Austerity Motoring 1939 - 1950 (Paperback)

By Andrew Lane

Shire, 9780852638415, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2010



This book covers motoring in the 1940s, the bleakest period in the brief history of the motor car. It was a time of war, deprivation and austerity when, for almost a decade, car development stood still. Wartime motorists faced petrol and tyre rationing, the hazards of the blackout and restricted areas, but they provided invaluable service to the community. Peace in 1945 brought further austerity measures and restrictions because the British economy was dominated by the need to export.

About the Author

Andrew Lane was a history teacher before becoming Education and Research Officer at the National Motor Museum and a member of the museums' Advisory Council. His particular interest is the social history of motoring and he has written three children's books on motoring, the National Motor Museum's guide book and museum information booklets for students. He is now the Curator of the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.