Speed is not everything: elegance and adventure are just as important. These three books, with beautiful cars, a magical train and some hair-raising aeronautical escapades, will appeal to all transport enthusiasts, armchair or otherwise.
CLASSIC CARS: A Century of Masterpieces
Simon de Burton
From the Citroen 2CV to the Aston Martin Lagonda, each decade from the thirties onwards has produced milestone cars. Not necessarily the fastest, rarest or most valuable, these are the truly desirable cars of the past century. This magnificent book, with details of each car and sumptuous photographs, does these vehicles full justice.
ORIENT EXPRESS: The Story of a Legend
The Orient Express was the first train to connect Paris to Istanbul, opening vistas of the East and all its exotic wonders and quickly earning the title ‘the king of trains, the train of kings’. Transporting the reader back to the golden age of travel, with nearly three hundred illustrations and a wealth of stories (real and fictional), this book is a worthy tribute to a legendary train.
TAKING TO THE AIR: An Illustrated History of Flight
From winged medieval visionaries jumping from towers to supersonic jets and rockets, this is a story of dreams coming true, or spectacularly crashing to earth. It focuses on the spectators and passengers, seeing flight as a spectacle and performance, and is illustrated with woodcuts, photographs, paintings, postcards and posters from the British Library’s enormous collection.
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