H.W . PRATT

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Sir,

As an ardent Citroen enthusiast, I beg to be allowed to correct Mr. B. L. McGrath’s mis-statements. To answer his queries we must first find out what his grudges are. He says “I understand that Lyres last no time at all,” yet he has had 23,000 from the originals, surely particularly good in view of the. fact that the front tyres take the drive, the steering and the greater part of the braking. What, are his grudges ? As for acceleration, let figures tell the story : from 0-40 m.p.h., the Citroen takes 9.8 see., while the A70 takes 10.1. Further, the times for both cars from 10-30 and 20-40 m.p.h. are as follows : Light 15 .470

11.1 sec. 11.5 sec. 11.0 „ 11.3 „

This surely speaks for itself. I agree that the Citroen’s maximum is somewhat below usual, but the Citroen does look reasonably eat-like—you can’t have everything, can you ?

The only aspect of performance now left is fuel consumption. On a test by the Motor, the A70 recorded 21.9 m.p.g., while the Light Fifteen managed 25.2. That, Mr. McGrath, means that the Citroen was 3.3 m.p.g. better.

As for changing down to second at 50, the Amoco?, notes that the maximum on second is 40-50 m.p.h. This means that, for all practical purposes. 45 is about the limit, so what could Mr. McGrath expect ? 50, indeed !

Finally, Sir, do you realise that. the Citroen does all this with nearly 300 c.c. less than the A70 ? Now Sir ! I am, Yours, etc.,

Wembley. H. W. Plum.