The Kellner Affair:
Matters of Life and Death
Peter M. Larsen
and Ben Erickson

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The Kellner Affair: Matters of Life and Death
Hardbound Edition
by Peter M. Larsen and Ben Erickson

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The Kellner Affair tells the fascinating story of some of the most influential people in the French luxury car business before the War and how they came together and fought bravely against the Nazi occupation force in Paris. It tells how they formed a resistance group and gathered intelligence ̶ how they were betrayed by double agents, and how they were executed in 1942.

These people included the famous coachbuilder Jacques Kellner, the designer Georges Paulin, and Walter Sleator, the director of Rolls-Royce France, who survived. The book goes deeply into their talent, their work, their lives, their cars, their loved ones and relies on newly discovered archive material as well as private documents that have never previously been published.

The Kellner Affair is the first factual account of these tragic and gripping events: what happened, how it happened, who was to blame, who was punished, and who was not.

Volumes I and II also include an in-depth discussion of aerodynamic cars, the famous streamlined designs of Georges Paulin, and the duplicitous way in which Walter Sleator assumed control of Rolls-Royce France after the Liberation. In addition, Volume III contains a large portfolio of period images of Kellner-bodied cars such as Hispano-Suiza, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Farman, and many more, along with period articles and a wealth of design drawings as well as facsimile reprints of Kellner brochures. The USB flashdrive in Volume III links to 401 pages of scanned source and reference material that document the book.

  • 3-volume fabric-bound with inlaid photo (includes bonus material on USB)
  • Fabric-bound slipcase
  • Page count: 1,056
  • Flash Drive: 401 pages (click here for USB drive/stick instructions)
  • Total images: 1,568
  • Flash Drive: 388 images
  • Limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by the authors
  • Luxurious leatherbound edition
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Author Biography

Peter M. Larsen
Born in 1954, Peter Larsen has been a chronic gearhead all his life. Together with Ben Erickson, he is the author of Talbot-Lago Grand Sport: The Car from Paris and Jacques Saoutchik, Maître Carrossier. He is currently working on Joseph Figoni, Le Grand Couturier de la Carrosserie Automobile. Read more about Peter M. Larsen


Ben Erickson
Born in 1975, Ben Erickson was doodling cars long before he could read and write. In addition to being a connoisseur of the grand French classics, he is a Maseratisti having owned a number of Maserati and has a special interest in all things Iso as well as Swedish and American cars from the challenging years in the 1970s and 1980s when, as Ben says, “They did the best with what they had”. Read more about Ben Erickson


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4 of 5 Great book January 7, 2021
Reviewer: Robert N from New York, NY United States  
Lots of great history.

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5 of 5 As advertised December 24, 2020
Reviewer: Chris Chanslor from Dallas, TX United States  
I got exactly what I ordered in very good time. It arrived quickly and right when I was told that it would.

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5 of 5 December 15, 2020
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5 of 5 KELLNER AFFAIR December 1, 2020
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5 of 5 The Kellner Affair November 30, 2020
Reviewer: Chris Beach from Oxfordshire United Kingdom  
An extremely readable and informative publication. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this 3 vol set. The author has accomplished an enormous amount of research and dispels a few myths along the way.  Explains and sets the scene beautifully with regard to pre-war automobile coach builders and then the intricate plots and associations that evolved in France during and after the occupation.  Extremely well illustrated as well.  A superb effort.

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