A PRIVATE CAR
An Account of the Bristol
By L.J.K. Setright
Awarded the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy by the Guild of Motoring Writers 1999. Setrightï¿½s Bristol book is essentially an account of all cars that have borne the name Bristol. It is written in the established Setright style, which is meant to be highly literate, comfortably personal, appropriately technical, adequately anecdotal, mildly scholarly, gently judgmental, and entirely honest.
Richard Newton, Michael Bailie and Julian Calder were specially commissioned to photograph 40 cars for inclusion in the book, in full colour. Other illustrations include early photographs of Bristol trams, aircraft and other products, of people associated with the company, and even of the 1940 Blitz.
The book is available in two editions, each published in a two-volume set measuring 333mm x 290mm each. The Word is over 200 pages and contains the full text. The Image is over 280 pages and contains all the pictures including some 411 photographs.
Limited to 900 numbered copies, bound in buckram and presented in a cloth slipcase.
Limited to 100 numbered copies, handbound in leather with an aluminium plaque with the number of the book on the front, encased in a drop-back presentation box featuring a Bristol badge.