ISBN 1 902702 05 0
246 x 170mm
When Rodney Dale was 11 years old, his father brought a 4.5-litre vintage Bentley chassis. Over a period, the chassis acquired a body and, as soon as petrol became available (at 1/10d per gallon!) the Dale family became post-war motorists.
That Bentley was followed by several others - and a string of Rolls-Royces, Daimlers and many lesser cars among which the author spent his formative years. With its evocative illustrations and fund of amusing stories, Halcyon Days introduces many of these cars - including the Armstrong-Siddeley perpetually overtaken by cyclists; the 6.5-litre Bentley brought for £80 and now - several owners later - for sale at £300,000; the Rolls-Royce sports hearse; the Cluley with three reverse speeds; and the author's own Rover 8.
'The best motoring book I've ever read' - Roger Armstrong, Cluley Registrar
'The best book I've ever read' - Mervyn Salmons, Aldreth Service Station