Origins of the A-Series - the Longbridge plant and the post-war scene, Len Lord's involvement, founding and building of BMC, with the A-Series as a vital 'building block'. A universal power plant - A-series in Austin, Morris, Austin-Healey and MG cars. Racing, rallying and record-breaking. A-series evolution for use in Allegro, Metro, Maestro and Montego. The final days of the A-Series, with fuel injection in the ageless Mini Cooper. The final retirement of the A-Series in October 2000, and reflections on a 50-year life. Afterlife, restoration and renovation for enthusiasts. Appendices detailing engine usage, specifications and evolution.
Graham Robson is the world's most prolific author of motoring books, with over 140 to his name over the past 40 years. His Haynes title Boreham: 40 years of Ford's motorsport dream factory won the Guild of Motoring Writers' Montagu Trophy in 2004.