner. Many of these classic US marques fell under the control of one or other of those rickety organisations, and failed in the process.
Other companies were vulnerable to speculators like Allan Ryan, seeking to asset-strip firms whose saleable assets were worth more than their stock market valuation. Some car manufacturers, however, managed to stay independent to the end. There are so many other ‘American Classic’ marques still to cover that we will revisit this topic in a future Auto Review publication.
Auto Review 182 Shelvoke Album and other municipals
Here we have the story of Shelvoke & Drewry (S&D), a company which found a profitable niche in the commercial vehicle market. This was due initially to the inventive genius of its co-founder James Drewry, who designed the Freighter commercial vehicle, which found favour for municipal bodywork, where S&D became a market leader. We also look at the two firms with which James was associated before he went into partnership with Harry Shelvoke. These two predecessor companies were Drewry and Lacre. In addition, we also take the opportunity to look at some other companies involved with municipal vehicles; our coverage is by no means exhaustive, and could never be, in our modest number of pages. These vehicle types, by various manufacturers, include Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs), trade waste disposal vehicles (aka dustcarts), road sweeper-sprinklers (aka water carts) and gully cleaners, as well as the similar cesspit emptiers.
Auto Review 2021 publishing programme
Here is a look at our titles for 2021 – all are now available.
AR167 Cadillac and LaSalle Available
AR168 Voisin Album (and other cars made by aviators) Available
AR169 Bristol buses and trucks Available
AR170 Italian Specialists (Cisitalia, Abarth, Autobianchi, Moretti, Nardi, Giannini, Siata, Stanguellini, Viotti, & more) Available
AR171 Thunderbird Album Available
AR172 Mitsubishi Album Available
AR173 Bus & Coach Album: 2 Available
AR174 French Postwar Specialists (Facel-Vega, Alpine, Gordini etc) Available
AR175 Corvette Album Available
AR176 Made in Belgium Available
If you are interested in buying anything, please contact us using the ‘contact’ button. We will reply to your contact to advise on availability and means of payment.