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on 17 July 2009
I like Shire books, they are small, easy to read and reasonably priced. This particular publication follows that pattern plus it's jam packed with detail and some good illustrations including those from the manufacturers brochures. I like it because there are no wasted words,no filling, it's concise and tells you what you want to know if you are either researching or in my case re-living the motor industry of the 50's and 60's.Well worth the effort of buying.
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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 book "British Family Cars of the 1950s and 60s" maintains that tradition and is well written and illustrated, mostly in colour.

Although short (around 70 pages), this book recalls cars from the UK that if you are in your 50s or 60, your Dad may have owned. Do you remember the Hillman Minx, Super Minx, Humber Hawk/Super Snipe, Riley Kestrel or Vauxhall Velox? Icons like these are vividly recalled using text, photographs and reproductions of the original manufacturer's adverts and brochures. The book also includes some of the motoring accessories of the time together with an interesting commentary by Anthony Pritchard.

To me this book also served to chart the British dominance of the car market at that time and also to contrast how far we've come today - would drivers back then have believed I can check the tyre pressures in my Audi from the dashboard?

If you are looking for a light read and a fix of 1950s/60s motoring nostalgia then this well produced but short book is a worthy investment. Recommended.
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on 11 March 2010
A lovely - if brief - look back at the humble family car of the 50s and 60s. Almost every page contains vivid, mostly colour photographs of marques that, for the most part, have long since disappeared. The text covers the period well, covering the UK's slow emergence from World War Two, the development and success of Ford, the frequent disconnect between advances in car styling and those in engineering and does a good job of explaining the emergence of roots that would ultimately doom British car manufacturing.

A really enjoyable book, I only wish it was twice as long.
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on 22 May 2012
Good words and images of cars from the 50's and 60's that would appeal to any car enthusiast who wants to get a bit more information on British Famil cars from this period.
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on 27 May 2014
If you want a basic overview of British cars of the 1950's and 1960's this will be worthwhile.

The information is fairly basic but there are some good photographs and it is quite entertaining.
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on 13 April 2013
Contains lots of pictures and information. Good value book for car enthusiasts of the period 1950s and 60s. Would recommend.
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on 21 May 2013
A good Reminder of Cars of days gone by some good some bad. but we all have fond memories of them. a good book to keep
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on 1 August 2011
I liked the book's period photographs and brochure illustrations. however, I do not share the authors' views on some of the cars of that period. Over critical of cars that were well loved by the buying public of the period.
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on 7 September 2010
Good value and an interesting journey into nostalgia - thank goodness we have moved on - power steering, ABS etc etc.
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on 3 May 2013
Bought this book along with 3 other car books. Not as good as I expected, no colour photographs, but it's fine. It tells me what I wanted to know.
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