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G. N. Georgano

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George Nicholas "Nick" Georgano (1932-22 October 2017[1][2]) was a British author, specialising in motoring history. His most notable work is The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars,first published in 1968.[3]


Early life and educationEdit

Georgano was born in London in 1932. At age 7 he was compiling a truck catalogue, and at age 16, an encyclopaedia. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a diploma in teaching[4]).


After college, he took up a career in teaching, his first position being at an English preparatory school.[3]

Georgano's first full publication was The World's Automobiles which he co-authored with Ralph Doyle (George Ralph Doyle 1890–1961). This was followed by The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars which was published in 1968.[3]

From 1976 to 1981 Georgano worked at the National Motor Museum as Head Librarian.[3]


Georgano was awarded the Thomas McKean Memorial Cup of the Antique Automobile Club of America.

He was presented with the Veteran and Vintage Magazine Trophy by Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu for The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars.[5]

He received the Montagu Trophy of the Guild of Motoring Writers for 2 of his works: Britain's Motor Industry – The First 100 Years and The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars.[3]

Georgano was a Trustee of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust; a member of the National Motor Museum Advisory Council; and Trustee of the Horseless Carriage Foundation, California.[3]


Georgano is the author of 33 reference books.[3]


  1. ^ Nick Georgano Alvis Archive Blog, 24 Oct. 2017
  2. ^ Nick Georgano 1932-2017 The Society of Automotive History
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Profile of Nick Georgano at
  4. ^ Clausager, Anders (7 November 2017). "Nick Georgano obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  5. ^ The Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars Ebury Press, 1973.