The things they say...
“…there are limits to the performance of any suspension system which employs a rigid rear axle…”—John Bolster in Autosport.
“The handling of the Imp is very, very good indeed and is certainly the best handling rear-engined car we have come across, but we do not think it can ever rival the Austin Mini for out and out cornering speed, although suspension adjustments will undoubtedly improve the handling even further. As power increases so will the presence of the rear engine become more prominent.”—Motoring News reporting on the new Hillman.
“I have heard experts say the Imp understeers. I have heard them say it oversteers. The truth is that like all rear-engine cars it does both, depending on the speed and the bend. . . . I found while I was testing at top speed that the Imp wanted more handling on fast bends.”—Robert Glenton, writing of the Hillman Imp in the Sunday Express.
“Mr. Marples, of course, cannot be told anything; but the Tory party might consider the possibility of losing countless votes in the coming General Election. After all, road-users do vote, and if anything is calculated to change their politics, it is the Marples image!”—From an Editorial in Autosport of May 31st.
“…Ford played up the Monte Carlo Rally for all it was worth. They’re working the Monte to such a degree that Saab’s U.S. ads now start with the phrase “Only ONE car won the Monte Carlo Rally.”—Leo Levine, reporting on the New York Show in The Motor of May 1st.