Peasants' car

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Sir,

I derive little pleasure in extolling the virtues of continental motor cars, hut I must make sonic objective comments to Robert Elliot-Pyle’s letter in the November edition of Motor Sport.

I run a Citroen Dyane (a posh 2cv) which is 14 months old, and gives the following fuel consumption : 42 m.p.g.—flat-out on Motorway (65-75 m.p.h. for 150+ miles); 46 m.p.g.—everyday heavy-footed motoring; 54 m.p.g.—economy motoring (when running in).

There have been no problems in 16,000 miles apart from the usual “graunching” from the rear brakes, my supplier welding radius rods to the back plates in an attempt to cure. I bought it on price, only the Fiat 126 was cheaper (cash purchase) and my natrionc fervour was dampened when a Mini ex-stock would have cost £300 more.

Yes, we all know that it is an ugly French peasants’ car with only two cylinders, but it is cheap, comfortable, and has space. I hope lots of people do buy the Reliant Kitten as I am sure it has excellent features, but I know why there are a lot of French peasants driving around Bristol at the moment!

Bristol FYRTH H. CROSSE