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Cars of Eastern Europe: The Definitive History [Hardcover]

Andy Thompson
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3 Feb 2011
From 1945 to 1990 car engineers and designers behind the Iron Curtain worked not to the whims and fancies of motorists but to the plans and diktats of government bureaucrats. "Cars of Eastern Europe" tells the story of the cars and vans made in Latvia, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and East Germany. In a region that stretches from the Black Sea to the Baltic, the vehicles were as varied as the nations themselves. Now that eastern Europe has come in from the cold, this book offers a unique and timely survey of the motor industry in this often overlooked part of the continent.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844259919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844259915
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andy Thompson has had a lifetime interest in cars and vans, having owned over 70 vehicles himself and being particularly interested in lesser known or forgotten marques and brands. Once a Radio Caroline disc jockey, he now works as a housing manager for local authorities and housing associations.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Skoda reading 26 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
A Brilliant Book! A Classic among definitive works. It contains a large and comprehensive section about Skoda's history and details of the various models throughout the years. Details for the other makes are very informative and interesting too, giving a wider view to the over all background to these amazing and often overlooked cars.
The book is written in an easy and enjoyable style making it difficult to put down.
As an owner of an old Skoda and 'Club member I am delighted to add 'Cars of Eastern Europe' to my collection of books relating to Skodas and other Eastern Block cars.
Well done Andy Thompson and Haynes Publishing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book; very informative! 30 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book covers all the vehicle types, from saloon cars and car derived vans through to estate cars and some of the more esoteric stuff produced on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Manufacturers were starved of investment funds and had to be sensitive to the political diktats of the Communist parties in those countries. Many vehicles were manufactured under licence from western companies, notably Fiat and Renault and the book shows how the local cars differed from the original ones, reflecting the local needs.

Well worth a read if you're interested in an area of vehicle history not covered in detail before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast of a book 4 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have quite a large collection of car books, some good and some less so but this was a real feast of a book. Any car enthusiast should treat themselves to a copy. I was learning something new on nearly every page. And it was not littered with typos as many car books can be. It was also fantastic value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 April 2013
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This book has information about the cars built in Eastern Europe that to my knowledge cannot be found elsewhere. I think its a great book and I think that anyone with an interest in cars must have a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job well. 27 Jan 2013
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I bought this to sit beside the companion volume on Soviet vehicles by the same author. He does a very good job of covering what is a vast subject matter. I already had a reasonable knowledge of Skoda and Tatra vehicles but wanted a volume to expand into other Eastern block countries this book does that very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cars of eastern europe 6 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
Although this book is published by Haynes I was very pleased to find that it is written with much more detail than I expected.There are 416 pages.Each countries products are detailed in depth.Cars of Eastern Europe: The Definitive History
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE history of Eastern European Cars 4 Dec 2012
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I must carry on the praise of the other reviewers. This is quite simply the history of East European Cars. Andy Thompson must have put an incredible amount of research into this car as you will find every car produced in Eastern Europe within the the pages of this book from the familiar Skodas and Yugos through to more obscure cars such as the Polish Serena (a two stroke coupe in the mould of the German DKW) as well as documentation of the latest cars produced in the region by outside manufacturers such as Kia and Peugeot. The writing style is engaging and yet authoritative and the text is backed up by a wealth of both colour and black and white photographs which are a joy to look at. The only country missing is Russia as Andy Thomson has covered Russian cars in an equally in depth volume "Cars of the Soviet Union" which is now sadly out of print and fairly expensive.

In summary if you have ever owned one of these car or a motoring enthusiast in general, you will find much to enjoy here.
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