Review by Gavin Chapman online smart car magazine and smart car owners club
This is a diminutive book, as you can see below, but that, is so it'll actually fit in a fortwo! I joke, but it is a small book, packed with a lot of information.
It might be small, but it contains a lot of information. It goes through the history of the smart from it's concept, through development, marketing, through to the latest model. It covers the fortwo, roadster, forfour and concepts like the crosstown and crossblade.
The book is written in a concise and friendly style, has lots of pictures, and goes into the modifying scene as well. The book is easily readable, and is pretty much essential for a smart enthusiast!
Tiscali Motoring, February 2008
UK website, Tried and Tested section
Well researched, with plenty of color pictures of various Smart models. There's nothing little about the amount of information that Smart fan, Paul Jackson has squeezed into this book. Unlike other books on the Smart brand, this focuses on both the successes and failures of the brand and there's also a section on the new Smart fortwo which was only launched in the UK last year.
Disappointments are few, but I do wonder whether Jackson has relied too heavily on the Smart UK press office? At least 90% of the pictures I had seen before and some of the text reads like it has been lifted straight from a release. And if you think you've seen some of the other pictures by Paul Guinness before, you'd be right as they were in his book The Smart Story.
Overall, it's a little book with a big amount of information. If you own or are considering buying a Smart, I think its well worth a look, especially at the $14.95 price.