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Rootes Cars of the 50s, 60s & 70s – Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam & Talbot – A Pictorial History

Rootes Cars of the 50s, 60s & 70s – Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam & Talbot – A Pictorial History

By David Rowe
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V4993 • 21x14.8cm • 168 pages • 1083 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845849-93-1

£ 16.99 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Detailed model-by-model comparisons
• Extensively illustrated with colour photographs
• Includes body and styling differences
• Lists colour scheme options
• Detailed technical information
• Standard and optional equipment details
• Dashboard instrument layouts and photographs
• Includes export models
• Covers cars built using Rootes car components


Rootes Cars of the 50s, 60s & 70s is the only full-colour comprehensive guide to all Rootes models, built from 1950 until the end of production in the 1970s. Featuring saloons, convertibles and estates, model by model comparison guides and detailed technical information this is an invaluable Rootes resource.


The Rootes Group, although only achieving a 10-12 per cent market share, were the sixth largest British car manufacturer: more importantly, during the 1950s, more than half the cars they produced were exported. With every model produced from 1950 onwards featured in full colour and with detailed information – including colour schemes, optional equipment, technical specifications, plus other manufacturers’ cars built using Rootes components – this is the ultimate book for all Hillman, Humber, Singer and Sunbeam enthusiasts. Cars produced by Chrysler/Talbot and Peugeot after their acquisition of the Rootes Group are also included.
This book includes hundreds of original photographs, taken by the author at many car shows over a number of years, and provides a unique pictorial history of Rootes-manufactured cars.

Independent Reviews

David Rowe has presented a super book on the subject in pictorial form although goes into great detail model-by-model, year-by-year. A cracking read, albeit one with a real dual purpose appeal and should be regarded as the reference work on the subject matter.
Total Kit Car

As a reference book, it is valuable ... the book is a thick paperback work to dip into to confirm whether that car you saw was a Humber or a Singer.

A delightful reference for Rootes enthusiasts.
Classic Car Weekly

A very useful research tool.
Classic & Sports Car

It’s a great credit to the author that in all this I could spot no errors. Perhaps with the present giving season approaching, now is the time  for a few broad hints!
Motor Cycling Club

For enthusiasts of the Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam and Talbot marques over these three decades, this 168 page softcover book is a treat! … So, if you want to know the tyre sizes for a Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Mark 2, the fuel tank capacity of a Rapier Mark 5, or tank capacity of a Rapier Mark 5, or in which markets the Sunbeam Arrow was sold, then this is the book for you!
Classic Driver

What a super little book! ... Small enough to fit in most classic car glove lockers this is an impressive little tome that could easily be a blueprint for similar marque/model books to build-up some mini-marque library. Indeed this dinky dictionary, this enchanting encyclopaedia, this hand-crafted handbook has got me so excited that my voice has grown quite Husky in shouting its praises.
Big End / All Torque

Additional Information

With exports sometimes exceeding home market sales, Rootes cars can be found all over the world.

More information than you will find on the Internet!

Includes cars built using Rootes car components.


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