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


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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5 of 5 Kellner Affair (Standard Edition) March 30, 2024
Reviewer: Tim Y. from Rochester, MI United States  
A massive, highly informative 3-volume masterpiece of over 1,000 pages that roughly covers the period from WWI to post WWII covering coachbuilding and the intrigue between the Free French, Vichy French and Germans in WWII that's worthy of a feature film.  The first two volumes contain the primary text while the 3rd features document scans (mainly in French and German, summarized in the text), and a great portfolio of Kellner coachwork.  Binding is very high end but I wished for dust jackets to keep them clean.  Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 Superb book December 21, 2023
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Edinburgh, Midlothian United Kingdom  
So far, I have only read the first of the three volumes. Itis comprehensive and informative and very good reading.
I enjoy the author’s sense of humour - he occasionally makes comments which are to the point and really quite funny.
Looking forward to Volumes 2 and 3.

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5 of 5 December 15, 2023
Reviewer: daniel predoi from Dacula, GA United States  
Amazing book. So well documented . An amazing wealth of great information about Kellner ,this talented designer and coachbuilder who was great patriot, as well, ultimately paying with his life for fighting against german occupation .

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5 of 5 kellner affair September 2, 2022
Reviewer: Adam Kincaid from Hamilton victoria, Victoria Australia  
very good informative books .

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4 of 5 History book May 1, 2022
Reviewer: Adrian Ogi from Bern, Bern Switzerland  
This is not only a car book, this is a history book.

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