Design to Driveway is a series of limited edition books that celebrate Australia’s rich automotive design heritage. Using rare factory images, volumes 1 and 2 of these hard cover books trace the styling evolution of some of Australia’s most popular cars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s – from first sketches through to final product. The demise of Australian manufacturing marked a significant and heartfelt milestone in our local automotive history.
Shannons have commissioned the Design to Driveway series of books as part of their ongoing contribution to the Australian motoring enthusiast community, believing this was an appropriate time to put on record the rich heritage of some of our best-loved vehicles and the people that designed them. The first volume of Design to Driveway sets the scene and introduces many of the key stylists who designed our cars during this period. Its chapters cover the development of the FB Holden, HK Holden sedan and Brougham and the XR Ford Falcon GT. Also covered are the VH Valiant sedan, CH Chrysler by Chrysler, HQ sedan, Statesman, XA Falcon sedan and ZF Fairlane. These early 1970’s vehicles once defined the Australian car market and are the last example of when the “Big Three” would offer all new models, all with similar dimensions, all aimed at the same car buyers and all within a 12-month time period.
The second volume of Design to Driveway recalls the time when the “Big Three” in Australia each designed and marketed an affordable and stylish two door coupe. It was a unique and exciting era that we’ll never forget. Its chapters reveal the many design proposals and the stories behind the development of the HK/HT/HG Monaro coupe, the HQ/HJ/HX Monaro coupe, the VH Valiant Charger and Chrysler by Chrysler hardtop, the XA Falcon coupe, P4 Landau and the LH/LX Torana sedan and hatchback.
The Design to Driveway series of books are researched and authored by Retroautos editor, David Burrell, and proudly commissioned by Shannons.
Restricted to 750 individually numbered copies, these books will never be re-printed, making them highly sought after by enthusiasts of our Aussie car history.
Design to Driveway Volumes 1 & 2 are available for order at shannons.com.au/club. Deliveries will commence from 18th January, 2019. Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery.
Due to the strictly limited nature of this release please order now to ensure you don’t miss out.
The books are proudly printed in Australia.