Over the latter half of the 20th century Haynes Owners Workshop manuals have become an automotive institution. The books can be traced back to one man John Haynes who as a schoolboy built an Austin Seven Special and created a small booklet documenting it. A few years later he established a company and produced the first recognisable Owners Workshop Manual in 1965 for the Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite. His company J. H. Haynes & Co. Ltd then went from strength to strength building up the series of car manuals into a publishing empire.
The series became incredibly successful for its simple description of a careful strip down and rebuild of a vehicle, and illustrating each task with text and photographs. The manuals from the 70s to early 90s became iconic and collectible for their cover design. The covers featured a strong grid system, solid typography, elaborate cutaway drawings by Terry Davey and a bold colour background that varied from manual to manual. Easily recognisable on their own and a spectrum of colour when put together.
Terry Davey worked at Haynes from 1972-1991 and during that time he produced over 400 cutaways for the covers that became iconic in their own right, they are now available to buy as a collection. His retirement coincided with a decision to modernise the look of the manuals, with less detailed cutaways, and then a couple of years later they began to be produced in colour. A real shame.