• The story of British car streamline styling
• Identifies the influence Art Deco had on automotive design
• Thumbnail biographies of 1930s British automotive designers collected for the first time
• Contemporary illustrations
• High quality photographs of the surviving cars, many previously unpublished
A unique account of a radical era in automotive design. The Art Deco movement influenced design and marketing in many different industries in the 1930s, and the British motor industry was no exception.
The book is divided into two parts: the first explains and illustrates the Art Deco styling elements that link these streamlined car designs, describing their development, their commonality, and how aeronautical names were used, and is liberally illustrated with contemporary images. The second part goes on to portray British streamlined production cars made between 1933 and 1936, illustrated with colour photographs of surviving cars.
This is a book about automotive styling, in particular the streamlined styling that defined what are now known as Airline cars. During the mid-1930s the majority of British car manufacturers and coachbuilders experimented with streamlined styling. This fashion was the result of Art Deco, an international movement that influenced design and marketing in many different industries, and produced some of the most unique and visually exhilarating cars ever produced in Britain. Part One of the book explains and illustrates the Art Deco styling elements that link these streamlined car designs, and describes their development, their commonality, and their unique aeronautical names. The stories of the individual cars, their designers, and their development, are told in Part Two. Here, Barrie Down has collected examples of all the significant British streamlined production cars made between 1933 and 1936, many of them still represented by beautifully restored survivors. The book is well illustrated with over 200 contemporary pictures and colour photographs of existing cars, many of which have never before been published. This book is an instructive and visual feast for all car lovers.
Models covered: Hillman Aero Minx Streamline, Hillman Aero Minx Cresta, AC Aero Saloon, Alvis Speed 20 Sports Saloon ,British Salmson Sports Saloon, MG Airline Coupe, SS1 Airline Saloon, Triumph Gloria Flowfree, Standard Speed Coupe, Standard Speedline, Standard Flying Series, Riley Kestrel, Singer LeMans Coupe, Singer Airstream, Talbot 105 Airline, Rover 14 Streamline