Synopses & Reviews
Interest and fascination in these novel cars has meant that Micro vehicles have become significant collectibles over the past decade, yet information published on micro trucks has been almost non-existent. Old brochures printed by numerous micro car builders depict various truck versions available. In the case of Iso everything from hook and ladder to vans to pickups were featured, but in many cases no examples were thought to have been built beyond the prototype stage. Full color photography, text and specs describe never before seen Iso production micro trucks, as well as featuring the changes necessitated in converting the production Iso Isetta into a micro truck. Rare Topolino Fiat vans ready for full restoration are also shown. Whereas very few 1950 Fiat 500 Topolino C Furgone models exist, there is only one known 1948 Fiat 500 Topolino B Furgone believed to have survived. For micro car enthusiasts wanting to expand their collection this volume includes the more commonly available micro trucks from Autobianchi, Vespa and Diahatsu along with helpful hints on restoration. Illustrated with 91 color photos, many of them of micro trucks you've probably never seen before.
route66chronicles.blogspot.com, October 2008
Veloce Publishing publishes a wide array of interesting books such as the recent biography of Virgil Exner. However, as they are a British publishing house the books to a large degree target European interests. As my knowledge of European automotive history is embarrassingly anemic I have come to really appreciate their books. From that perspective this title fills another gap in my education. Additionally, as a truck kind of fellow, I tend to think of those mechanical workhorses from a truly American perspective. It was for that reason I found this delightful little volume so entertaining. These little trucks are almost comical in nature. Still, the text is so well written and the photography is of such a professional quality I can honestly recommend this title for those interested in the obscure or the collector who needs to take a walk on the lighter side of the hobby.
"A great Iittle book ..." – Classics Monthly
"... an attractive introduction to the tiny delivery trucks made 1948-'68 ... shows there's a whole new world beyond Heinkels and Isettas waiting to be explored." – Octane
"It is difficult to imagine anyone interested in small vehicles not finding room on the shelf for this book, and the bright colours and shiny paper wlll make it ideal as a Christmas gift anyone would be proud to give or receive." – Rum Car News
"Full color photography, text and specifications describe previously little known Iso production micro trucks, as well as highlighting the changes necessary for converting the production Iso to a micro truck." – Restored Cars
Interest and fascination in these novel cars has meant that Micro vehicles
About the Author
Of British descent, Norm Mort was raised in Toronto where vehicles from every corner of the world were sold. He began taking pictures of old cars and trucks parked at the side of the road before he was ten. At 12 years of age, Norm was the youngest member on the executive of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada, Toronto Chapter. In the 1960s he began accumulating photos and information on motoring. Over the years his personal vehicle collection has included everything from a 1949 Allard to a 1922 Vauxhall. He has been a writer for magazines and newspapers in the field of transport for nearly 25 years and is a member of the Canadian Society of Automotive Historians.