Tom Warth - Rare Books Column
Tom Warth was bitten by the car bug early on, spectating many races during late 1940s to early 50s. He developed a modest business exporting cars from the UK to the US, eventually emigrating to the US in 1960. By the late 60s, selling motoring literature became a full time occupation for him, first as English Imports and then as Classic Motorbooks whose publishing and wholesaling arm became Motorbooks International (MBI).
Some of Tom's Articles: Rare Books Column
Talking About Books: Issue #1 Sept/Oct 2018
I have been dealing in car books since 1965 and loving it, but I do not feel I am an expert in all aspects of this field. I am sure most of you readers have a reasonable collection of car books, some that may have been published or sold by me in the days of Classic Motorbooks, or in more recent years under my T E Warth Esq Automotive Books handle. I have downsized my own business and now concentrate on just the rarest of titles.
My first observation is on the reasons for acquiring a motoring title. The reason most of my customers over the years have bought a book from me is because they wanted to learn, usually about a particular make or model and, less often about a particular race track, personality, technical matter, etc.