Roads To Oblivion. Triumphs & Tragedies of British Car Makers 1946-56.


Author: Christopher Balfour
Date of Publication: 1996

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For British manufacturers the years immediately following World War II presented unrivalled opportunities: home and export markets hungry for cars, an intact motor industry and an absence of foreign competition.

But, despite epic achievements, like Sidney Allard’s outright win in the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally at the wheel of his own make, for many makers it all began to go wrong, and some expired.

Makers like Alvis, Armstrong-Siddeley, Humber, Jowett, Lanchester, Lea-Francis, Riley, Standard, Sunbeam, Triumph and Wolseley are no longer with us today, and for most of them the decade following the War tolled the knell of their departure.

All the makers lost, or absorbed by other firms, are individually dealt with here, and the story of their difficulties and decline told, but not without describing and listing their successes in rallying and other exploits at home and abroad.

Hardback in generally good condition with good dust jacket in protective cover.

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Weight 1.1 kg
Dimensions 27 × 20 × 2 cm