In the forty years before the Second World War Britain was changed for ever by the automobile.
This rich, evocative and entertaining book charts that transformation. At first motoring was a sport, the car a plaything of the rich – think King Edward and Mr Toad. Soon motor transport – its value confirmed many times over in the war – became central to the economy.
The automobile became an instrument of civilization and rejuvenated countryside, towns and villages left derelict by agricultural depression. The car was a symbol of individual liberty for men – and women; it was glamorous and stylish and sexy too.
Hardback almost as new.