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During the 1950s and 1960s, the car became a worldwide symbol of prosperity and industrial exper-tise, while technical advances led to a period of rapid devel-opment in design and technol-ogy. This book covers the complex developments in the automo-bile field during those two decades, from the most basic family models to the top-of-the-range cars. There are chapters on the technical innovations —for example, showing how mod-ern materials helped designers to adapt to the fashions of the time — as well as in-depth cover-age of major improvements in areas like handling, mechanical performance and comfort. Michael Sedgwick also exam-ines the motor industry in each of the major manufacturing countries and reviews automo-bile marketing in the period, contrasting the often colourful advertising claims of the cna-nufacturers with their actual cars. The specialist machines are also discussed, from major sports cars to the development of the "home-built" kit-car. With a wealth of information the author builds up a picture of what it was like to make, own and use a car during these energetic years. The authori-tative text is complemented by over 350 illustrations — many in colour — which bring the mechanical and aesthetic as-pects of the cars back to life and provide the automobile enthu-siast and the collector with a comprehensive history of a per-iod which covers the pro-duction life of many cars now regarded as classics.