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ADVERTISING THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD AND BENTLEY S SERIES by Davide Bassoli. Published in 2019 with a low-figure print-run. The book conatining slightly less than 150 pages is aimed at those with a special faible for just these models. Paticularly interesting, of course, for those who happen to have one of such cars in their custody. Hartbound, 210 x290mm, 147 pages, Illustrations and photos in mono and in colour, Date of Publication: 2019 (Limited 1st Edition: 500 copies).

115.56 *

Coachwork on Rolls-Royce & Bentley 1945-1965 by James Taylor.

The book combines facts researched with utmost care and photos of outstanding quality. An impressive overview is given as regards bespoke coachwork on Rolls-Royce and Bentley from coachbuilders in the UK and on the Continent. Most of the 370 photos, many in colour, have been taken especially for this book and didn't appear previously in other publications.

Hardcover, 192 Pages, 370 Photos, 270x210mm 

84.53 *

ADVERSTISING THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III by Steve Stuckey was published in 2019 as a limited edition (300 copies only)t eine Neuerscheinung, die Ende 2019 als limitierte Edition (300 Exemplare) veröffentlicht worden ist. The book includes a collection of 180 advertisements from the period before World War II, when the V12-engined Rolls-Royce Phantom III reigned supreme among 'Upper Crust' motor cars.

Hardcover, 210x297mm, 176 pages, colour and mono-illustrations.

115.56 *

MAKING A MARQUE, ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CAR PROMOTION 1904-1940. The promotional history of Rolls-Royce motor cars from the company's beginnings in 1904 to the outbreak of World War II is given based on exhaustive research and a wealth of documents.

464 pages and more than 900 illustrations (!) provide on models from Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost thru Rolls-Royce Phantom III and, too, from Rolls-Royce 20 H.P. thru Rolls-Royce Wraith exhaustive information on promotion, brochures and PR of the manufacturer.

 

133.75 *

The Spirit of the AgeThe Definitive History of the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, Silver Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, Turbo R and Derivatives

The entirely new book The Spirit of the Age was launched in July 2021. This is the definitive tome the 'SZ-Model-Series'; 'SZ' had been the manufacturer's code for the generation of Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, Silver Spur, Bentley Mulsanne, Turbo R and Derivatives. This book covers the story of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley four-door saloons produced from 1980 to 1998. Written by Davide Bassoli following five years of research, The Spirit of the Age describes all four series of the Silver Spirit and Silver Spur, and provides details of all major modifications. 

Hartbound with cloth-covered slip-cover 320 x 243 mm (12¾ x 9 in); 262 pages, 360 colour pictures (many of these previously unreleased) plus 24 drawings and 19 tables; a dedicated chapter about the SZ series' colour range with  51 paint samples reproduced and 40 leather and cloth samples, too; 1st editon limited to 500 copies.

214.00 *

FREESTONE & WEBB 1923-1958, THE STORY OF A BRITISH COACHBUILDER by James Taylor

Freestone & Webb was a great name in British coachbuilding for some 35 years, but as demand for coachbuilt car bodies dried up in the 1950s, the company became the first of the Big Five remaining specialists to close down.

 

They had started in the early 1920s, as the motoring scene was settling down after the upheaval of the First World War. Early devotees of lightweight Weymann construction, they soon earned the approval of the nearby Bentley company because their bodies did not unduly hinder the performance of these great sporting chassis. Before long, Rolls-Royce models were also being provided with stylish and well-made Freestone & Webb coachwork, and so were many leading foreign chassis, such as Mercedes-Benz and Packard.

Although the partnership of Messrs Freestone and Webb was dissolved before the 1930s had got under way, the company survived the bleak years at the start of the decade and continued to build both arrestingly beautiful bespoke bodies and distinctive coachwork in small-volume batches. Most notable in this period was their razor-edge style, which was rapidly copied by many other coachbuilders and would remain influential into the early 1950s.

Like others, the company struggled to get back into the game after an enforced layoff during the Second World War. But with the aid of good designs and fine workmanship, they survived into the 1950s with their reputation intact. Sadly, their continued survival could only be a matter of time, and Arthur Webb was already looking to sell the company when he died in 1954. Freestone & Webb continued gamely for four more years, experimenting with new designs and going out in a blaze of glory with their extravagant Honeymoon Express for a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.

This is the story of a great British coachbuilder, told with the aid of meticulous research and with great affection for the grandeur and style that its products still represent.

2021 Publication, Hardback, 152 pages, 270x210 mm, over 300 illustrations; Price: 79 EURO (Note: BREXIT-ignited costs increased the price that otherwise might merely be 60+ EURO)

84.53 *

Coachwork on Rolls-Royce Twenty, 20/25, 25/30 & Wraith by James Taylor

When Rolls-Royce introduced its new junior model, the Twenty, in 1922, the motor car maker supplied 'rolling chassis' but no coachwork. Such was the job of specialist coachbuilding firms both in Britain and overseas. Customers commanded a coachbuilder of their choice to provide bespoke coachwork. That system remained unchanged in principle throughout the pre-war period, from the Twenty thru its successsors 20/25,  25/30, and finally the Wraith.

The work of all these coachbuilders and many more is covered in this book, which for ease of understanding divides each coachbuilder’s creations up according to the host chassis and the different styles – saloon, limousine, drophead coupé etc.

2021 Publication, Hardback, 208 pages, 270mm x 210 mm, 280 illustrations,Price 79 EURO plus shipping and VAT where applicable (Note: BREXIT-ignited costs have increased the price that otherwise might have been merely 60+ EURO)

84.25 *
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