By John Plummer

Like so much innovations of the final hundred years the motor automobile is largely utilitarian, but it has collected for itself extra romance and nostalgia than any comparable invention. because the moment international conflict its heritage has attracted the eye of many writers either scholarly and well known, and it will possibly appear that there has been little new that may be stated at the topic. despite the fact that with this gorgeous publication one feels that John Plummer and his publishers have produced a piece that is clean in its procedure, authoritative and simple to learn, and intensely beautiful to examine. For older readers who take into accout seeing and riding those superb autos, and the more youthful iteration who are looking to catch the ambience of a earlier age.

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Roots type supercharger driven from crankshaft. Dual HT magneto ignition. Power output 182bhp. Brakes: Mechanically operated on all four wheels. Suspension: leaf Semi-elliptic springs front and rear. Maximum 120mph speed: (193km/h). Transmission: Four-speed gearbox, Body: Four-seater propeller shaft, live axle. The 'blower' Bentley The original 3 litre four-cylinder sixteenvalve Bentley engine was enlarged to 41 litres in search of power and greater flexibility when competitors began to catch up in 1928.

Other body styles fitted to this type of chassis included a 'beetle-back' two-seater with no rumble, and four-seater tourers. The twenties spawned an amazing number of car manufacturers, and many of them produced models of this general layout. But many, too, were short lived. Of those that endured, the Alvis was notable for good performance and high quality, reflected in a higher than average price 37 ' H The Austin Seven is one which has become as much a engineering. Like the Ford model T, it of those rare cars part of folklore as a piece of — 'The Motor for the provided transport for thousands of new motorists Millions' was the slogan which hailed its introduction.

Other cars of the period tended to be a somewhat ill-assorted combination of stationary engine design and horse-drawn carriage practice, with a few parts borrowed from the bicycle manufacturer. Once a reasonably workable formula had emerged from the work of Benz and Daimler in Germany, de Dion and Panhard in France, many builders tended to imitate rather than initiate. But the Lanchester was designed from the start as a motor car, a complete entity with no borrowed ideas, and it was remarkably efficient and reliable.

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