Park Ward:
The Innovative Coachbuilder
Malcolm Tucker

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Park Ward: The Innovative Coachbuilder
Regular Hardbound Slipcased Edition
Malcolm Tucker


Dalton Watson Fine Books is pleased to announce a major three-volume work on the pre-war history and cars of the great British coachbuilder, Park Ward.

The company was the most prolific coachbuilder on Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis, ultimately completing over 4,300 cars. Volume I and II is the story of Park Ward & Co Ltd. – the men who worked there and the company’s growing relationship with Rolls-Royce Ltd. A photographic record of all the Rolls-Royce models from Silver Ghost to the Wraith that carried Park Ward coachwork is included, along with chapters on the W. O. Bentley cars, and the Rolls-Royce and Bentley experimental cars with Park Ward coachwork. The Derby-built Bentleys follow, supported by chapters on the London Motor Show cars, coachwork on marques other than Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and examples of Park Ward advertising literature and catalogues. An appendix contains a series of articles written by ‘Bill’ Ward, the company founder’s son, entitled ‘The Art and Evolution of Coachbuilding’. Volume III contains extensive tables detailing each of over 3,000 pre-war Park Ward-bodied Rolls-Royce and Bentley, as well as a listing of over 1,000 Park Ward bodies on other marques. In addition, and rarely seen before, there are over 700 sales order pages extracted from Park Ward’s Finishing books.

Amongst the thousands of Rolls-Royce and Bentley chassis numbers found in these books: 27EX, 49TW, 86SK, 117GN, 3BU16, 3DL84, B9AE, B16MR, B38KT, B45BL, B100GA, B91CW, B150HK, B176DG, GNC68, GRC56, GRP4, and WXA4.

Author Malcolm Tucker is a past-Chairman of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, and is an established Rolls-Royce and Bentley historian, writer and ‘after dinner’ speaker. This will be his fourth book for Dalton Watson Fine Books. Malcolm has owned thirty-five Rolls-Royce or Bentley cars, including, for forty-six years, a 1928 20hp faux cabriolet by Park Ward.

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Topics covered include:
  • Park Ward and his company
  • The Cars of W.O. Bentley
  • Rolls-Royce and Derby Bentley Experimental Cars
  • Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
  • Rolls-Royce 20 HP
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom I
  • Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom II
  • Rolls-Royce 25/30 HP
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom III
  • Rolls-Royce Wraith
  • Derby Bentleys
  • Motor Show Cars and more!


Author Biography

Malcolm Tucker has had a lifelong interest in Rolls-Royce cars, having restored several to national concours winning condition. Joining the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club in 1963, he became the club's youngest chairman in 1989. Following which he launched Pinnacle magazine, 'The magazine for International Rolls-Royce and Bentley Owners' on behalf of the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation. He has written five children's books on engineering subjects and edited seven others for Merlion Publishing, a division of Penguin Books. He has contributed to several motoring magazines and was a regular contributor for The Nob Hill Gazette, San Francisco, USA. Park Ward: The Innovative Coachbuilder is the fourth book he has written for Dalton Watson Fine Books, preceded by The Goodwood Phantom, Rust In Peace and The Goodwood Phantom Drophead Coupe.

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5 of 5 A very comprehensive look April 22, 2022
Reviewer: Timothy Lyons from Birmingham, AL United States  
A very comprehensive look at the full range of coachwork from Park Ward.  As is always the case with Dalton Watson, a very well researched and produced book.

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5 of 5 Ask the man who owns one March 1, 2020
Reviewer: CARLOS BARANGUÁ from BARCELONA, Barcelona Spain  
I am the happy owner of many books published by Dalton Watson; I am very satisfied with them. This book is one of the very good books published by Dalton Watson

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5 of 5 Park Ward January 7, 2020
Reviewer: Dominic Lombardo from Latham, NY United States  
An excellent book, as expected ! I have many of your volumes in my library . Let me know when your Kellner Affair goes on sale again as it did on Black Friday! ( I was away !)

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5 of 5 Park Ward -The Innovative Coachbuilder September 17, 2019
Reviewer: Michael Kershaw from Liss, Hampshire United Kingdom  
This is a wonderful presentation of the broad reach of Park Ward down through the pre war years.  Exhaustive but very clearly presented it contains much data not seen before - such as order record cards - and is a natural required must have for any owner of a Park Ward car - your car is incomplete without this reference work to place it in history! It also clearly shows how Park Ward developed beyond the other more conventional coachbuilders, within its relationship with Rolls Royce, even though there is a tendency to look down on it today - the innovative coachbuilder is a truly appropriate description.

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5 of 5 August 14, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  

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