I was interested in Mr. Wilson’s comparison between the Lancia Aprilia and the Ford Cortina, but is he doing the Aprilia justice?
The Motor, July 13th, 1937, quotes the 0-50 as 12.6 sec. while Motor Sport, June, 1938 quotes 11.4 sec.
I haven’t checked these figures but can stay with a Vauxhall VX4/90 up to so and beyond, and of course the Aprilia will comfortably out-corner such ears.
The acceleration is creditable indeed considering the high gearing (14.1 1st; 9.2 2nd; 6.0 3rd; 4.1 top) and modest tune of the engine: 46 b.h.p. at 4,000, and c.r. 5.75 to 1. There’s something cockeyed somewhere!
Bletchley. D. CARPENTER.