Book Review: TV Cars, by Giles Chapman

TV Cars by Giles Chapman

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If I say ‘Inspector Morse’ to you, I can almost guarantee one of the first things you will think of is Morse’s red Jaguar.

Similarly, The A-Team means a black GMC van and Only Fools And Horses brings to mind a battered old yellow Reliant Regal (it was a Regal, not a Robin).

TV Cars is written by Giles Chapman, a well-known motoring writer. In it, he documents 50 classic television series and the cars with which they will always be identified.

This book is dominated by television series from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, including such gems as Adam Adamant Lives! (which I’d never heard of). Although some more recent series such as Life on Mars (Mk. III Cortina) and The Apprentice (Alan Sugar’s Rolls Royce) are included, there is no doubt that nostalgia is the name of the game here.

For each television series, Chapman takes a look at the cars that starred and the actors who drove them. He also includes a brief  mention of the plots, which will probably be enough to have you hunting for DVD box sets of your favourite old shows. The book is well illustrated with 200 colour photos, and there is enough detail for you to be almost certain of learning something new.

TV Cars is an enjoyable and surprisingly informative look at the cars that have starred in some of our favourite television programmes. It is perfect as a stocking filler or as a self-indulgent treat for car enthusiasts of a certain age.

Buy TV Cars direct from Haynes or on Amazon (Amazon⇒).

Book Information

Title: TV Cars
Author: Giles Chapman
Publisher: Haynes
Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback, 172 x 172mm, 128 pages, 200 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9780857330871

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