Up­wardly mo­bile

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed your im­prob­a­ble pair­ing of the Citroën GS Pal­las and the Van­den Plas 1.7

(C&SC, Septem­ber), be­cause I had made a vaguely sim­i­lar com­par­i­son in a let­ter that the late lamented Bill Boddy thought fit to pub­lish in

Mo­tor Sport in the early 1970s.

I was in tran­si­tion from a 1934 3½-litre Bent­ley to a ’54 Lanch­ester Dauphin with a Daim­ler ra­di­a­tor shell, hav­ing bought the lat­ter be­fore sell­ing the for­mer, and my then wife drove a 1951 Barker­bod­ied Lanch­ester 10. We had friends with a new Citroën. Af­ter a slightly queasy out­ing with them in their GS, I com­pared it un­favourably with the com­fort­able, but ad­mit­tedly leisurely, Lanch­ester.

A few years later, I was tempted for a while to swap my Daim­ler for a new pea-green Van­den Plas that had been stand­ing for too long in By­att’s Garage in Stoke-on-trent. I re­cov­ered from that phase and re­mained with Daim­lers, but might be tempted again when I ap­proach my Zim­mer-frame years. Rod­er­ick Ra­m­age

Cop­pen­hall, Stafford

These luxury com­pacts are as in­ter­est­ing as they are quirky, reck­ons Ra­m­age

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