Art Deco and British Car Design

The Airline Cars of the 1930s

Art Deco and British Car Design
Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781845845223
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The Art Deco movement influenced design and marketing in many different industries in the 1930s, and the British motor industry of the  was no exception.  This fascinating book is divided into two parts; the first explains and illustrates the Art Deco styling elements that link these streamlined car designs, describing their development, their commonality, and their unique aeronautical names, and is liberally illustrated with contemporary images. The book then goes on to portray British streamlined production cars made between 1933 and 1936, illustrated with color photographs of surviving cars. This is a unique account of a radical era in automotive design.

The author

Barrie Down has had a fascination with cars from as early as he can remember, and his childhood drawings were almost exclusively cars, cars, and more cars. Those he owned as an impecunious bachelor were from the 1920s and ‘30s, from which he gained a healthy respect for the design and quality of vintage and thoroughbred cars. After emigrating to Canada in 1964, he spent over 20 years in the industrial design field, concerned primarily with transportation design. From his art historian wife, he learned to link design and social history, and discovered that the design of the cars he loved were strongly influenced by Art Deco.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781845845223
Illustrations: 214 color & b-w ill
Size: 8 in x 10 in x 0.437 in / 203.2 mm x 254 mm x 11.112 mm

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