“In this carefully researched, readable book, 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 the quality of its coachwork and closely allied with Rolls-Royce for most of its corporate life, Rippon survived until 1970. Its 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 interviews with many of the company’s former employees to provide an all-important human ingredient to the story. It will appeal to all those fascinated by the lost world of coachbuilding and Britain’s rich industrial past.