THE 18 h.p. LANCHESTER SALOON AN EXCEPTIONALLY PLEASANT CAR WITH MAGNIFICENT SUSPENSION
ACOMMINUTION’ of qualities in the 18 h.p. Lanchester makes it
a very attractive car. Those acquainted with many makes of cars and haViug experience of previous models of the Marque are able to feel at once that the car has many salient points, the chief of which being its suspension.
The Lanchester eighteen, as has been found in the past, is not a vehicle to be praised simply on account of one or two outstanding merits-performance, control, or bodywork. It is one ill which a state of affairs has been achieved whereby a Modern kind of performance is matched by ease of handling, and a balance has been arrived at throughout the car.
The car has the happy facility of being entirely suited to the driver who…c principal need may be for running in and around town, since it is flexible on top gear, very quiet mechanically, and sombre of appearance, yet it is full well able to satisfy the same driver when a long distance is undertaken, for the cruising speed is quite high. The engine runs very smoothly, right from start on to top gear up to the 75 m.p.h. mark or so of which the car is easily capable. The engine is extraordinarily quiet. Good carburation has been secured and the top gear rtmning,
of the Eighteen is particularly commend
able. An unusually good performance is still desired and appreciated by a driver of a car even with the self-changing gear. On the open road its happiest speed is about 65 m.p.h., without any sound of mechanism, but a real reserve exists and top gear acceleration onwards from this speed is there if desired. The car is pleasant as regards handling and general control. It feels Solid and rides steadily, but is not cumbersome, and it has suffi
dent weight to keep it down on the road. Driving position is very comfortable, and the view obtained particularly clear.
The instruments are grouped in the centre of the facia board, and consist of a large-dial speedometer. The finger-tip gear-lever on the 18 h.p. Lanchester is moved to another notch on its quadrant and depress the pedal thereby changing up or down with complete certainty. Any gear can be selected
with the. engine idling, but because of the fluid flywheel the car does not move forward until the accelerator pedal is depressed. The coachwork offers a great deal of room, the seats are generous and there is leg room to spare in the rear compartment. The usual fittings are included, such as a rear blind controlled by the driver, twin roof lights with a switch on the centre pillar, pockets in the doom elbow rests, a folding centre arm rest, balanced drop window in the forward
doors. The sliding roof has a centre lock, and in front of the driver is a neat little self locking blind for use as an antisun glare shield.
The spare wheel is housed in the tail with the wheel tools, and the tool kit itself is in a locker underneath the bonnet.
There is quality about this car in its running, as well as an easy performance.
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