British Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design – Review

British Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design is purely and simply a gorgeous bookSure, it is a coffee table book, but my god, it is such a beautiful coffee table book! This single work gives our lowly coffee table a reason to exist. This superbly illustrated book brings together more than fifty of the most significant British cars designed between the early twentieth century and the present.

British Auto Legends - Classics of Style and Design

At well over 270 pages, there are over 50 of Britains most beautiful and significant cars covered. From the 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost all the way up to Jaguars’s 1998 XK180, there are a good number of high-end cars featured that are not only beyond normal grasp but may never be seen in person. There are, however, a good number of more mainstream beauties displayed. These include cars regularly seen at shows and even on the road such as the MG TF, Jaguar XK8, and Austin Se7en / Mini Cooper.

British Auto Legends - Classics of Style and Design - MGTC

From your first glimpse of British Auto Legends, this book will grab you. Its sheer weight and gloss is matched only by the depth of the photos. And while the photos are the main attraction, there is no doubt about that, the text that accompanies each entry is equally well written with enough insight to provide you a real idea of each car’s place within the design aesthetic.

British Auto Legends - Classics of Style and Design - Bentley

I find such a volume as this is great to have on my coffee or lamp table for when we have guests over and they begin to wonder why I could be interested in British cars and start to repeat the too often heard jabs at quality. I can simply take this book out, flip it to any page, and show them automotive works of art that are the world’s finest. Honestly, they fall silent quickly and begin staring at the images slack-jawed. Soon the conversation turns and they are asking questions of rarity, worth, and pedigree. I may not convert them to ownership, but with the help of books like these I can, at least, instill in them appreciation.

British Auto Legends - Classics of Style and Design - Jaguar D Type


British Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design
Richard Heseltine (Author)
Michel Zumbrunn (Photographer)
Publication Date: 2012
Publisher: Merrell
Pages: 288

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British

Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car enthusiast, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 and a 1977 MGB. But there is always room for more - no matter what his wife says.