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Ian Allan Transport Library: Daimler
Ian Allan

Ian Allan Transport Library: Daimler

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In this latest addition to the 'Ian Allan Transport Library' series, the well-respected transport writer Alan Townsin provides a pictorial history of the Daimler company, its buses and related products from the earliest days of motor vehicles at the end of the 19th century until bus output stopped in 1980.

Daimler is one of the famous names of the British commercial motor industry. Even though its origins can be traced to the great German pioneer Gottlieb Daimler, the business founded in Coventry in 1896 soon became independent. Although the Daimler name is still used in Britain on cars, the commercial vehicle business, which became a separate company in the 1930s, has disappeared along with numerous other once-famous marques, although many preserved Daimler buses still survive.

For many years Daimler was one of the most significant names in the British bus manufacturing industry and, for a time, mainly during World War I, was a major lorry maker. Trolleybuses were also built from the late 1930s until the 1950s, although on a much smaller scale. Output of Daimler bus chassis continued for over 70 years, during which time many innovations were made, most notably the combination of the fluid flywheel and epicyclic gearbox. This was standard on Daimler buses from 1931 and pointed the way towards the automatic transmission almost universal on today's buses. The combination of fluid transmission and the Gardner diesel engine proved highly successful from 1934 and, although Daimler later introduced its own diesel engine, in the postwar era the Gardner-engined CVG6 was to be the main model until the 1960s. Emphasis then swung to the rear-engined layout and Daimler's most successful bus, the Fleetline, had become standard when output was transferred to Leyland in 1973, continuing there until 1980, although latterly the type was badged as Leyland.

Incorporating many fascinating photographs, the author's erudite commentary covers the great variety of bus designs to have emerged from the Coventry works, both successful and less so, as well as its forays into other 'commercial vehicle types.

Comprehensive in its coverage and profusely illustrated throughout, Ian Allan Transport Library: Daimler is a glorious tribute to one of the great lost names of the British motor industry. It will appeal to bus enthusiasts and transport historians alike.

Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9780711027183

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