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The Story of the Car

The Story of the Car

A beautifully illustrative history of the world’s most iconic and popular cars of all time. Perfect for children and adult motoring fans alike!

Cars do so much more than get us from A to B: they are vehicles of beauty that allow drivers to determine their own destination. Trace their extraordinary history in this gorgeously illustrated guide, from Benz’s first motor wagon to the jet-propelled ThrustSSC. Along the way, discover how the social upheavals of the past 140 years diverted the car’s journey: two world wars, economic crashes, the digital revolution and more. Finally, explore the fantastical cars that have been imagined in film and the incredible vehicles that await us in the future.

If you liked The Car Book, Fifty Cars that Changed the World and Car Science, you’ll love The Story of the Car.

Written by acclaimed motor expert Giles Chapman, and beautifully illustrated by the Us Now design studio, this is a visual treat for anyone who is fascinated by cars.

The Story of the Car is the start of a groundbreaking series of stunning books on the social history of transport, with The Story of Flight and The Story of Space Travel to follow.
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Reviews

...this fascinating book about the history of cars feels well overdue. It's not a subject that has received much attention in children's nonfiction, despite a great interest among young readers for knowing how cars work but also why they were made, and in what context... The stylish, 20s style illustration gives it strong visual appeal for boys and girls, and would be a fantastic book to use either in school projects or to share at home with other motoring enthusiasts in the family.
Book Trust
An ideal gift for the baby petrolheads in the family. Well written and comprehensive, as well as being easy on the eye. It's bound to become a bedtime favourite of kids big and small.
EVO
Giles Chapman has managed to condense nearly 250 years worth of autmotive history into just 48 charmingly illustrated pages.
Octane
Giles Chapman is a leading motor expert and the book is wide-ranging and thorough. Highly recommended for KS2 children through to adults.
The English Association
Giles Chapman has come up with a fantastic book covering the complete history of the automobile... The illustrations, by the Us Now team, are really sleek and wonderful too... this was a truly awesome book to flick through, nicely presented and perfect for kids who are just getting into cars themselves.
Read it Daddy
It's visually attractive. It's accurately written. It's pleasingly comprehensive. It's also able to teach the adult things he didn't know.
The Bookbag