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If we all owned the car that was most suitable for our requirements, no one would ever buy a sports car. Yet almost every car driver does, at some point, lust after the chance to experience the sense of freedom and excitement that only a sports car can provide.
Sports Cars is the latest in the First Gear series from car specialists Motorbooks. As with all the other books in the First Gear series, Sports Cars is beautifully photographed.
Each car gets four pages, including a written introduction and a selection of photographs that usually includes interior and engine bay shots as well as exterior pictures. The cars selected are primarily European models, although some American models are also included.
Sports Cars is divided into chronological sections, starting with vintage sports cars (1918-1939) and continuing up to the present day. The book contains enough technical information to satisfy most people’s curiosity, without becoming bogged down in detail and jargon.
The Lamborghini Miura – the car that made Lamborghini’s reputation – is present and correct in Sports Cars, as are any number of other legendary cars – such as the Ferrari F40, the 1930s 4.5-litre supercharged ‘Blower Bentley’ (as driven by James Bond in the original Ian Fleming books), and the Mazda MX-5, a true sports car that is manages to be both affordable and reliable.
Author James Mann is a well known automotive photographer and is obviously a genuine expert and enthusiast – his passion for these cars is evident throughout the book.
Sports Cars would make an excellent Christmas stocking filler for car enthusiasts of any age.
Title: Sports Cars
Author: James Mann
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Series: First Gear