Thursday, 4 June 2009



The Last Real Austins. Those were the days ... The perfect gift for Father's Day (June 21)

The Last Real Austins – 1946-1959, a brand new book by classic car collector, restorer and writer, Colin Peck is the latest in the Those Were the days ... series from Veloce Publishing.

Austin remains unique as the only manufacturer to build everything from small family cars to large luxury limousines; taxicabs and military vehicles; sports cars and trucks. The Last Real Austins places in context how, when and where each model was used.

Published by Veloce at £14.99, this new book examines how Austin bounced back after WWII, and how, despite the severe materials shortage, amazingly, managed to develop the largest range of vehicles produced by any automaker in postwar Britain. How these innovative vehicles were received and used in these markets is detailed, and the book is illustrated with rare archive photography depicting the weird, wonderful and the downright imaginative!

Cars featured, include the bold, if not radical A90 Atlantic, the A40 Cambridge and the wooden-bodied A70 Hampshire Countryman shooting brakes.

Did your dad have one of these great British cars?

This 96-page book is available now from bookshops or from

Veloce books make the ideal Father's Day gift. With subjects ranging from practical do-it-yourself manuals, through marque and model histories to modern and classic motorsport, at prices for every pocket, there will surely be something very special for every dad. Plus, if you subscribe to the free Veloce Newsletter 'On the Grid' at before Father's Day, June 21, you will get details on how to claim a special Father's Day discount as a registered Newsletter reader.