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The Spirit of BMW

50 Reasons Why We Love Them

Vaughan Grylls



ISBN: 9781849948036

Price: £ 12.99

Publication date: 25 May 2023

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Publication date: 11 May 2023

Category: Heritage

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A glorious exploration of BMW, one of the greatest car brands of all time, with dynamic photography and lively text that explains why people love them.

Known as ‘the ultimate driving machine’, BMW is one of the world’s most prestigious car brands. Renowned for their smooth handling, precision engineering and sleek looks, BMWs pair driving comfort with powerful engines. Originally formed during the first world war, the company reached new heights of popularity in the 1960s and is still going strong today.

This captivating book outlines all the most iconic BMW models, from their first car, the Dixi of 1927, to today’s high-performance models, including the beautiful 1955 507 roadster, the instantly recognisable 2002 from the 1960s, and the iconic E30 M3, first manufactured in the mid-1980s. Each evocative vintage photograph is accompanied by insightful explanation.

The ideal gift for every car enthusiast, whether they’re a BMW owner or just aspire to be, this beautifully illustrated book conveys perfectly the joys of this classic brand.


Vaughan Grylls is a photographer, author and artist. His photography has been shown in the Photographers’ Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Arnolfini. He is represented in several public collections, including the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, the Contemporary Art Society, Pfizer, Unilever and the Arts Council of Wales. From 1996 to 2005 Grylls was Chief Executive of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he founded the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, and serves as Emeritus Professor. He is the author and photographer of Oxford Then and Now, Cambridge Then and Now, Hong Kong Then and Now and Singapore Then and Now



‘BMW has created some incredible drivers’ cars, and this book does a good job of giving a whistle-stop tour through them. Given the low price, it’s nicely produced, well written and concise’ 

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‘A bright, well designed and equally enjoyable book [to its sister title]'

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