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48,349.  Austin was determined to become his own boss.  Paul McGann, The Petrol Age III, Sky Atlantic 2013

 

48,350.  Austin 7s could be made in their thousands.  ibid.

 

48,351.  Land Rover ... something special had been created.  ibid.

 

48,352.  Two-thirds of all Land Rovers ever made are still working.  ibid.

 

48,353.  The Land Rover is the most ubiquitous car in the world.  ibid.

 

48,354.  Jaguar motto – Grace, Space and Pace.  ibid.

 

48,355.  E-Type: added fifties’ cool ... A bit of a bargain: half the price of an Aston Martin.  ibid.

 

48,356.  E-Type sold over 70,000 in its lifetime.  ibid.

 

48,357.  The mini was his masterpiece.  ibid.

 

 

48,358.  Ever since the birth of motoring Britain has frequently led the way.  Paul McGann, The Petrol Age: Trailblazers IV

 

48,359.  In 1935 with over a million cars on Britain's roads traffic fatalities reached over seven thousand.  ibid.

 

48,360.  Sports cars: the best looking was the Austin Healey 100.  ibid.

 

48,361.  The golden age in which Moss raced was also a dangerous one.  (Cars & Motor Racing)  ibid.

 

48,362.  By the 1960s motor racing was becoming a big business.  (Cars & Motor Racing)  ibid.

 

48,363.  Today there simply couldn't be a Colin Chapman.  (Cars & Motor Racing)  ibid.

 

 

48,364.  No other man-made device since the shields and lances of ancient knights fulfils a man’s ego like an automobile.  Lord Rootes 1894-1964, attributed

 

 

48,365.  You have your own company, your own temperature control, your own music – and don’t have to put up with dreadful human beings sitting alongside you.  Steven Norris, British Conservative politician, re cars cf. public transport 1995

 

 

48,173.  When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine.  The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine-block in one piece.

 

Ford replied, ‘Produce it anyway.’  (Engineering & Car & Manufacturing)  Henry Ford

 

 

48,366.  Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.  (Car & Manufacturing)  Henry Ford, My Life and Work

 

 

48,367.  I will build a car for the great multitude.  (Car & Manufacturing)  Henry Ford

 

 

31,604.  British motors weren’t always easy to love ... The Rover SD1 was a national project.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Cars)  Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s III: Goodbye Great Britain 75-77

 

 

48,368.  We are living in an age of German empire … German engineering, German expertise and German exports.  Dominic Sandbrook, Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us, BBC 2013

 

48,369.  The men running British car companies were getting old.  ibid.

 

48,370.  The Mini is probably the most celebrated car in British history.  ibid.

 

48,371.  Leading the blitzkrieg was Volkswagen’s hatchback.  ibid.

 

48,372.  Right from the start BL ran into trouble.  ibid.

 

48,373.  British cars were notorious.  ibid.

 

48,374.  The new Austin Metro – a British car to beat the world.  ibid.  tele advert

 

48,375.  In Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, the BMW badge became a status symbol.  ibid.   

 

48,376.  The Germans didn’t stop with Mini – BMW owned Rolls Royce too.  Even Bentley.  ibid.

 

 

48,377.  This is the story of how motoring came to the masses.  How dictatorships and democracies alike pursued the dream of cars for all.  James May's Cars of the People s1e1, BBC 2014

 

48,378.  The Lovebug has a dark side.  The Beetle's beginnings were mired in scandal.  ibid.

 

48,379.  The first beach buggy was built in 1962.  ibid.

 

48,380.  Lada ... The world’s most derided car.  ibid.

 

 

48,381.  By the second half of the twentieth century the word consumption already had positive connotations.  James May's Cars of the People s1e2

 

48,382.  A bunch of midgets with funny accents.  Welcome to the exciting and occasionally baffling world of the European micro-car.  ibid.

 

48,383.  Reliant’s uniformly gormless range symbolised all that was wrong with the English three-wheeler ... Voted the worst British car in history.  ibid.

 

48,384.  The 2CV is a contemporary of the Beetle ... Truly iconic cars.  ibid.

 

48,385.  This is a Peel Trident ... This one is a fake more modern replica.  ibid.

 

48,386.  Ford Transits ... Over six million ... The most useful vehicle on our roads.  ibid.

 

48,387.  The Transit has helped change the world.  ibid.

 

 

48,388.  Aspiration – the cars we always dreamt about ... Rolls Royce was the chariot of presidents, kings and tycoons.  James May's Cars of the People s1e3

 

48,389.  For decades the British and the Italians were the champions of the small roadster ... The Mazda, the same basic idea, was all the rage.  ibid.

 

 

112,185.  To win a car first you must lose a war.  James May’s Cars of the People s2e1  

 

112,186.  Immediately post-war Britain was the world’s second biggest car maker … The Austin 7 was launched right back in 1972 and was Britain’s very first people’s car.  ibid.  

 

112,187.  The [Morris] Minor though modest was very middle class.  ibid.

 

112,188.  We were basically car racists.  ibid.

 

 

112,202.  A fully loaded supercharged Range Royer – it will cost you around £120,000.  James May’s Cars of the People s2e2

 

112,203.  Lamborginia Aventador … somewhere north of £30,000.  ibid.  

 

112,204.  A World War II Willys jeep … Over 600,000 jeeps were produced during the war.  ibid.

 

112,205.  The Land Cruiser brought with it Toyota’s new approach to car making.  ibid.

 

112,206.  Land Rover – you can drive it into the town … The Land Rover looked cool.  ibid.

 

112,207.  Ford F-150: This blue collar hero comes with true off-road credentials.  ibid.  

 

 

112,208.  The fantasy cars of TV and cinema were formed by our dreams of the car of the future.  James May’s Cars of the People s2e3 

 

112,209.  Model T: Infrastructure, economics, and Ford’s mass production methods then would decisively tip the balance … The petrol age had dawned and its god was the piston engine.  ibid.  

 

112,210.  [Ralph] Nader: what he effectively instigated was legislation covering the design especially the safety features of cars.  ibid. 

 

112,211.  The amphicar’s ahead-of-its-time capabilities.  ibid.  

 

112,212.  Sinclair C5: ‘This is brilliant.  I like it.’  ibid.

 

 

48,390.  Two of motor power’s most innovative pioneers – Karl Benz und Gottlieb Daimler.  Their dream of a fast self-powered road vehicle changed almost every aspect of modern life.  And it helped define the twentieth century.  (Car & Engineering & Industrial Revolution)  Ronald Top, More Industrial Revelations: Europe – Exploding Engines

 

48,391.  When steam-power really got going as a moving force it wasn’t on the roads, it was on the railways.  By the 1860s locomotives were criss-crossing Europe, but on the roads self-powered vehicles were in for a bumpy ride especially in England.  (Car & Steam & Train & Railways & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & England)  ibid. 

 

48,392.  This is a single-cylinder four-stroke engine which uses petrol as a fuel.  (Car & Engineering & Fuel & Industrial Revolution & Petrol)  ibid.

 

48,393.  It was the first time the world saw a motorcycle, and it is the first ever petrol-driven vehicle.  By an amazing coincidence just sixty kilometres away another motor-car pioneer was testing a rival prototype.  Karl Benz had made a fortune making engines for industry but his real goal was to create a car.  And that’s exactly what he did in 1886.  (Car & Engineering & Motorbike & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

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