This is a celebration of the motor car from 1945 to 1985. It is a comprehensive visual reference of every important international marque from A to Z, highlighting some of the most significant cars of the century: the Ferrari Daytona, the Lincoln Continental, the Rover 2000, the VW Beetle and the much-loved Mini. It is the ultimate book for all classic car enthusiasts, homage to the classic car, an emblem of individualism, and the quintessential symbol of the 20th century. It is a guide to the most important models made between 1945 and 1985, with over 900 photographs augmented by extensive and wide-ranging text. Contemporary images of classic cars and their owners show the models in their social and historical context. This is a history of the evolution of the motor car, with special features on design, technology, social use, and more. This is the ultimate guide to the automobile, in the defining years from 1945 to 1985, the period that for many marks the pinnacle in automotive engineering and design style. Full descriptions, history and technical information accompany every entry, making this a most authoritative and comprehensive guide. The history of the development of the car is covered in detail - the milestone models, leading designers, engineers and manufacturers and the evolution of the classic car. This book is a definitive gallery of classic cars, and the ultimate reference for every enthusiast, collector and lover of this miracle of modern engineering.