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Autocar documents automotive history back to 1895 in new Exact Editions digital archive for individuals and libraries

Published: 19 Jul 2023

Almost 130 years of automotive history have been documented and made available to digital readers across web and app platforms in Autocar’s new archive, which comprises over 5,900 fully-searchable issues. Developed in partnership with digital publishing services platform Exact Editions, the archive serves as an important and ever-evolving historical record of both the automotive trade itself and the social history that surrounds it.

From the first public demonstration of cars in 1895 to the launch of timeless classic ‘The Mini' in 1959 and the arrival of the Ford Fiesta in 1976, Autocar has been at the forefront of each and every notable event in the history of automobiles. As well as the archive, digital subscriptions also include access to ongoing weekly issues that feature thought-provoking editorials, authoritative car reviews and news that leads the global agenda.

Subscriptions are available to both individuals and libraries around the world. The Exact Editions platform’s advanced search function enables subscribers to search, share and cite every news piece, article and review from the publication. The intuitive stacking interface and high-quality images bring new life to issues published more than a century ago and offer car enthusiasts and historians alike an opportunity to reflect on how the car industry has evolved over decades gone by.

The complete archive of Autocar is available for individuals and institutions via the links below:



Marketing Director Darren Pitt commented: “We are delighted to have partnered with Exact Editions to deliver fully-searchable access to Autocar’s full archive, dating back to 1895. It’s an exciting prospect that the archive will reach new markets and expand the brand’s readership, thanks to Exact Editions’ institutional sales service.”

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “The Autocar archive is a feat of cultural preservation and an indispensable resource to those interested in automotive history, whether in an amateur or professional capacity; we are proud to have been a part of it.”

About Autocar:

Autocar is the original car magazine. First published in 1895 ‘in the interests of the mechanically propelled road carriage', it has plotted the entire history of the automobile. Today, the publication reports on the entire car industry, from the in-depth reviews for which it made its name, through to the news stories that lead the automotive agenda, and the world's best features and used car editorial.

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About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns publications into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Rooms’ technology, so publishers can provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

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Articles from the following issues are publicly available until the end of Friday 21st July 2023:

2 November 1895

The first public demonstration of cars in Britain is held and Autocar begins.

13 April 1928

Autocar invents the road test, its first subject the hugely influential Austin Seven.

10 February 1939

Germany unveils the Volkswagen, whose maker will in time become a global force.

28 August 1959

The Mini, an "incredible new breed of small car", arrives and "gladdens many hearts”.

24 June 1966

Ford breaks Ferrari's domination at Le Mans in the golden age of sports-car racing.

24 March 1961

The Geneva Motorshow, in which the E-Type was unveiled.

17 July 1976

The arrival of the Ford Fiesta, for decades to come Britain's favourite car.

14 October 1987

We meet the Ferrari F40, Enzo's last car and an era-defining wonder.

4 September 1996

Our first drive of the Boxster, the sports car that will save Porsche.

30 May 2007

We pit the Bugatti Veyron against rivals in the fastest ever group test.

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