For Mr. Lane’s information (June issue) my two-year-old Citroën Bijou is free of rust and due to the flat chassis has very little dirt underneath.
The alloy bumpers are not as shiny but completely sound and even the chrome hub-caps are in good condition.
In daily use and parked in the open all weathers the dark red paint has slight blemishes but the body is perfect.
The tappets will be adjusted soon and tyres should last up to 35,000 miles by which time the brake linings may need renewing.
For £433 one gets a nicely finished car with a good toolkit, extreme reliability, comfort and economy, a traffic clutch and reluctance to do anything over 60 m.p.h. is suitable for Mr. Marples’ chaotic roads.
If one requires better performance or more passenger space; D.K.W., Lancia, Panhard, Peugeot, Rover, Saab, Skoda, Volvo, VW or the Russian cars are reliable, rugged and built rather than assembled.
Probably one will be classed as a Communist if the Moskvitch, Skoda or Volvo are bought!
Still, keeping the rust at bay does occupy one’s time and at least Mr. Lane’s engine should be okay.