The Kellner Affair tells the fascinating story of some of the most influential people in the French luxury car business before, during and after World War II and how they came together and fought bravely against the Nazi occupation of Paris. They include the famous coachbuilder Jacques Kellner, the designer Georges Paulin, and Walter Sleator, the director of Rolls-Royce France, It details how they formed a resistance group and gathered intelligence, and how they were betrayed by double agents and some were executed in 1942. Volumes I and II also include an in-depth discussion of aerodynamic cars, and the famous streamlined designs of Georges Paulin.
Volume III contains a large portfolio of period images of Kellner-bodied cars such as Hispano-Suiza, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Farman, and many more, along with period articles and a wealth of design drawings as well as facsimile reprints of Kellner brochures.
The book relies heavily on newly discovered archive material as well as private documents that have never previously been published.
This is one of several Dalton Watson publications that celebrate coachbuilding, from Erdmann and Rossi, many years ago to the recent Saoutchik, Talbot-Lago Grand Sport and Gaston Grummer books and the forthcoming works on Park Ward, Pourtout, and Hooper.
Born in 1954, Peter Larsen has been a chronic gearhead all his life. Together with Ben Erickson, he is the author of Talbot-Lago Grand Sport: The Car from Paris and Jacques Saoutchik, Maitre Carrossier. He is currently working on Joseph Figoni, Le Grand Couturier de la Carrosserie Automobile. Peter Larsen has a wide taste in cars, having owned a Bizzarrini, Facel-Vega, Duesenberg Model J and a number of Maseratis, including two Ghiblis and a 5000GT. However, his enduring fascination has been with French cars in general and Talbot-Lago in particular, including ownership of two T26 Grand Sports. Another great interest is coachwork and coachbuilding