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The German Car Industry: My Part in Its Victory [Paperback]

James Ruppert
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30 April 2011
James Ruppert explains why German cars from the 1980s were quite simply, wunderbar. Because when it came to build quality, reliability and performance, every other car made anywhere else in the world was rubbish. The 1980s was a time when if you went shopping a VW Polo was the perfect companion. Beating an MG away from the lights was dead easy in a GTI and making a lasting impression meant arriving in an SL, SLC or any enormous Mercedes S-Class. It was a time when BMW M3s were racing certainties and a Quattro Turbo would always stay glued to the road. Getting poolside and on the sun lounger before the Germans only required one of their fine Audi 100 Avants. Proper showing off meant a Porsche 911 Turbo with its wonderful attention seeking tea tray rear spoiler. And the model that every young, upwardly mobile professional wanted parked outside his or her mews flat was a BMW 3 Series. Ruppert details how all these companies progressed to the 1980s and just what they did when they got there. Luckily he was there too, flogging BMWs at the prestigious West End Showroom in Park Lane, to yuppies, film stars and anyone else who could afford the non-refundable 10% deposit. From the author of the critically acclaimed, "The British Car Industry Our Part in its Downfall", here is his unique take on the German one, and why it won.

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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Foresight Publications (30 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095595293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955952937
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Lord Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for the greatest contribution to recording, in the English language, the history of motoring or motorcycling.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight 30 April 2014
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As I used to do a similar job in the sixties and seventies, it gave a precise overview of the state of the Motor Industry at this time
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2.0 out of 5 stars Written like a comic! 25 Sep 2013
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Did not grab me at all - expected a good history, but was bored stiff by the time I reached page six - thought this book would be for the technical minded! and give good details of there success.
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