Soundtrack to our lives
Although I am looking forward to the silent refinement of electric cars, I share Andrew Frankel’s concern that the mellifluous burble of the cross-plane V8 engine is in danger of becoming a sound of the past (‘The late eight show’, 24 October).
His list of the five best V8s omitted two that had great soundtracks but whose careers were less than illustrious, one being an utter disaster.
One was the Triumph Stag’s. It typified all that was wrong with British Leyland: a promising design wrecked by poor quality materials and assembly. But before its inevitable breakdown, it had one of the best V8 exhaust notes ever.
The other was the small but perfectly formed 2.5-litre Daimler V8. Appearing only in the Dart sports car and a Daimler-badged version of the Jaguar Mk2, it also sounded the business but was then discontinued. I suppose with its greater number of cylinders but smaller capacity, it sat uneasily alongside Jaguar’s larger inline sixes. Mike Bacon Towcester, Northamptonshire