Author: Jonathan Wood
Publisher: James Hinchliffe & Annabel Sleigh
In this carefully researched, readable book, awarded the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Thomas McKean Cup, award-winning motoring historian Jonathan Wood recounts the history of Rippon Bros, a family coachbuilding business established in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1870. Renowned for quality of its coachwork and closely allied with Rolls-Royce for most of its corporate life, Rippon survived until 1970. It's bodies, created by some of the trade's finest craftsmen, also featured on examples of the best British and Continental makes of their day, with Bentley, Daimler, Delage, Railton and Renault chassis being so enhanced. Copiously illustrated with hundreds of rare contemporary photographs of Rippon-bodied cars and containing comprehensive appendices, this book also takes the reader behind the scenes at the company's state-of-the-art Edwardian works. Commissioned by the Rippon family, Wood has complemented documentary records with diligent research to compile the complete story.