The Finest BMW Book Ever

BMW by Design is part of the BMW Behind The Scenes three-book set. Author Steve Saxty, BMW owner and former executive at Jaguar and Porsche, is regarded as one of finest automotive book writers because of his insider’s experience and industry-wide contacts.

He spent two-and-a-half years travelling to Munich, looking through BMW Design’s never-seen archive to reveal unseen cars and untold stories. Autocar’s Steve Cropley said, “After weeks, I’ve reached the end of Steve Saxty’s magnificent three-volume history of BMW’s post-war design journey, a tale so chock-full of fascinating new information and unseen designs that it makes me wonder how designers can handle their workload. This collection – a design history, a volume revealing a treasure trove of unseen cars and concepts, and a classy image collection of the author’s BMW highlights – is the most thorough car design book I’ve ever seen – it reads like a novel.”

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When Straight Six Magazine reviewed the set, Jeff Heywood summed it up as, “The finest BMW book ever, or in this case set of books, I have feasted my eyes on, and that comes from someone who has, over the years, collected virtually all the notable BMW books that have been published.

“Steve’s book goes further, much further than any other book on the marque, and thanks to Steve’s knowledgeable and entertaining writing style, you’ll never get bogged down reading these books. His behind-the-scenes access at BMW Design is quite unique, it means you’ll marvel at secret BMWs that you will have never heard of or seen before. The slipcase to the quality/weight of the paper the book is printed on, the photographs from BMW’s archives and the artwork from past and present designers that accompanies the words in all three books creates a new level of quality.”

“This set is a very special release for a number of reasons; first is the quality of the materials used, which is seriously high-end, plus there’s Steve’s impressive writing style and his access behind the scenes at BMW. I have never read or seen a book on BMW of this quality and so well written. Definitely a future collector’s item. The BMW by Design book is also available as a standalone book which also includes free P&P. But the value is in the set, to own it is to appreciate something that is more than the sum of three books.”


To read Jeff Heywood’s full book review, as featured in Straight Six magazine, click HERE.