The Straight Eight Engine
Powering Premium Automobiles

The Straight Eight Engine: Powering Premium Automobiles by Keith Ray
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The Straight Eight Engine
Powering Premium Automobiles
Keith Ray

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This is the first book specifically about automobiles with straight eight engines that have become amongst the most sought-after, collectible, and valuable vehicles of all time. In Britain and Europe, the straight eight was always a rare, expensive car, but in the United States, the engine also found its way into the mainstream ‘midrange’ market in basic side-valve form.

First appearing in a road car in the 1920s, the engine grew quickly in popularity, and flourished throughout the 1930s and the early 1940s, but by the 1950s only a small handful were available, including some Packards, Pontiacs and Daimlers, as well as the exclusive Rolls-Royce Phantom IV. New straight eights will almost certainly never again be seen on the road, replaced today by the V8 engines.

Within these pages is a comprehensive survey of the different cars that were produced and the variations in the many styles of engines. Each model is illustrated with contemporary and period photographs.

  • Hard cover in dust jacket
  • 219mm x 290mm
  • 404 pages, 479 images
  • 15 MyRewards points

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Author Biography
Keith Ray was born in Cheshire in the North West of England, but has spent his entire adult life ‘down south’. He studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, where engineering was quaintly known as mechanical sciences. It was whilst studying engineering that he realised he did not want to be a career engineer, believing that in terms of engineering he was born at least 100 years too late! So instead he undertook post graduate studies as the University’s Judge Business School, gaining a PhD along the way. This was followed by a career in management consultancy, in which for the last 26 years of employment he set up and ran the internal consultancy within one of the world’s largest food businesses. Upon ‘retiring’ at the age of 56 he set up his own consultancy company, specialising in the food industries in China and Saudi Arabia, and becoming a founding director of three local consulting businesses in those regions. READ MORE >>

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5 of 5 The Straight Eight Engine. November 22, 2020
Reviewer: Max Lewis from Moonee Ponds, Victoria Australia  
Pretty near perfect. The landscape format is a winner. I love this. Only a glimpse at the moment but it is now in my list of my top 100 books. DW publications to a title are all in there.

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5 of 5 November 21, 2020
Another excellent book, shipped fast and with care. AAAA+++++++

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