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Roy Axe’s autobiography is now on sale

Keith Adams 

Roy Axe: A Life in Style

Roy Axe: A Life in Style

THE BOX arrived this evening and 50 copies of Roy Axe: A Life In Style are now in my study. In a few days’ time, you can have one of the books if you order it from AROnline’s shop or Amazon. It’s worth getting one from the home store, though, as you’ll get some colour images included whereas the main production book is entirely mono. 

It’s a very personal account of life at Rootes, Chrysler and Rover, reflected in Roy’s amazing career. Along the way, there are more than a few interesting anecdotes as well as some nice insights into the design process of a very varied array of cars as diverse as the Sunbeam Rapier, Chrysler Minivan, Rover 800 and Bentley Arnage. It’s a tragedy that, after spending so long writing it, Roy didn’t get to see the book himself, but I know that he was happy in the knowledge that his story will be shared by generations to come. 

Order from AROnline:
Order from Amazon: 

I’ve had a few people email to say the book store won’t let them add this to their basket. If that’s happened to you and you want the book, please drop me an email ( and drop the payment over via the site’s ‘Donate’ button making a note that it’s for the book. Apologies to anyone who’s been experiencing difficulties.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams
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13 Comments on "Roy Axe’s autobiography is now on sale"

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a great read, but what’s that above the BAe 125?

  2. Keith Adams says:

    It was a press shot done to show the drama of the EX-E and, interestingly, in later years Roy designed interiors for the BAe 125 :).

  3. Andrew Elphick says:

    Well done, Keith. I hope this ends up in the satchels(!) of budding RCA design students. I hope the Axe family are proud of this epitaph.

  4. Jack Yan 甄爵恩 says:

    Do you mean the Bentley Java concept?

  5. Wilko says:

    I’ll definitely be ordering a copy – although I must admit I’m a tad disappointed not to see an 800 also gracing the front cover!

  6. Wilko says:

    The AROnline shop won’t let me order it – it refuses to put it into my basket!
    Is this a technical problem or have you sold out already?

  7. Keith Adams says:

    Hi Marius,

    Click this link:


  8. Keith Adams says:

    Sorry, I misunderstood – yes, Roy Axe was responsible for the styling of the Bentley Java concept.

  9. Keith Adams says:

    Sorry, it seems to be a problem a few people have been having. However, if you want to buy it from AROnline, you can pay for it via the site’s Donate button.


  10. David 3500 says:

    I’ve tried this link myself but have had no joy in getting it to put it into my basket. I have sent the AROnline shop an email in the hope that you can help.

  11. Keith Adams says:

    Okay, email me and I’ll sort it out:

  12. Wilko says:

    I think I’ve sussed it – instead of clicking on “add to basket”, right click on it and click “open in new tab”. It worked for me.

  13. Ann Axe says:

    I am extremely proud of my cousin Roy. He was a great Designer. My sister has got three super sketches of Roy’s cars on her wall. We will miss him…

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