By Peter Larsen and Ben Erickson
The Kellner Affair tells the fascinating story of some of the most influential people in the French luxury car business before the War and how they fought bravely against the Nazi occupation force in Paris. It tells how they formed a resistance group and gathered intelligence ̶ how they were betrayed by double agents, and how they were executed in 1942. These people included the famous coachbuilder Jacques Kellner, the designer Georges Paulin, and Walter Sleator, the director of Rolls-Royce France. The book goes deeply into their talent, their work, their lives, their cars, their loved ones and relies on newly discovered archive material as well as private documents that have never previously been published.
The Kellner Affair is the first factual account of these tragic and gripping events: what happened, how it happened, who was to blame, who was punished, and who was not. Volumes I and II also include an in-depth discussion of aerodynamic cars, the famous streamlined designs of Georges Paulin. In addition, Volume III contains a large portfolio of period images of Kellner-bodied cars and a wealth of design drawings as well as facsimile reprints of Kellner brochures.