Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The British Motor Industry (Shire Library) Paperback – May 25, 2010

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$12.35 $6.14

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Shire Library
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074780768X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747807681
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Award-winning author Jonathan Wood's Wheels of Misfortune: The Rise and Fall of the British Motor Industry, (1988) received accolades in both Britain and America. In 2006 he presented the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture on Sir Alec Issigonis, creator of the Morris Minor and the Mini. He is the author of over 35 books, including several past titles for Shire.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've been writing about the fall of British Leyland for some time... putting bits I knew with those I learned. Then I came across this book, which after TRYING to read it, I gave up more than a few times! It's out of order, the dates are here and there, the man from Ford (who wrote it) doens't seem to know his Leyland cars very well. I learned a few things, but in general it's not fun to read.

My problem is... my dad joined the Rover Motor Company of North America Ltd in Feb 1960(he retired 3-days before Ford took over Jaguar Cars Inc in 1989). Based in South San Francisco, CA (and NY City) he was the Service Manager and later Product Development Engineer under Bruce McWilliams. in 67 Rover merged with Leyland... I even worked there as a high school kid at the port and later as an engineer for Land Rover... so now you know my back ground in short. This book wanders about instead of getting to the point, that being; Leyland management (Stokes & Company) had no business running Leyland... the British economy tanked & the British Gov made matters worse when they changed money (which was devalued) , but it was the unions and their workers (oxy moron, as the didn't want to work, in fact they would sabotage cars they shipped to America... like 600 TR7s on one ship sent to Benicia, CA and every one had a blown head gasket because no one did up the bolts! SO I changed head gaskets for weeks! and the American arm of BL sent UK the bill!) that killed the British auto industry, not Thatcher!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?