It is gratifying to see the interest displayed by John Hyde on catching a glimpse of the almost extinct Diatto. Gratifying because I happen to own one of these grand old motor cars. Mine, which is 1927, appears to have variations from the one mentioned last month, such as an overhead camshaft engine of 15-h.p. and an unusual drophead body with hinged collapsible window frames for the two (aft) side wind-up windows.
By purchasing the car earlier this year, I saved it from unworthy retirement by becoming a farm hay-sweep. Nine wheels and ten tyres were included, again all beaded-edged. I am hoping to find a set of low-pressure well-based tyres and wheels which should improve the already good riding qualities of the car.
The car is in use practically every day, has never failed to start on the button, and cruises without effort at 50 m.p.h., cornering superbly with a petrol consumption of 23 m.p.g.
I am, Yours. etc., Cirencester. John Lampitt.