From the early 1930s until the mid-1970s the Rootes Group was one of Britains foremost car manufacturers, producing and selling a multitude of models under the Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam and Sunbeam-Talbot badges. Some of these cars have been the subject of individual model histories, but this is the first book to bring the total Rootes model line together in one major reference book. Written by one of Britains most able car historians, the late Graham Robson, this book has now been reprinted for future generations to enjoy. It covers the companys history, and details all the major marques within the Rootes Group. The book looks at the overall marketing strategies as well as the widespread use of common components across the range. Individual descriptions of each model built results in a book of great breadth and absorbing interest, that will be welcomed back by all classic car enthusiasts.
Contents: Introduction Acknowledgements 1. Rootes 2. Rootes Group - the Early Years 3. The Empire at its Peak 4. Hillman 5. Humber 6. Singer 7. Sunbeam 8. Sunbeam-Talbot 9. Chrysler and Peugeot Appendices A-F
After a varied career in the automotive industry the late Graham Robson gained a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has nearly 170 books to his credit. Born in 1936, and educated at Ermysteds Grammar School in Yorkshire, Graham then went on to study Engineering at Oxford University. He joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, becoming involved in design work on the Mk II, E-Type and Mark X. Beginning as a hobby, he became a rally co-driver, eventually joining the Sunbeam works team in 1961, taking part in rallies up to International level (once with Roger Clark), but had stopped rallying by 1968. During this time he joined Standard-Triumph in Coventry, in 1961, as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car projects. He then ran the re-opened works motorsport department from 1962 to 1965, this being the period of the birth of Spitfire Le Mans cars, TR4, Vitesse, Spitfire and 2000 rally car developments. Graham Robsons writing began with rally reports for magazines which evolved into a job with Autocar from 1965-1969. He was recruited back to industry at Rootes to run the Product Proving department, then after a brief period in 1972 as technical director of a safety belt company, became an independent motoring writer. Graham has lived by the pen and by the voice ever since, not only writing but commentating, presenting and organising events of all types.