Hachette Italy – World Buses Part Two

By Fabrizio Panico

Here are three more models from the Italian Hachette partwork “Autobus dal mondo”, a collection of sixty 1:43 scale bus models, very similar to the French one “Autobus et autocars du monde”. The models are produced in Bangladesh by Ixo for Hachette.

After an Italian, a German and an English bus, it is now time to explore three more countries : USA, Switzerland and France.

No. 4 (no. 3 in the French collection) Greyhound Scenicruiser 1956 – A real North American icon : the symbol of a different way to travel the highways. Produced by General Motors after a special order from Greyhound, it was styled by Raymond Loewy. Since the nineteen-fifties it has been the iconic image associated with long distance bus journeys across America.

Development began in 1947 and a series of prototypes were made culminating in 1954 with the first mass produced Scenicruiser. It had a unitary body with aluminium panels, pneumatic suspension, and three axles.

At the rear there were two diesel engines with a torque converter and an electrically controlled hydraulic clutch. But what is really special is the presence of a panoramic upper floor and the luxurious appointments like air conditioning, reclining seats, and a washroom. After the first 1,001 units a high rate of mechanical problems forced a change to a single V8 diesel engine, a mechanical four-speed transmission and some structural reinforcements : the new coach was called the Super Scenicruiser.

Actually the model represents a Super Scenicruiser, not a Scenicruiser. The classic “silver” livery is beautifully reproduced, complete with all the Greyhound decorations. A nice feature is the presence of the licence plates of all the states crossed during the trip, as required by the law. The body is plastic, while the metal baseplate adds “substance” to the model. Drivers seat and dash board  and the interiors are well reproduced. A really imposing model, like the Mercedes already seen. There are no apparent differences to the French edition.


 

No. 5 (no. 8 in the French collection) Saurer L4C 1949 – A real “PostAuto”, owned by the Swiss Post Office (see the P licence plate), used to transport passengers and mail between the towns and villages of the Swiss mountains. With a double side member frame and a longitudinal front engine, this bus is quite similar to a contemporary truck. The engine, a diesel straight six with 125 Horsepower, was particularly brilliant, resilient and inexpensive, thanks to a Saurer own system of direct injection with dual turbulence that improved the combustion and increasing performance.

The closed body, usually by Ramseier & Jenzer, sports a panoramic transparent roof, which must have made the bus very hot during summer. The steering wheel on the right side helps the driver along the Alps hairpins and to distribute the mail at the frequent stops.

Before World War Two Saurer purchased its Swiss competitor Berna, but continued to use the Berna brand. From 1951 Saurer distributed OM medium weight trucks and buses in Switzerland under licence from the Italian Company. In the early 1980s declining sales forced Saurer to join FBW, forming NAW. Later on Daimler Benz took full control dropping all the historic brands.

The model has the classic “yellow post” livery, with black front fenders and silver upper body. It has a plastic body and a metal baseplate. A nice touch is the presence of the spare wheel under the chassis. The interior is quite basic but an accurate representation of the real one. Near the radiator there is a  “mail horn” logo which is the symbol of the Swiss Post Office. A fresh air intake is sited above the windscreen which must have been needed to cool the bus and undo some of the effects of the transparent roof. There are no apparent differences to the French edition.


 

No. 6 (no. 1 in the French collection) Citroen type T45 1934 – Another national icon : more than 70.000 were produced before and after World War Two travelling all over France. Based on a truck derived chassis it had an engine designed specifically for it instead of using one already fitted to car. It had a petrol powered straight six of 4,600 cc and 73 Horsepower coupled to a four speed transmission.

Not a brilliant vehicle, but a robust one which you could rely on. In 1934 a T45 bus starting from Warsaw covered the 2,456 km of the 13th Monte Carlo Rally in 59 hours and 30 minutes.  After World War Two many old T45s were re-bodied with more up-to-date shapes and refitted with more comfortable seating. These bodies often located the cab over the engine. Many ran side by side with the newer T55 from 1953. The T45 lived through all the financial problems of Citroen, the takeover by Michelin, new laws controlling road transport, the impact of the nationalisation of the railways. It was even seen outside France in Africa and Asia.

The model sports a blue and cream livery, with black fenders. The model is quite heavy due to the metal body (like the AEC London bus), though it has a plastic baseplate. Two spare wheels are fitted at the rear of the body and a ladder to reach the luggage area on the roof. On the substantial luggage rack there are trunks and suitcases, some of which are also used on the Mercedes seen in Part One. There are no fleet markings or destination boards present.

The licence plate is from the Rhone region. The radiator is well done with the “double chevron” nicely modelled. An accurate interior is also fitted. Again there are no apparent differences to the French edition.


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More Mercedes Promotional Models

By Fabrizio Panico

All photographs taken by the Author.

All the models shown here have been made by iScale for Mercedes-Benz to use as promotional items and to sell in their sales operations. They are made to 1:18 scale and feature many opening components a great deal of detail.

 

The first one is a 2016 E-Class (W213) saloon “AMG Line” in what Mercedes calls “designo selenite gray magno”, matt grey in simpler words (Mercedes Benz no. B6.696.0379).

In reality the “AMG Line” is only a trim level of a comfort oriented luxury saloon, not one offering a sports experience and handling of a real AMG. A conservative exterior clothes a fabulous cabin, rich in technology and really comfortable for passengers, coupled to a powerful engine and an obedient gearbox.

The model is very accurate, all four doors are opening, like the hood and the trunk. Dashboard and interiors are well reproduced, same for the transparent roof, engine and chassis. Metal die cast body and plastic components.


 

 

The second model is a 2016 GLC Coupé (C253) in “brilliant blue” (MB no. B6.696.0805).

According to Mercedes it “combines the powerful figure of an SUV and dynamic shapes of a Coupé” : its exterior tries to be sleek, but the shape is a bit massive (like many SUVs). Perhaps not to everyone taste, but that seems to be the future philosophy. It is really a sporty coupé, with the ability to tackle a little bit of off roadaction. It is rich in comfort and technology like all recent Mercedes.

The model’s body is metal die cast with the usual plastic components. It is hand assembled from over 120 parts. All four doors can be opened, as well as the hood and the tailgate. Quality is high, as usual, with engine and chassis faithfully reproduced.


 

 

The third one is a 2016 C-Class cabriolet (A205) in “designo diamond white bright” (MB no. B6.696.0613).

How to enjoy summer all year long. A car for every season of the year thanks to the optional equipment available, like the AIRCAP system (an automatic wind deflector, causing the airflow to describe an arc above the passenger compartment), the AIRSCARF (heating for the head area) already seen on previous cabriolets, and the fully automatic fabric top which can operate at up to 50 km/h.

As usual the model’s body is metal die cast, with plastic components. Doors, hood and trunk can be opened, engine and chassis are well reproduced. There is a nice plastic reproduction of the fabric top, in order to display the model in open or closed form.

The cabin is fully detailed with even air vents picked out out.


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Five Recently Acquired Classics

by  Harvey Goranson

These recent 1/43 resin models are by Neo, Matrix, and TrueScale (TSM).  Five of them showed up recently on my front porch!

Above and below, Matrix MX40201-111 is this 1932 Bentley Mayfair Close Coupled Saloon, on 8-liter Chassis No. YX5124. It is a beautiful model of a beautiful car, so typically Bentley. The real one fetched almost $1M at Amelia Island in 2007.

Similar to the above is this Neo NEO46680 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Windovers Coupe is shown below. I don’t believe it has been pictured often anywhere online.

Windovers clothed Chassis No. 81JS for Robert McAlpine, who took delivery at the Waldorf Astoria in October 1933 and then embarked on a tour of the US, ending up on the west coast. This included a stop at Pebble Beach, and the car returned there in 2011. Both the Neo and the Matrix Bentley have skillfully modeled the drizzle deflectors along the side windows, so that occupants could crack the side windows during muggy weather.

Another Matrix is No. MX41705-141, 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Continental Freestone & Webb Sports Coupe (below).

This is Chassis No. 42PY, built for Sir John Leigh, a Conservative MP (member of parliament). Note the razor-edge styling and absence of running boards.

Neo’s 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Roadster (No. NEO46520) is a great addition.

I can’t find info on the precise car this represents, but the burgundy-gray tones look great.

Finally, there is TrueScale TSMCE154315, the 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK of Count Trossi.

About 42 SSKs were made (per Hemmings), and Chassis 36038 ended up with Count Carlo Felice Trossi, who gave it a streamlined body in 1934 for competition, including entry in the Mille Miglia. It ended up in the Ralph Lauren collection, painted black like most of his cars, and won top honors at Pebble in 1993.


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Minichamps 2017 Grand Prix Cars

By Maz Woolley

At the time of writing the Grand Prix teams will be collecting in Melbourne for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix next weekend. Practice has not yet even started and Minichamps are already publicising their models of the cars appearing in this race which may be a little premature as they are stated as shipping in December 2017.

Interestingly the Ferrari models codes start BBR so it may be that Minichamps are “re-badging” BBR models in this case. In any event Ferrari are about the only contenders not included in the 1:43 scale list.

It looks like another season where F1 collectors will have a good selection of quality models but they will need deep pockets if they wish to collect the whole starting grid!

1:18 Scale

  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – LEWIS HAMILTON
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – VALTTERI BOTTAS
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – DANIEL RICCIARDO
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – MAX VERSTAPPEN
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – LANCE STROLL
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – FELIPE MASSA
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – STOFFEL VANDOORNE
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – FERNANDO ALONSO
  • FERRARI SF70-H – SCUDERIA FERRARI – SEBASTIAN VETTEL
  • FERRARI SF70-H – SCUDERIA FERRARI – KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

1:43 Scale

  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – LEWIS HAMILTON
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE TEAM F1 W08 EQ POWER+ – VALTTERI BOTTAS
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – DANIEL RICCIARDO
  • RED BULL RACING TAG-HEUER RB13 – MAX VERSTAPPEN
  • HAAS F1 TEAM FERRARI VF-17 – ROMAIN GROSJEAN
  • HAAS F1 TEAM FERRARI VF-17 – KEVIN MAGNUSSEN
  • RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM RS17 – NICO HÜLKENBERG
  • RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM RS17 – JOLYON PALMER
  • SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM MERCEDES VJM10 – SERGIO PÉREZ
  • SAHARA FORCE INDIA F1 TEAM MERCEDES VJM10 – ESTEBAN OCON
  • SAUBER F1 TEAM FERRARI C36 – MARCUS ERICSSON
  • SAUBER F1 TEAM FERRARI C36 – PASCAL WEHRLEIN
  • SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO RENAULT STR12 – DANIIL KVYAT
  • SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO RENAULT STR12 – CARLOS SAINZ JR.
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – LANCE STROLL
  • WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING MERCEDES FW40 – FELIPE MASSA
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – STOFFEL VANDOORNE
  • MCLAREN HONDA MCL32 – FERNANDO ALONSO

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Atlas Dinky Collection – Citroen Traction and Triumph TR2

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in December 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Comments posted on bulletin boards in 2016 suggest that some collectors are disappointed with the models sent out in recent months. Many have been French Dinky issues which are not in keeping with the way that the collection was originally advertised as featuring British Dinky models. Another disappointment is the re-use of castings, this is what Dinky did but in a limited collection it means less to surprise and please collectors.

24 N Citroen Traction 11 BL

A good model with the tinplate front bumpers very nicely replicated. The black paint is very good too. A very nostalgic model. The original was in the French Dinky range from 1949 but as modelled it appears to be a model from 1951.

Although the box has Citroen Flying Fifteen printed on one flap I can see evidence in my reference works that this was ever sold in the UK as part of the Dinky range.


105 Triumph TR2 Sports

 

A very well replicated model. This casting has already been seen in the range in the pink sports version with a racing driver and roundels.

 

My personal preference is for this street version which Dinky sold from 1957 to 1960 in grey or yellow.


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A review of Atlas offerings

By Maz Woolley

 

Atlas Editions trade in many countries across Europe but appear to be headquartered in Switzerland. It has a local operation in every country it trades in backed up by a website and call centre in the local language giving the impression that it is a local firm. Each operation only deals with customers in its own defined area. Each country offers localised offerings with France seeming to have the broadest offerings. The localised distribution of ranges has led to a large secondary market in these products on eBay where those who are not based where the collections are offered have to buy them from those who are. In addition a lot of models seconds and perfect find their way onto eBay sold by traders from China who offered boxed but uncertified models.

Whilst Atlas sells all sorts of products this article looks only at transport related items available. This article looks at the current offerings across Europe.

Starting in the UK the following ranges are currently available:

  • Great British Buses 1:76
  • Trams of the World 1:76
  • The Greatest Show on Earth 1:76
  • The World of Stobart 1:76 (Not all road vehicles)
  • Tractors of the World 1:32
  • Classic Coaches 1:76
  • Fire Engines 1:76
  • Dinky Toys Various scales
  • The Jaguar Collection 1:43
  • Dinky Trucks Various
  • Touring Cars 1:43
  • Superbikes 1:24
  • Bombers of WWII 1:144
  • Duelling Fighter Planes 1:72
  • Military Vehicles 1:43
  • Jet Age Military Aircraft 1:144
  • Legendary Ocean Liners 1:1250

The following series have been test marketed recently but have not yet been officially launched.

  • Dinky Cars with opening features – DB5 Convertible
  • Mercedes Collection – Mercedes Gullwing 300SL
  • Dinky Vans – Trojan Oxo

Looking at other countries where Atlas operates many, but not all of the UK series, are also offered in other countries.  But if you look at what is offered elsewhere there are many series on offer which we have not yet seen in the UK. In fact even where the same series is on offer in several countries the models offered may be different. Only the series we have not seen in the UK are listed below. In some cases series that have alreday finished in one country are still running elsewhere.

FRANCE

  • Ambulances 1:43 – Citroen DS/ID based ambulance, Cadillac Miller Ambulance and Mercedes-Benz Binz currently advertised. NB Binz looks to be the same one already seen in the James Bond series.
  • Small commercials “Les petits utilitaires des artisans et commerçants” 1:43
  • Porsche 911 collection 1:43
  • La Saga Gordini 1:43
  • Police Cars of the World “Voitures de police du monde” 1:43
  • Dinky Toys with opening parts – “Dinky™ Toys de mon enfance, la saga des ouvrants”
  • Mercedes-Benz Collection
  • Pilots of WWII “Pilotes de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale” 1:72

GERMANY

  • DDR car collection “DDR Auto Kollektion” 1:43
  • DDR  commercial vehicles “DDR Nutzfahrzeuge” 1:43
  • DDR Motorcycles “DDR-Motorrad Kollektion” 1:24
  • DDR Army vehicles – cancelled part way through series 1:43
  • Ambulance Collection 1:43
  • Porsche 911 Collection 1:43
  • Ferrari F1 Collection 1:43
  • Legendar Tractors “Traktor Legenden” 1:32
  • Mercedes-Benz 1:43
  • Saab Car Museum Collection 1:43
  • Police Cars 1:43
  • Street Cars “Legendäre Straßenbahnen” 1:87
  • Volvo Collection 1:43
  • Bus Collection 1:72
  • Fire Appliances “Feuerwehr Fahrzeuge” 1:72
  • Air Aces “Jagdflieger” 1:72
  • U-Boat Legends “U-BOOT Legenden” 1:350

OTHER COUNTRIES

Here most of the series are local versions of series already listed with the exception of:

  • Presidential Cars  – Czech Republic
  • Ikarus Models (scale not stated but believe 1:72) – Poland
  • Bus collection (again not stated but probably 1:72) – Poland
  • Legendary Motorcycle 1:24 (closely related to the DDR Motorcycles series) – Poland
  • Silver Cars – Finland
  • Titanic – Finland
  • Silver aircraft  – Netherlands
  • Monte Carlo Rally – Norway

For Atlas to be profitable they must have to sell thousands of each casting, a level out of the reach of most model ranges .sold through conventional retail outlets. When you remember that they are actually just part of the DeAgostini group  who are also having models made in large numbers it becomes clear that the subscription and part works vendors must now be responsible for a very large proportion of the diecast models from China.

Their influence spreads even wider as they do not have an exclusive right to the moulds of the models they sell so the Chinese producers now sell the same models for use in model ranges like White Box which are the same models made in short runs for European distributors.

I sometimes wonder what the impact would be if these direct marketers experienced a fall in the sales of transport models. We have recently seen the German Dinky and DDR Military vehicle ranges close “early” and despite test marketing over a year ago the opening parts Dinky range has still yet to launch in the UK. Is this a sign that the market for such models is slowing down? If the direct marketers think so they will launch more series catering to other interests and fewer vehicles which may have a direct impact of the profitability of Chinese diecast producers which could in turn lead to higher costs as they shed capacity.

What do you think? It would be interesting to find out what readers think about the future direction of mass market diecast models.


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Neo US Trucks

By Maz Woolley

Please note that all photographs shown have been provided by, and are copyright of the manufacturer. 

Neo has recently had a series of US trucks made in resin in China to 1:43 scale. These trucks are classic Americana and will appeal to truck collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. These models have a lot of small added details and will need careful handling to avoid breakages.

Will ModelCarWorld eventually provide trailers to fit to these tractor units, or are there already any plastic kits that could be used? Although dearer than the usual Neo models they are not expensive when compared to the higher prices for 1:43 resin models we have seen lately.

 

Dodge CNT 950 1974


International Harvester RDF 405 1955


White Road Boss 1977


Diamond Reo Truck 1971


Diamond Reo Tow Truck 1971


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – Jaguar Mk II, Jaguar E Type, and XK140

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in June 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

The first three issues in the Atlas Jaguar collection have now reached subscribers. All the models issued so far have already appeared in other partworks and it is questionable whether these models are worth the price Atlas are charging for them. The rather low prices that they are reaching on eBay tends to suggest that collectors are not overly excited by them.

#1 Jaguar Mark II

This model appears to be based on the elderly Corgi Classics model as was the Police car in the Atlas Police series.

It has the same shortcomings such as an over large leaper and poor wheels.

Finished in red so that they can hint at a Morse connection without actually licensing it as a replica of the car used in the Television series.


#2 Jaguar E Type

Close inspection shows this to be identical, other than the colour, with the model used in the Atlas Sports Car collection.

A rather better model in this case made by Ixo.


#3 Jaguar XK140

Another casting seen before in DeAgostini sports car range to a lower standard of detail and widely available through secondary sellers for a much lower price.

Again Ixo are believed to be the source for this model and the model supplied to Atlas has good paint work and nice detailing though whether this seems enough to justify the Atlas price is debatable.


It is to be hoped that some of the more attractive models included in the publicity for the range arrive shortly. I suspect that many initial subscribers will fall away unless the collection starts to offer better value for money soon.


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Atlas Jaguar Collection – D Type, SS1, Mark VII, C Type

By Maz Woolley

This article was originally written for the first MAR Online site in September 2015. It is one of the items which we have collected from the old site before it is eventually turned off. It has been adapted to the new site. 

Jaguar D Type

I think that this has been sourced from PCT and has already appeared in several part work ranges. Here it has been finished to quite a high level of detail. It is a 1957 car finished in Ecurie Ecosse team colours and I believe that it is intended to replicate the winner at Le Mans that year driven by Ron Flockhart and Ivor Beub which did carry the #3 racing number and the 376 SG license plate.

It is a nicely finished model with nicely printed detailing. Whilst it lacks some of the finer detail that would be had on a resin model it is much more robust and would look well on a model of the Ecurie Ecosse car transporter.


 

SS1 Airline

Another model from PCT that has featured in many part work ranges and as an Ixo already.

It even featured in their horrid chrome effect range. It is nicely finished version though it arrived rattling and had to be taken apart to refit a seat.

Finished here in bright red it features quite a high standard of detailing.


Jaguar Mark VII 1956

This casting appears to be from Ixo who have already made this model in a number of guises from racing car to sophisticated saloon in a lovely champagne finish with white wall tyres.

Here Atlas have had it made in an attractive two tone finish and it is a nice model if not as good in some respects as the Mark VII made by Oxford Diecast.


Jaguar C Type 1951

This model is very similar to the Ixo casting used for their 1951 Le Mans winner. Here is as MDU 212 which is said to be the first C Type fitted with disk brakes. It has been restored and is often seen at classic races in its unusual mid-green colour.

This car was a winner Reims Grand Prix in 1951 and in 1951 it won at Boreham and Turnberry and finished second at Goodwood.

The model has nice wire wheels, though sadly no disc brakes visible behind them. That is too much to expect of a budget model, as is a separate exhaust system rather than a moulded in one. The fly screens are neatly done as is the lovely grille with the light positioned behind it. The interior has a printed dashboard rather than just moulded one and the front lights are lovely with covers over lights underneath.

If I have a criticism it is that the leather bonnet straps have been printed rather heavy-handedly.


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Auto Review Books – Latest News March 2017

By Rod Ward

Rod Ward is our Consultant Editor and Founder. His series of Auto Review books are monographs full of pictures and information which are often of considerable interest to model collectors as well as those with an interest in transport in general.

Auto Review 127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys and 128 Sentinel Album have just arrived, along with an extensively revised and updated 45a Jowett Album (with an appendix on other vehicles made in Yorkshire) which has around 40 new illustrations, a new cover, and revised text, following input from readers of the first edition.

The next three titles are now completed; 129 The air-cooled Volkswagen and 130 Micro Caravans by Keith Jenkinson (covering small trailer and motor caravans). For release at the same time, in April, is the second edition of 47a Standard Album which has around 40 new illustrations and a new cover. Stocks of a number of other early Auto Review books are now running low, so there are likely to be more reprints in 2017 and 2018.

Also now completed, for release later this year, are 131 Maserati Album, 132 Delahaye Album (the first in a mini-series of three books devoted to the triumvirate of Delage-Delahaye-Hotchkiss) and 133 Scammell Album. I am currently working on 134 Westland Album, which will include coverage of Petters of Yeovil, the engineering firm which owned Westland, and Teddy Petter who designed some great Westland aircraft, then left in 1944, taking the design for the Canberra jet bomber with him to English Electric. I hope to complete the two remaining 2017 titles by the Summer, 135 AEC part 1 and 136 BMW Album. Then I begin work on the 2018 titles…

If you have anything (photos, advertising material etc) we can use for these publications, and/or for any of our other future publications, please send it to me as soon as possible. A big thank you to all those who have recently supplied photographs and other material for future titles.


Here is the 2017 Auto Review publishing programme:

127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys: including Henry J, Graham-Paige, Whippet, Jeep and much more available now
128 Sentinel Album: motor buses, trucks, steam vehicles, locos, TVW, Doble, HSG, Garner, Straussler etc. available now
45a Jowett Album, plus an appendix on other Yorkshire-built vehicles. available now
129 VW air-cooled: Beetles, Transporters, Karmann-Ghias etc
for publication in April 2017
130 Micro caravans: Tiny trailer and motor vans. By Andrew Jenkinson for publication in April 2017
131 Maserati Album: including road and racing cars etc for publication in June 2017
132 Delage, Delahaye, Hotchkiss: including US, French and British Hotchkiss firms etc. for publication in June 2017
133 Scammell Album: Steam wagons and motor trucks, heavy haulage, mechanical horses, trailers, dumpers etc, plus the story of Unipower for publication in August 2017
134 Westland aircraft: including the story of Petters of Yeovil
for publication in August 2017
135 AEC Album: Part one – from the beginning to the 1940s
for publication in October 2017
136 BMW Album: to include the stories of BMW, Dixi, Isetta, Glas, BFW etc. for publication in October 2017


Auto Review 2018 titles

A sneak peek at the titles currently pencilled in for 2018 release. They are almost definite, but not quite:

137 Delage Album (Delage-Delhaye-Hotchkiss part 2)
138 AEC Album Part 2 including Maudslay and ACV
139 American Motors Album including Nash, Hudson, Rambler, etc
140 Foden Album
141 Ferrari Album
142 Jeep Album
143 Porsche Album
144 Fairey Album
145 ERF Album
146 Studebaker Album


Here is a little introduction to each of the new Auto Review titles just released:
Auto Review 127 Kaiser-Frazer-Willys
by Rod Ward
This is a story packed with strong characters. First there is Henry J Kaiser, the dynamic and forthright industrialist responsible for the Hoover Dam, the Liberty ships, the Hughes Hercules flying boat and much more; he set up over 100 companies in his lifetime. Kaiser next wanted to diversify into making automobiles for the postwar market. His chosen partner for this venture was a gracious Southern gentleman and born salesman, Joe Frazer, who had spent his life in the industry reviving moribund car firms. Frazer had ended up at Graham-Paige, which he retitled under his own name, then combined it with Kaiser in the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation. Earlier in his career, one of Frazer’s berths had been at Willys-Overland during the wartime Jeep years.

After Frazer left the partnership with Kaiser, the great industrialist took over Willys-Overland, which had been created by another super salesman and auto industry hero, John North Willys. Their story includes walk-on parts for other characters, including Walter Chrysler, Howard Hughes, Joe Graham, Brooks Stevens, Howard Darrin, Charles Sorensen and many more. These personalities populate an account of 20th century industrial and automotive history with some diversions into unexpected byways. ISBN 978-1-85482-126-6 £5.95


Auto Review 128 Sentinel Album
by Rod Ward


The existence of the Sentinel marque is thanks largely to two men, both called Stephen Alley, father and son. Stephen senior went into a partnership as Alley & McLennan in Glasgow in 1875. This engineering company was very advanced for its time, producing prefabricated ships and even prefabricated buildings, including its own factories, all under the Sentinel trade name. Stephen Alley died in 1898 and his 26-year old son took the helm, diversifying into steam-powered vehicles by taking over a Manchester firm called Simpson & Bibby. During the Great War steam waggon production moved to Shrewsbury, in a new company separate from the Glasgow engineering concern. During a period when many steam vehicle manufacturers fell by the wayside, Sentinel and Foden were the two biggest firms left in the business, Sentinel with its advanced ‘undertype’ engine layout. It could not last; even a licence for the advanced Doble steam patents led nowhere, and Sentinel had to consider motor vehicle manufacture. In 1933, therefore, Sentinel took over Garner Motors. Sentinel fell into receivership in 1936, however, and Garner had to be sold. Sentinel still produced railway locomotives, and the firm also dabbled in producer gas plants by taking over HSG, which had taken over the old Gilford factory in London.

By this time the Second World War had broken out, and Sentinel were fully employed on war work. When peace returned the railway locomotives were revived, and a new range of Sentinel diesel-engined lorries and buses was launched. Sentinel employed advanced techniques for the period; Ricardo-designed horizontal underfloor diesel engines and unitary bus body construction. These vehicles only lasted in production at Shrewsbury until 1956, however, though TVW extended production until 1960, when the component stock ran out. Rolls-Royce took over Sentinel, in order to build diesel engines in the Shrewsbury works, and they continued Sentinel railway locomotive production, in conjunction with THR. The last Sentinel-badged railway locomotive was produced in the early 1970s, almost a century after the brand first appeared. ISBN 978-1-85482-127-3 £5.95


Auto Review 45a Jowett Album – second edition
by Rod Ward

Introduction by Rod Ward
First I should say that I am not a Yorkshireman, though I’ve lived in ‘God’s own County’ for many years. I first arrived in Yorkshire in the early 1960s. Many of my friends (and later, my Yorkshire in-laws) turned out to be current or past Jowett owners, and I even owned a Mark Ia Jupiter myself for a short time. I had not been in Yorkshire long when a friend described seeing a Bradford van climbing the steep track up from a well-known cove heavily-laden with a catch of fish, its two-cylinder engine chugging manfully. This led to much car talk, in which I wondered aloud why Jowett had chosen to make horizontally opposed engines, which by the 1960s were usually only seen in Volkswagen Beetles. The response from my Leeds-born friend was, ‘Jowetts came from Bradford; they were horizontally opposed to everything. They even built Javelins upside down, just to be different’. That may be so; if you read the famous Jowett advertisements in motor magazines in the 1920s and 1930s, written by Gladney Hai, you could be forgiven for thinking that they sometimes took their ‘music hall Yorkshireman’ act a little far. There is no doubt, however, that their little engine with the big pull kept the firm in business for half a century, powering no-frills reliable cars and vans. With this no-nonsense heritage, it is all the more remarkable that after the departure of the founding brothers this tiny company embarked on the design and production of the Javelin, one of the most advanced family cars of its era. The Javelin, with its Jupiter sports car derivative, is the car by which most enthusiasts know Jowett today, rather than 50 years of flat twin motoring. The British motor industry mostly developed in certain areas of the country. The West Midlands, South East and North West between them accounted for most vehicle production. Yorkshire had different industrial traditions; mostly in heavy engineering, steel and coal. Apart from Jowett, few enthusiasts could name more Yorkshire vehicle makers, but there have been others. Many of them are listed in the extensive appendix to this book. For amendments and additional information included in this second revised edition we must thank Noel Stokoe, Press Officer & Librarian of the Jowett Car Club, Edmund Nankivell of the Jupiter Owners Auto Club, and Phil Green, the renowned authority on Jowett, who added comments on the postwar years of Jowett from his personal experience. ISBN 978-1-900482-44-8 £5.95


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