York’s motors identified
Concerning the cars that needed identifying in The Way We Were from York in 1962 ( CCW, 3 Feb), I think I can help. The car parked behind the Wolseley 1500, number WDN 406, is a Simca Aronde (above). These cars were made between 1951-55 with a 1221cc straight-four, then from 1955-58, it was facelifted and the engine was enlarged to 1290cc.
Also, the three-wheeler at the back of the picture appears to be an AC Petite, powered by a 346cc single-cylinder air-cooled two-stroke engine. It was made from 1952-58 – and it’s worth noting that the MkII from 1955 had a 353cc engine. Tony Quinn, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire This question asked by Nick Larkin caused quite a kerfuffle – thank you to all who wrote in. We’ve had hundreds of emails and letters identifying the two cars. If we had a penny for each suggestion, we’d be able to buy Nick that all-important copy of the Observer’s Book of Automobiles – Ed.