The Rootes Story — Volume I: The Making of a Global Automotive Empire

The Rootes Story — Volume I: The Making of a Global Automotive Empire
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  • 1785004794
  • 9781785004797
by Geoff Carverhill This book traces the meteoric rise of the two Rootes brothers, William... more
The Rootes Story — Volume I: The Making of a Global Automotive Empire

by Geoff Carverhill

This book traces the meteoric rise of the two Rootes brothers, William and Reginald, development of one of Britain's most important motor vehicle manufacturers.

The Rootes Group acquired some of the most famous names in the British motor industry: Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam and Singer cars, as well as Commer and Karrier commercial vehicles. Over the years, some of the models built by Rootes would become household names: the Hillman Minx, Humber Super Snipe, Sunbeam Alpine, Singer Gazelle, Commer Superpoise and Karrier Bantam.

In its heyday in the late 1950s, Rootes was the fourth largest manufacturer of cars and trucks in Britain, exporting to over 180 countries worldwide, becoming a global automotive empire. In this book, the people and various companies involved with Rootes are profiled, as are the cars and commercial vehicles built by them, with specifications of principal models. Personal insight from employees is given along with valuable contributions from the Rootes family themselves.

Contents:

  • Biycles and a Brass Band
  • Rootes Brothers - Motor Distributers to Motor Manufacturers
  • The Heyday Years
  • Rootes at War
  • Post-War - New Challenges
  • The Early Fifties - Glitz, Glamour and the "Gay Look"
  • Audax and the Series Humbers - New Cars for a New Age
  • Postscript - the End of a Golden Age
  • Appendix I: Rootes Passenger Car Models 1931-60
  • Appendix II: Commer Commercial Vehicle Models 1926-60
  • Appendix III: Karrier Municipal Industrial Models 1932-60

Buch, Hardcover, 22 x 28,5 cm, 240 Seiten, 52 farbige und 361 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text