The Life of the Automobile: A New History of the Motor Car

The Life of the Automobile: A New History of the Motor Car

Steven Parissien


In this publication Steven Parissien examines the effect, improvement and importance of the car over its turbulent and vibrant 130-year background. He tells the tale of the car, and of its creators, from its earliest visual appeal within the Eighties - as little greater than a powered quadricycle - through the early pioneer carmakers, the advances of the interwar period, the 'Golden Age' of the Nineteen Fifties and the enduring years of the Sixties to the a long time of doubt and uncertainty following the oil trouble of 1973, which culminated within the worldwide mergers of the Nineteen Nineties and the bailouts of the early twenty-first century.

This isn't just a narrative of horsepower and function. The lifetime of the Automobile is a story of individuals: of intuitive carmakers similar to Benz, Agnelli, Royce and Citron; of highly proficient designers resembling Issigonis, Lefebvre, Michelotti and Bangle; and of visionary industrialists comparable to Ford, Tata and Porsche.

Above all, The lifetime of the Automobile demonstrates how the epic tale of the auto mirrors the historical past of the trendy period, from the courageous hopes and hovering pursuits of the early 20th century to the cynicism and ecological matters of a century later.

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