A.C. Stand 135
There is no change here except that prices have risen, the saloon now costing £1,059 and the Sports Tourer, with Buckland body, £1,098. The drophead coupe model is discontinued. The other cars retain the well-tried 2-litre, six-cylinder single-o.h.c., light-alloy engine that originated at the Thames Ditton factory as long ago as 1919.
A.C. CARS, LTD., THAMES DITTON, SURREY.
Earls Court Exhibition
In the Special Show Number of Motor Sport will be found information on new models, improvements to existing models and notes on cars unchanged since 1948, make by make. As this issue will be retained for future reference, manufacturers and concessionaires addresses are given after each description. The Stand Numbers of the car exhibitors at Earls Court follow: —
A.C. — 136...
Those Bread-and-Butter Continentals Sir,
Mr. A. E. Frost's letter regarding small British cars versus Continental appears to be based on numerous fearful misconceptions.
To take these in order:
1. The Lancia "Ardea" probably does cost double the Standard Eight price, but there is no comparison in the class of car; the "Ardea" does definitely come into a more costly class of vehicle in terms of...
N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and "Motor Sport" does not necessarily associate itself with them.—Ed.
My attention has been drawn to the Editorial of the February issue. As you pointed out, we were of course mistaken in claiming that for the first time in history a motor magazine has elected "The Car of the Year," and I enclose a revised copy of our...
Which way is the sports car going? Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and our own Lotus have pioneered the mid-engined road car formula, setting new standards of roadholding and handling. Porsche succeed very nicely, thank you, with the rear-engine, rearwheel-drive formula, having burnt their fingers with the mid-engined 914 series. But what of the motor industry giants? British Leyland,...
Those B. & B. Continentals
I feel, as the owner of the only Lancia "Ardea" in this country, I cannot allow Mr. A. E. Frost's letter to go unchallenged.
The accommodation is certainly far roomier than the normal 8-h.p. British car, and a fairer comparison than the obsolete R.A.C. rating would be on cubic capacity, the "Ardea" being only 903 c.c. I would certainly like to find another car...
A year ago Motor Sport published an article on the history of the Lancia by K. Foeman and this, with a letter relating to it from the Editor of the Lancia M.C. journal in the following issue, is accepted as the leading source of reference to this famous Italian manufacturer.
However, we have recently come upon some additional information, taken from an article on the Lancia Company in Rivista...
The Vanguard Road Test.
I have just obtained my first copy of Motor Sport and have placed a regular order. Is it possible to obtain a complete set of back numbers? I like your approach to the subject, and appreciated the frankness of the two road-tests published.
I am, Yours, etc.,
G. T. Hooker.
As a Vanguard owner myself, I was particularly interested in your test...
WE HEAR . . .
. . . G. L. Benbrough brought his 1903 6-h.p. single-cylinder Speedwell dogcart from Reading to the " Ely " Hotel, on the Hartford Bridge Flats, on a recent Sunday, with his wife and son as passengers. This car bears plaques of numerous rallies and its service in the last war, and it is now in regular business use, with a comparatively modern Claudel Hobson carburetter and...
Is Theirs the Prerogative of Impeccable Roadholding and Controllability?
Some Impartial Evidence from Road Tests undertaken by the Editor of "Motor Sport."
The article, published last month, which compared seemingly so ordinary a car as the Standard Eight with the bread-and-butter Continentals, has caused considerable eyebrow raising, as we expected. We feel, indeed, that the matter is one which...