THE WORLD’S FASTEST TOURING CAR
As an enthusiast I have often wished to ask a question, and the letter written by Mr. Giles in the May issue of MOTOR SPORT gives me a chance. Why is the 540K Mercedes-Benz given the title ” The world’s fastest touring car” ? Apart from the cars mentioned by Mr. Giles, the 1937 Lagonda Rapide Tourer is credited with an all out speed of 108 m.p.h. by a road test in the “Motor,” this with a car of inferior engine capacity to the ” Mere. ” and unblown. Both the 2.9 Alfa-Romeo and the 3.5 Competition Delaha:ee have claimed maxima of 115
m.p.h., whilst the wonderful old 8-litre Bentley described in MOTOR SPORT for February seems to be capable of 110 m.p.h. (admittedly rather “special “) and that built in 1f.)32 !
Still there is nothing quite like a ” Merc.”
In conclusion, thank you for a really first-class paper, very interesting road tests, and especially for the General Notes in ‘ Club News.” I am, Yours etc.,
J. R. P. WALLIN. 6, Meadvale Road,
Ealing, W.5. * *