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Family Cars of the 1970s (Shire Library) [Paperback]

James Taylor
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10 Oct 2012 Shire Library
?The 1970s was a critical decade for the British motor industry. A downward spiral in industrial relations led to crippling strikes, two major oil crises made thirsty older designs virtually unsaleable, and foreign manufacturers moved in with products that were affordable, reliable and available on demand. Britain's roads became more cosmopolitan than ever, and manufacturers both British and foreign contributed to an array of models that has become symbolic of the era. The Morris Marina, the Ford Cortina, the Vauxhall Chevette; the VW Golf, the Renault 12, the Peugeot 504 - all are fondly remembered to this day, to a degree that might have seemed unlikely at the time of their manufacture. This is a fully illustrated history of the cars - trimmed with chrome and upholstered in leg-scorching vinyl - that were on offer to the British family of the 1970s.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (10 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747811490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747811497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 14.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Taylor is a world authority on the history of the old Rover company and the author or countless books on Rover, Land Rover and many other marques and models. He is currently the editor of Land Rover Enthusiast magazine. He has written 'The London Bus' and 'Land Rover' for Shire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Shire Library 12 Oct 2012
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Shire Library, are in my opinion the "Masters of Nostalgia" - they consistently produce high quality and well illustrated books about many aspects of life from bygone eras. This recently published book about Family Cars of the 1970s maintains that tradition and is well written and illustrated, mostly in colour.

Although short (around 70 pages), this book recalls cars from both the UK and abroad that, if you are in your 40s/50s, your Dad may have owned - examples include; the Triumph Dolomite/Toledo, Austin Maxi/Allegro, Renault 12/16, Ford Escort/Cortina/Fiesta and, some more obscure examples, such as the Saab 96 and Simca 1100. These icons are vividly recalled using text, photographs and reproductions of the original manufacturer's adverts. The book also includes some of the motoring accessories of the time such as Denovo run flat tyres and Piranha electronic ignition.

If you are looking for a light read and a fix of 1970s motoring nostalgia then this well produced book is a worthy investment. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK IN A GOOD SERIES 6 Sep 2013
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This book follows on from the British Family Cars of the 70 s in the same series. Tells the story of the rise of imports to the UK car market in the 1970 s How advanced designs like the Renault R16 from France, highly reliable cars from Datsun [ later Nissan ] and Toyota from Japan not to mention German and Italian products rapidly made inroads into the British market . A good read for anyone interested in this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family cars of the 1970s 1 Dec 2013
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Very interesting reading and the photos of the cars bought back memories. Austin Rover gone and ford make all vehicles abroad now
and other names gone to the history books.
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Only wish it could have been a bit bigger but there again it was not a lot of money..........copies of good adverts and images from the time and the words explain all about the cars.........a must for anyone who was either driving then or who had a parent who was and can remember the cars of that time............
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 23 Jan 2014
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Small and compact look at cars of the past. All popular models covered, a good read for car fans to enjoy.
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