From the flyleaf:-
"Choosing a car may be difficult enough for the would-be motorist these days, when he has thirty-four British names to confuse him, but little over a generation ago he would have been faced with a truly intimidating array of no fewer than 105 different makes. The other sixty-nine (and more, before and since) have vanished, some in a blaze of glory, some ignominiously or in notoriety, and others quietly and with dignity; a few are remembered with admiration and pride; most have been wholly forgotten. But all contributed in some measure to the present prestige and prosperity of the British motoring industry, and because of this, Lord Montagu has set himself to give them a fitting commemoration; to trace the rise to fame of some of them, and their 'downhill slide to bankruptcy and limbo'".
The jacket appears to have been covered by a protective sleeve at some point, but it has left the top and bottom edges exposed, resulting in dark strips along the edges. The book itself is very good, with red boards and gilt titles. Text block edges have some foxing spots, but inside pages are clean and bright. A triangle has been cut from the top of the front free end paper, probably to remove a name. Lord Montague has signed the half-title page.