A century of 26 exceptional designs. Author Graham Hull, designer of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars for 30 years, believes vehicles associated with extreme niches, luxury, performance or economy are fascinating. Regardless of being built in millions or not, one litmus test is applied: was the vehicle an exceptional solution? The fruits of Formula 1 'laboratories' and backstreet lock-ups alike face similar scrutiny - Lamborghini or 2CV being equally relevant.
The 1911 Morgan three-wheeler, still in production 100 years on, proves the potency of an original concept. Whether for austerity, off-road, competition or social status, this book follows vehicle rationales where the backdrop is the power of creativity - individuals and teams rattling the cage of convention and winning their place in automotive history. Whether the Tyrrell's four-wheel bogie, or the Bond's mechanical 'pony,' such cars bear witness to ingenuity, and the world would be a poorer place without the striving of their creators.
The author's commitment to original artwork captures the vehicles aesthetically, often technically and also in action. Each chapter gives a sense of the commercial and social background, and of the design's use, and the author's, and others, personal testimonies support this fascinating journey through some fascinating car designs.
Graham Hull studied Industrial Design at Harrow School of Art, and the Central School of Art and Design, London, sponsored by Chrysler UK, under Roy Axe, on the Royal College of Art Automotive Design course. He joined Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Crewe, as as Stylist, in 1971, becoming Chief Stylist and head of Department in 1984. His career at Crewe spanned 30 years. Apart from all Crewe studio projects, he has worked with various consultants and design houses, on all manner of projects, including special limited production orders, ranging from Head of State limousines, to two-seater sports cars.
Graham has worked in France, Germany, Italy and America, and his work has appeared in the international design press. In his spare-time he has been involved in three of his own project vehicles, has continued to illustrate cars, and has made several eighth-scale models.