Ford steps ahead in ’51

New Zealand Classic Car - - Report -

The be­lief that cars of that era were huge, heavy, and thirsty is some­what over­stated. Let’s take the fea­tured Mer­cury [ New Zealand Clas­sic Car Is­sue No. 310] and, say, a cur­rent Mercedes/jaguar, as Ford no longer makes big sa­loons, at least for the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

While the Mer­cury weighs in 1700kg with an av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion of 17.5mpg (16.14l/100km) the lat­est Jaguar weighs 2050kg and has a quoted fuel con­sump­tion of 16mpg (17.66l/100km).

So much for alu­minium mono­coque con­struc­tion, new feath­er­weight ma­te­ri­als, and elec­tron­ics. Still, only 65 years of devel­op­ment, so per­haps we should not be too crit­i­cal. Lead Sled in name only.

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