Kim:
A Biography of M.G. Founder Cecil Kimber
Jon Pressnell

Kim: A Biography of M.G. Founder Cecil Kimber by Jon Pressnell
 
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Kim: A Biography of M.G. Founder Cecil Kimber
by Jon Pressnell

Now Available Worldwide

M.G., the world’s most-loved make of sports car, was created in the 1920s by Cecil Kimber – invariably known as Kim. Rising above disability, with his energy, enthusiasm and vision Kimber became a leading figure in the British motor industry.

Initially placing sporty bodies on Morris chassis, within a few years he had built M.G. into the leading European manufacturer of sports cars, with an impressive record of competition successes.

He survived industrial upheaval only to fall victim to the venomous internal politics of M.G.’s parent company. Sacked from his high-profile job, he was preparing to bounce back when he lost his life in a needless accident.

Respected businessman, wayward husband, fallible parent – Cecil Kimber was a man of surprising contrasts. Here for the first time is the colourful story of the man behind those famous initials.

  • 536 pages
  • Hard cover with dust jacket
  • 290mm x 254mm (landscape format)
  • 750 images
  • ISBN: 978-1-956309-11-9
  • First Published 2023
Author Biography

Jon Pressnell

Jon Pressnell is a journalist and auto-motive historian. Best known for his contributions to Classic & Sports Car magazine, for which he has written since the 1980s, he has a reputation as a rigorous and original researcher. Amongst his books are histories of the Mini, the Citroën Traction Avant and DS, and the Austin-Healey. His groundbreaking Morris – The Cars and the Company won the 2014 Michael Sedgwick Award presented by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain. More recently he has authored The Lamborghini Miura for Kidston SA of Geneva and Marcel Pourtout – Carrossier for Dalton Watson Fine Books, both these titles winning major awards. Jon Pressnell lives in south-west France and works additionally as a book editor and editorial consultant. An M.G. owner for more than 30 years, he has a particular interest in the marque.


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5 of 5 December 17, 2023
Reviewer: James Earl from Cavendish, VIC Australia  
A good book well researched and edited,it fills a lot of gaps in Kimbers life story and puts it into perspective with other characters he interacted with far more dynamics than I was expecting,well done

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5 of 5 Kim, by Jon Pressnell November 6, 2023
Reviewer: Randy Forbes from Parrish, FL United States  
"Kim" is an outstanding, interesting, and captivating read!

I am currently on page 461 (of 536) and I'm having a hard time putting it down (its substantial heft does encourage one to take a rest periodically).  

The rich feel and quality of the pages, plus the construction of the binding all contribute to more than justify the book's cost, let alone the considerable research and referenced material.

I bought my first MG, a brand new 1973 MGB, and almost immediately purchased a copy of "THE MAGIC OF MG" by Mike Allison and have been collecting books on the marque ever since, but I had known precious little about The Man who started it all!

Thank you, Mr. Pressnell, for such an entertaining and enlightening history of Kim, and congratulations on your award for MOTORING BOOK OF THE YEAR!

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5 of 5 Well recommended September 13, 2023
Reviewer: SVEN ORDELL from Motala, Sweden  
A well reseached book with many period family pictures, many never seen before, and an inspiring text. Most inspiring and entertaining.

I was pleasantly surprised that it was shipped from within the EU, which avoided many hassles with customs.

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5 of 5 At last a book on Cecil Kimber July 11, 2023
Reviewer: Matthias Schulze from Mühlacker , Baden-Württemberg Germany  
This book was overdue! Jon Pressnel did a great job describing Cecil Kimber´s life in every detail. A lot of research must have gone into it.

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