Ivan Mar­golius & John G Henry £55 Ve­loce

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Product News -

This is an ex­pan­sive ac­count of the con­tri­bu­tion made by the Czech car man­u­fac­turer Ta­tra and the com­pany’s chief de­signer, Hans Ledwinka, to mod­ern mo­tor­ing. The book looks at Ledwinka’s early projects for Nes­sels­dor­fer-Wa­gen­bau, where he was intially hired to de­sign rail­road coaches, be­fore the com­pany evolved into Ta­tra and Hans helped de­velop its vi­sion­ary stream­lined car body shapes. With his ca­reer at Ta­tra in­ter­rupted by World War One and a brief stint at ri­val man­u­fac­turer Steyr, Ledwinka re­turned in 1921 to in­vent the frame­less cen­tral tubu­lar chas­sis. Ta­tra is re­spected by en­gi­neers and de­sign­ers alike, with prom­i­nent ar­chi­tect Sir Nor­man Foster, him­self a T87 owner, pro­vid­ing a fore­word. The book is com­pre­hen­sively il­lus­trated with many fas­ci­nat­ing pho­to­graphs, il­lus­tra­tions, pe­riod mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als and fac­tory im­ages. A lim­ited num­ber of signed copies are also avail­able. ISBN 978-1-845847-99-9 www.ve­loce.co.uk

Hard­back, 250mm x 250mm, 224 pages, 326 il­lus­tra­tions

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