Book Review: The Car Book – A Definitive Visual History

 
The Car Book cover
The Car Book cover
The Car Book cover

 
Overview
 

Title: The Car Book - The Definitive Visual History
 
Photography: Various including Giles Chapman Library
 
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
 
ISBN: 978-1-4053-6175-0
 
Year/Edition: 2011
 
# of pages: 360
 
Photos: Mainly color
 
Cover: Hardcover
 
Size: 26cm (w) x 31cm (L) x 3cm (thick)
 
Publisher:
 
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Positives


A photo encyclopedia of just about every famous road and sports car

Negatives


A few labeling errors on some photos


Bottom Line

Some F1 books are hidden behind their book covers. I normally post reviews of pure F1 books but while I was sifting through a pile of books in the corner of my study, DK’s The Car Book: A Definitive Visual History with the iconic Astin Martin DB stood out. After flicking through its pages again […]

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Some F1 books are hidden behind their book covers. I normally post reviews of pure F1 books but while I was sifting through a pile of books in the corner of my study, DK’s The Car Book: A Definitive Visual History with the iconic Astin Martin DB stood out. After flicking through its pages again after so many years, I realised that it actually contains lots of very interesting pages on grand prix race cars.

The book has photos (basically side profile photo) on the following:

  • 1920’s race cars: Alfa Romeo P2; Bugatti Type 35B, 35C, 39; Duesenberg 183
  • 4 pages on the Bugatti Type 35B
  • 1930’s single seater race cars: Maserati 8C 3000, 8CTF; Mercedes W25, W125, W145; Alfa Romeo 8C, 12C-37, Tipo B; Auto Union Type A, Type D; Bugatti Type 51
  • 1950’s race cars: Maserati 250F; Mercedes W196
  • 1960’s rear engine racers: Lotus 49; Matra Cosworth MS10; Ferrari 312/68
  • Excellent 2 page profile on the Ford DFV V8 engine
  • 1970’s race cars: Tyrrell Cosworth 001; Tyrrell 002; Brabham BT44; Lotus 72; Lotus 79; Surtees Hart TS10; Renault RS10
  • 1980’s race cars: Benetton B188; McLaren Honda MP4/4; Ferrari 126C4/M2
  • 1990’s racers: Ferrari F300; Williams Renault FW16; Williams Renault FW18; Leyton House Judd CG901B; Benetton Ford B193
  • 2000’s: Ferrari F2008; Toyota TF108; Bar Honda; McLaren MP4/23
  • Double page spread: Lotus Racing T127

 

For the in-depth car studies, there are various profile photos including closeups of exterior detail, dash and under the bonnet shots. Also many famous marques – Ferrari, Audi, VW, Jaguar, etc. have short historical profiles.

And if you’re also interested in road car history generally, the book is a whopping 350+ pages of color photos of all the major road cars from 1890’s to concept cars of 2010.

Wow Factor or Money Shot: The DeLorean DMC-12

Suitable for: Car history buffs and Jaguar, Fiat and DeLorean fans too.

Car Book pages

Bugatti Type 35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Book pages

70’s racers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Book pages

90’s racers

 

 


f1nut

 


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