Shaking off the past
James Ruppert noted that Mercedesbenz survived the rust scandal of its appalling W210-generation E-class (Used Cars, 1 March), which was produced at a time when improved design and materials ensured that most other cars had largely become quite rust-resistant.
It has been well documented that Mercedes had taken the decision to rest on its laurels, obviously including rustproofing.
Mercedes was extremely lucky, because other manufacturers had previously not been so fortunate. It took Vauxhall decades to rid itself of a rust reputation just because a late-1950s Victor proved to be rather soluble in the wet, and the chattering ignorati still blather on about Alfa Romeos rusting, remembering the experience of the only slightly more recent Alfasud.
If these ignorati weren’t such badge snobs, Mercedes would today have an equally unshakeable reputation for rust. Michael J Bacon