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• Compelling reading for students of design and automotive enthusiasts
• 26 designs that broke new ground and defied convention
• All the vehicles are now highly collectable
• An experienced car designer's visual, technical and social analysis
• Some vehicles were made in their millions, others as one-offs
• Over 80 original pieces of artwork by the author
• From minimum transport solutions to radical racing cars
• Examples of the market place 'high-jacking' a vehicle in a way the original manufacturers never envisaged
• Examples of competition success leading to outlaw status
• Show that creativity acknowledges no national boundaries
To Boldly Go details 26 sometimes controversial vehicles, from 1911 to present, all solving different design challenges. From the Issigonis Mini that changed design and social mores, to racers so successful they were banned from competition, from cars produced in millions, to one-offs, all created by those marching to the beat of their own drum.
A fascinating journey through a century of 26 exceptional designs.
Author Graham Hull, former designer of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars, delves into the world of innovative vehicle design, and considers what makes some stand out from the crowd. Regardless of production numbers, one litmus test is applied: was the vehicle an exceptional design solution?
The 1911 Morgan three-wheeler, still in production 100 years on, proves the potency of an original concept. Be it for austerity, off-road, competition or social status, this book follows vehicle rationales where the backdrop is the power of creativity – individuals and teams rattling the cage of convention, and claiming their places in automotive history. Whether Tyrrell’s four-wheel bogie, or Bond’s mechanical ‘pony,’ such devices bear witness to ingenuity, and the world would be a poorer place without the striving of their creators.
Graham Hull’s original artwork captures the vehicles aesthetically, often technically, and also in action. Each chapter gives a sense of the commercial and social background of the design, considers its function and form, and features personal testimonies and anecdotes.
From the origins of the affordable ‘light car’ and the influence of sidecar racers on sports car handling and what the Alfa Romeo SZ has in common with almost all cars designed since - it’s all here.
Hull writes with supreme wit and authority, and the book contains his own illustrations of every car. If (like me) you’re unhappy with the notion that the words ‘classic car’ always have to mean Jaguar E-Type or Austin-Healey 3000, this book is for you.
If you’re not worried about visuals, then the text will still provide an enjoyable read.
Classic & Sports Car
Automotive design books written from the perspective of a designer are not common – one also illustrated by that designer may be a new species entirely!
A unique study of 26 vehicles breaking new ground, from Lamborghinis to economy cars.
Original artwork examining the visual and technical aspect of the designs.