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Rootes Story - The Making of A Global Automotive Empire

By Geoff Carverhill

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ISBN: 9781785004797
PUBLISHED: 05/11/2018
PAGES: 240
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 280x215 mm
INSIDE: 52 colour photographs and 361 black & white photographs

The Rootes Story - The Making of a Global Automotive Empire traces the meteoric rise of the two Rootes brothers, William and Reginald, development of one of Britain's most important motor vehicle manufacturers.

The Rootes Group acquired some of the most famous names in the British motor industry: Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam and Singer cars, as well as Commer and Karrier commercial vehicles. Over the years, some of the models built by Rootes would become household names: the Hillman Minx, Humber Super Snipe, Sunbeam Alpine, Singer Gazelle, Commer Superpoise and Karrier Bantam.

In its heyday in the late 1950s, Rootes was the fourth largest manufacturer of cars and trucks in Britain, exporting to over 180 countries worldwide, becoming a global automotive empire. In this book, the people and various companies involved with Rootes are profiled, as are the cars and commercial vehicles built by them, with specifications of principal models. Personal insight from employees is given along with valuable contributions from the Rootes family themselves.

The Rootes Story: The Making of a Global Automotive Empire was one of the six shortlisted titles for the RAC Motoring Book of the Year Award 2019.

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Latest Reviews
" The number of key British marques under the Rootes banner was the envy of the world. This wonderfully researched title will keep the reader entertained... especially the chapters on the 1950s, the Group's heyday "
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Reviewed By: Christian Whitehead - Foyles

" This is a very well researched history profusely illustrated with excellent photographs, many from the Rootes and Coventry archives, together with advertising material. "
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Reviewed By: Auto Tradition

" A definitive reference work that will never outstay its welcome. "
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Reviewed By: Classic Car Weekly

" Carverhill has compiled about as much original and incisive research as it is possible to conceive in a single volume. The Rootes Story is well worth a place in any enthusiast's bookcase. "
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Reviewed By: The Automobile

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