The Austin A40 mechanicals were very good and reliable, but I can't
imagine them surviving a US coast to coast type of trip.
Here in NZ they were one of those cars (the original A40 Devon) that you
saw driving around long after other makes of similar vintage had died.
On Sat, 11 Mar 2006 14:04:31 GMT, Joe Ellis wrote:
WARNING! The referenced site contains pictures likely to traumatize small
children, pregnant women, and men with heart disease. Whatever you do, DO
NOT scroll down to the picture of the Marlin, one of ugliest vehicles of
I looked further down the page, and found the Rebel. We had a Rebel,
great car. Fit and finish below par, but it was tough, and would cruise
all day at 85mph without even breathing hard. Which netted me a speeding
ticket in the middle of Saskatchewan one year, coming back from the West
On Sat, 11 Mar 2006 18:08:00 -0500, Wolf Kirchmeir wrote:
I just sold our '95 VW Passat wagon yesterday. Great fit and finish, and I
still remember how happy it was cruising across Montana at 95 mph; next
best thing to taking it "home". We replaced it with a new Subaru Legacy
GT. Feels just as comfortable on the freeway (although I haven't had it
over 85 yet, and only momentarily at that speed), and the handling is
On the basis of a Car and Driver review of the Mazda 6 Sportwagon we droves
15 mile out of out way to a dealer who had both Mazda and Subaru. If only
I'd known what my brother pointed out to me later, that Ford has a
substantial piece of Mazda, and the Mazda 6 wagon and the Freestar
supposedly share a lot of components and, worse yet, mindset. Those putzes
at C&D must have been driving so many Silly Ugly Vapidities lately that
they can't recognize piggish handling any more. What a mushy, numb, pig!
No comparaison to the Legacy. We could have gone to the Subaru-only dealer
just a couple miles away and not bothered with that putzmobile from Mazda.
Hmmmm -- maybe the Ford connection is why the new Miata got an bash in the
face with the ugly stick? I have a '94 Miata and it looks better, less of
the "Biff Bimbo, Steroid Abuser" jawline. But the Legacy handles better
than it, too; almost as light and nimble feeling (although it's a lot
heavier), and a whole lot stickier feeling in tight fast corners.
Yeah, that was the Nash Metropolitan, all right. We almost bought one
when we were first married, but the mechanic at the dealership took pity
on us and warned us away. So we went elsewhere and bought an old VW bug,
a much over-hyped car IMO. Colder than the proverbial witch's teat in
winter, a real gas guzzler considering how small and light it was, noisy
and cramped. But with its big wheels and high ground clearance a great
prairie pasture car. And easy to tune. It was the one with the flat
windshield, so I had a second one cut and fitted to the inside: double
glazed windshield, no frost on it in the winter! Shoulda patented
Hudson/Nash/Rambler became Rambler, became ...
Nash made the small cars, Rambler the middle size and Hudson the big
The Nash Ramblers were small by US standards and even included a four
Rambler also had the Metropolitan, which was a two-seater. The Metropolitan was
NA design, but was built from a European design adapted for North American use. I
can't remember if it was a French car, but I think it might have been. I give
French a lot of crap- most of which they deserve -but I think they build pretty
cars, airplanes and trains. Our transit system uses French-built transit cars
have performed beautifully for nearly thirty years now. True, I would rather see
Merkin-built cars operating in a Merkin system, but the Frogs have done well.
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