Ford steps ahead in ’51
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.