Car and motor Sport books for sale

For a list of the abbreviations used please see book condition  page.

 All books are hardback unless otherwise stated, paperback (pb), card cover.

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****  NEW BOOKS****

Lotus 19 a History by Kevin Whittle


This 152 page hardback book covers the concept, race results and the structure of this long lived very successful Lotus sports racer. 

Priced at £45 Plus post and packing. 
For the UK it will be £5      Please enquire for overseas.


The Lotus 19 was the sports car development of the 1960 Lotus F1 Grand Prix car. 
By widening the spaceframe and fitting a svelte 2 seat all enveloping body, Lotus were able to offer a guaranteed winner. 

Tony Robinson ran the UDT Laystall team that enjoyed much success in the UK and America. 
But it was the Americans who saw the potential of the car to accept large home grown V8 engines. 

Thus instead of the normal short competitive life of a race car, the Nineteen was successful over a much longer period a than any other comparable car. Entered but not raced at Le Mans in 1959, it also raced in the early years of the Can-Am series. It was also a winner 'down under' while on the European hill climbs it proved successful with a variety of engines. 

Truly a significant Lotus, successful, and adaptable. Yet the Lotus Nineteen Monte Carlo is often overlooked, and forgotten, few enthusiasts know the full history. 

Lotus 46 - the S1 Europa by Kevin Whittle

A new hardback bound companion volume to the Lotus 35 and Lotus 19 books.
Limited edition of just 250 were printed on heavy art paper, large A4 size.

It details the Lotus 46 by firstly looking at the racing inspiration for a mid engined coupe. Then by means of many illustrations it shows the differences between the S1, the S1A and the S1B models.

As with the other books it is written as a result of owning an example of the car in question.

130 large pages beautifully printed; each copy is signed and numbered, and if the Lotus 35 book is anything to go by a sound investment. The out of print Lotus 35 book is currently changing hands at £95 !!

The Lotus 46 book is priced at £40 plus £5 UK P&P, EU is £12, Rest of world is £17. all due to size and weight of the well packed book



Clarke, R.M. (compiled by). Mercedes Benz SLs & SLCs Gold Portfolio 1971-1989.   Road Tests, Model Intro's, Rallying, Owner Survey, Comparisons, 350SLC, 350SL, 380SL & SLC, 450SL, 450SLC, 500SL, AMG, 560SL. Well illustrated study of these cars.   (pb) Brooklands Books Ltd., circa 1990s, pp180, large format, isbn 1 85520 0104.   VG   £10

Demaus, A.B. Victorian and Edwardian Cycling & Motoring from old photographs.   159 b/w photos with detailed captions looking at early cars and bikes.   (hb) Batsford, 1983, 159 b/w photos, isbn 0 7134 0556 2. VG, VG (slight edge wear to dust jacket)   £2.50

Eaton, Godfrey. Great Marques: Ferrari. Foreword by Jody Scheckter.   Illustrated with colour photos, many of the most exotic and desirable cars are described in this authoritative book. There is also a chapter on well known Ferrari drivers.   (hb) BCA/Octopus, 1984, 96, large format.   VG, VG   £2

Hill, Tim. Formula One Unseen Archives.   Photographs by the Daily Mail.   Done on a year by year basis (1950-2001), this tells the stories, disappointments, successes and tragedies, and is illustrated with archive photos, many of which have never been published before. (hb) Parragon, 2002, pp384, large format glazed boards with dust jacket, isbn 0 75258 480 4.   F, VG    £5

Hill, Tim & Thomas, Gareth. Complete Encyclopedia of Formula One.   The new definitive guide to the drivers, cars, circuits and every world championship since 1950.   Well illustrated and informative book. (hb) Parragon, 2006, pp256, glazed boards with dust jacket, isbn 1 40547 344 4.   F, VG   £4

Horton, Chris (edited by). Encyclopedia of the Car.   Outstanding encyclopedia which covers not only all the manufacturers world wide but also many of the lesser known, past and present. It explores their history and development, new models and series over the years - from sports cars to saloons. Contains over 2250 photographs, complementing almost 300 art works.   (hb) Caxton editions, 1999, pp752, large format glazed boards with dust jacket, isbn 1 84067 0533.   F, VG   £3   (book is very heavy so p&p would be at a higher rate than £2.95 if sold as a single volume purchase)

Owners Workshop Manual. Renault 5 1972 to 1979 - L, TL, TS & GTL. 845cc. 956Cc, 1289cc. (hb) Haynes, 1980, pp238, large format glazed boards, isbn 0 85696 141 8. G complete with oily marks! £1.00

Owners Workshop Manual. Vauxhall Carlton Oct 1978 to Oct 1986 - 1796cc, 1979cc, 2197cc. (hb) Haynes, 1990, pp300, large format glazed boards, isbn 1 85010 329 1. VG with few oily finder marks. £1.00

Road & Track.   Mercedes-Benz SL-SLK-CLK Portfolio 1990-2003. Road Tests, Model Introductions, Driving Impressions, Comparisons, Performance Data, Specifications, Long Term Tests. Well illustrated study of these cars.   (pb) Brooklands & Road & Track, 2004, pp136, large format, isbn 185520 6536.   VG    £6

Robson, Graham. Encyclopedia of the World's Classic Cars.   A-Z of some of the world's classic cars, each with built by, engine, transmission, chassis, dimensions and brief history, along with photos and illustrations.   (hb) Salamander, 1977, pp248, large format.   VG, no dust jacket   £1

Stewart, Jackie. Winning is Not Enough.   Autobiography of Jackie Stewart. From growing up in a Scottish village, to the racetrack of Monaco and the boardrooms of the world, Jackie Stewart's life story is an inspirational tale of drive and determination. Also contains a dvd featuring rare and dramatic unseen footage. (hb)   Headline, 2007, pp548, isbn 0 7553 1537 6.   F, F   complete with dvd     £5

Tremayne, David. Rubens Barrichello. In the spirit of Senna and the shadow of Schumacher. Foreword by Johnny Herbert. This is an unofficial biography of Rubens Barrichello, who came into F1 in 1993. Illustrated with colour photos, it examines the character of one of the sports most popular racers.   (hb) Haynes, 2005, pp256, isbn 1 84425 200 0.   F, VG   £3

Wager, Robin. The Duckham's Story. A Century of Fighting Friction. Foreword by John Surtees MBE. Alexander Duckham was a chemist, philanthropist and compulsive solver of problems, his company introduced the first multigrade motor oil to Europe. This is the well illustrated Duckhams story from early days to 1990s.   (hb) Haynes, 1999, pp160, glazed boards, isbn 1 85960 639 3.   VG   £5

Wardroper, John. Juggernaut.   This is a book which looks at the way our freight transportation system has moved to the roads and the problems the lorries have caused to our roads, town and villages. It concludes with an analysis of the Armitage Report.   (hb) Temple Smith, 1981, pp223, isbn 0 85117 207 5.   G+,  VG Ex-Library 50p

Whittle, Kevin.  Lotus 35 a History.   See below.

Zapelloni, Umberto. Formula Ferrari.   The First Official Inside Story of the Most Successful Team in the History of Formula 1. Photography by Michel Comte.   This book traces the story from the start of the nineties, by which time the team had become a pale shadow of its former self.   Luca di Montezemolo, who had been Enzo Ferrari's right hand man in the 70s, took charge of the company and the team in 1990, and set about initiating a revival. Illustrated with 140 photos, Formula Ferrari captures the passion, the emotion and the secrets behind the realisation of a dream.   (hb) Hodder & Stoughton, 2004, pp224, glazed boards, isbn 0 340 83471 4.   F   £3

After more than six years of work I am pleased to say the Lotus 35 book is at last available. This Limited Edition hardback, casebound book is of A4 size, 300mm x 210mm approx. with 235 pages. Lavishly illustrated with 116 colour photos, 54 black and white plus 60 period illustrations.

The book comprehensively covers the preceding monocoque cars, From the Lotus 25 onwards, before covering the Lotus 35 in full illustrated detail. It details, with results and race reports, all the International F2 and F3 races in which a Lotus 35 competed. It has chapters on all the F2 and F3, FPF, TC, and other engines and gearboxes used.

A chapter on Ted and his Martin V8 engine. As well as chapters on the Tub, Suspension, wheels and brakes, etc etc. With an introduction by Charles Lucas of Charles Lucas- Team Lotus fame.

With top quality reproduction on heavyweight 170gsm satin paper.

Priced at £50

For a signed and Limited Edition numbered copy, the cost is £60

UK Postage is £5
EU Postage is £14
USA is £19
and Canada is £22
Japan is £24
The postage reflects the weight of the book, and quality of the paper and binding, each copy is 1.8Kg, and measures 300 x 220 x 30mm

Please make your cheques to K Whittle, and post to

K Whittle

5 Gwelfryn

Llanymynech, SY22 6LJ, UK


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The Lotus 35 lineage can be traced back to the Lotus 25 and 33; surely the most elegant of Grand Prix racecars.

In Formula Two guise the Lotus 35 was driven by the all the star drivers. Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Brian Hart, Mike Spence, David Hobbs, Peter Revson, Bob Bondurant, Picko Troberg, Frank Gardner, Graham Hill, Freddie Kottulinsky, and Peter Arundell.

In addition to F2, the cars raced in F3, and also won the British Formula Libre Championship with BMW power. Another car was fitted with a Climax FPF for the Tasman series, while a supercharged Cosworth MAE powered car competed in British hillclimbs. Another more famous car, driven by Piers Courage, and Roy Pike, was fitted with Ted Martins compact 3 litre V8 to compete in Formula One.

So on every count the Lotus type 35 is a significant race car, successful, adaptable for different formula, and fitted with various engines. Yet as the One litre Formula 2 series is very often overlooked, and forgotten, few enthusiasts know the full story of the Lotus 35.