LI toca,r EDtroB Maurlce A. Smlth D.r.o. aPoBTa EDIToIt Peter Garnler AaararAilT EDlrong Leonard A. Ayton, Ronald Barker mrDLAilD EDtToR Edward Eves aBT EDtron Howard Vyse l7 APRIL 1964

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Counting Your Costs ,TIHIS weeft we present our second f(}.c-ar C.orn-

I parison; the headiry " For You to Choose" should f ;gain be noted afr taken literalty. There are so many consideratioos that are not-and in fact cao- oot-bs listed in our feature. The cars we have selected are not necessarily directly comparable but they are designed to give simil.ar service and would be likeiy t<r find a place in the sflne list fm a proalrctive buyer. Wtreo Uigtrer priced cars arc bcing corsidered, the acceut Ml co*s may shift Therc is usually a little morc strercb, both io the price th't can be paxd and the running -coots drat can be urtemplated. On the other hand, unless the car it to be oompany owrred, -the rate of depreciation Eay be a rnaix frctor. ard r'rrfor- tunately the more exciting cars, parriculady if they have s'pecial bodies, very higb perforrnance or corr- vertiblC mps, tcod to depreciate more r':apidly.

A questiori arises also as to whether or mt a rathet lorrer- priced model with a lot of spcial a$ lurury extrzs-the persoaralized car-would bc prefcrablc to another

"lready on the to,p price mark but without, san a radio or spoi lamp. Some would say that wherc tbe choice of your rrw car has bcen narrowod down to a couple of iinalists, the casting vote slrould be given in favdur of the one whoee local agcut offers the best 8e8- vice.

Good insurance mea usually eecm logical and convincing when they are talking to you, but later, -when thinking over what they have said, it does not alrrays add up. You know thit you will be just as good (or bad) ; risk in car A of our tist as car B but the iDsur- arrcs ma!'$ records rnay tell hirn ntberwise' Your choice may be a car carrying a proud rurne tbat was oope associatd with racin& Ah, that is very serious; a 25 per cent jump io prerrium is idicated and a t50 ercesi. Enough said, but the cost of insuraoce is a major oonsideratim with sornc cars.

Petrol Consumption

Bcforc leaving readers to browse through thc information sarting overlcaf, we must again mentiolr fucl coostmrptioa- It ought m be poesible to give preciee figurer for m.p.g but it seldom mrks out this way.

For maoy y@$ Autocsr has printed an overall test consumption figure which is dcdnitely rather harrd oo the car, ard a nonnal range or brachet indicative of tbe worst and best ro-p.g. figures to be cxpected accprding to conditims, r@ds and driving tecbniques. Mce receotlv we barrc beeo giving also a coosumption cu,rve for conttant speeds. tnis aoes not irrdicate what might be expected on the road, except perhape for protracted periods of cruisi.g oD a motonvay.. Where- a cunre Legios to plunge d-own (ower m-".&)- at say 70 m.pi. oni crn oV 4it 65-70 m.p}- is the higbest ecorrorrical motorway crusrng speed. But engine noise ard fuss or mother's nerves may dictate otherwise- Constam speed comurnptioo howener, do give a good basis for mprisoo-

To pliase Continental readers and sqne of our technical t-Vpes wc reccntly tded addiog the calculated DIN figure,-&phined on page ll5 of our 17 ]anuary' 1964' isiue.' Tiris gives a-gfu represenadve consumpti'on fisure most of thc time but occasionally it goes astray (list week's Ford Zephyr 6 test: DIN 16'3 m,p.&i iverall test figure l9;1 m.p'g.; repres€dative onr'netrs' figure, about 2O m.p.g.). -We-should be pleissd if regular readers rvoutd gl+f9 back at our leading arride in 6 March issue which introduccd the fi.rst lG'Car C-ompa,rison of models up to 1570. The thougbts er<pressed there apply equally to the number 2 selcction of cars which follows.

l0-Car ComPorisons Ford Mustong Comiro Spreod New York Show Dlscoanected Jottings Hlnts ond lips Rood lest: Panhord 21CT Detrort Notebook .. Novt Engine: Port I New Products Review Correspondence Soforl Story: Port 2 Glosgow Motor Museum .. Ihe Sprt .. New York Show

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