Articles tagged Alec Issigonis

Page 95 of November 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 95, November 2000

Running before they can walk?

Autocar recently scooped the first description of BMW's reborn Mini. There is much nostalgic respect still for Alec Issigonis's original Mini of 1959. We may remember its many early defects — water leaks, ignition problems in wet weather, heavy oil thirst, etc. Yet what a remarkable and roomy little car this was, with incredibly good road-holding. The Morris Minor was about the first small...

Page 13 of March 1967 archive issue thumbnail Page 13, March 1967

Matters of moment

Traction Avant This year's Monte Carlo Rally, refreshingly free from protests, underlined what we have long advocated—abolition of the prop-shaft in cars of under 2-litres. Outright victory went to a f.w.d. Mini-Cooper S, front-drive Lancia Fulvias occupied second, fourth and fifth places, third place being taken by a rear-engined Porsche 911S. It was not until you came to 12th place, taken by...

Page 57 of March 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 57, March 1974

Ergonomics

Sir, I wonder if I could beg a little of your splendid correspondence columns to congratulate December correspondent D. R. Kelsey on his most timely letter about switch ergonomics. Surely every thinking reader must agree with his outspoken condemnation of steering column stalks for lamps and wipers. As we know well, Continental cars have had these for many years and now our own car designers are...

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Nuffield soup

We recently enjoyed a taste of Nuffield soup, in the form of a modified, or "souped-up," Morris Minor loaned for trial by VW Derrington of Kingston, a TD MG, a Stage II TD, and a "souped-up" TC MG. Dealing first with the Minor, so superlatively safe and pleasant to drive is this modern Nuffield product that Mr Derrington is to be congratulated on supplying more urge for it, the more so as the...

Page 18 of November 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 18, November 2002

Fry and Fry again

Sir, Bill Boddy's excellent article in the October issue concerning the Freikaiserwagen was of particular interest to us in Frenchay Village Museum. Frenchay was the home of the Fry family from the time of Joseph Storrs Fry (1767-1835), who built up the great chocolate business of J S Fry & Sons, until the death of David's father, Cecil Roderick Fry, who was the last of the line to chair the...

Page 51 of April 1962 archive issue thumbnail Page 51, April 1962

TO MEET THE TWINS

The Editor Invites YouTO MEET THE TWINS LONG, long ago, when an economy car was a sort of fourwheeled motor-bicycle, the twin-cylinder engine was accepted as a perfectly normal form of power unit. Cyclecar constructors could not afford to be over-particular and usually had to get their engines from proprietary engine manufacturers whose most suitable unit was a vec-twin, which had evolved because...

Page 136 of June 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 136, June 2013

Gordon Cruickshank

Preserving the PatinaBare-metal rebuilds are the simple way to restore a car, but it takes knowledge and effort to retain the relevant history It's always the same: you go to a restoration shop to look at one car and spend hours browsing all the other fascinating hardware lying about. In this case the shop was Neil Twyman's, the car an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, and the distractions started right inside...

Page 67 of June 1962 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, June 1962

Survey of another sort

Sir, Thank you for seven years candid and interesting comment on motoring and motor cars; I look forward to my Motor Sport each month and am rarely disappointed. I would, however, make these suggestions : 1 Please stop: (a) telling me that : (i) Citroen make the World's most advanced motor car; (ii) Alec Issigonis is a genius. Neither is disputed but you have made your points. (b) "ELW" printing...

Page 51 of March 1961 archive issue thumbnail Page 51, March 1961

Rumblings

Sprung on Rubber The B.M.C. minicars are the most advanced British cars in large-scale production and one of their outstanding features is all-round-independent suspension using rubber in compression and shear as the springing medium, which loads the shock absorbers very lightly and gives roll-free cornering in conjunction with a very high standard of comfort in such small vehicles. How this...

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Three Small 'Uns

A gentleman friend of mine who took to owning sports cars as a hobby rather after middle-age — he had an immaculate Type 40 Bugatti and two Bertelli Aston Martins — used to express the view that if you had the price of a good car then you had no need to go above 1 1/2-litres for your everyday motoring. That was said to me quite a number of years ago and, although I have not driven an Alfa-Romeo...

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