1933-01-01

What Is Wrong with American Cars? 330024

WHILE recognizing that American interest in the 10-hp. type of car is academic at present, Mr. Pomeroy shows reasons why its design warrants close study. He describes an English passenger car that has adequate body capacity and an engine less than half the size of the smallest American engine, one only about one-third the size of the typical six-cylinder engine as fitted to American cars of the $500 to $600 class.
Specific data relating to the English 10-hp. type of car are presented, together with running comment thereon. The statement is made that the case for the 10-hp. type of car rests upon the undoubted and even enthusiastic satisfaction it is giving to a very large number of highly experienced and sophisticated motorists with just as high ideals of what an automobile should be as those in any other country.
Among the subjects touched upon in greater or less detail are: Gear shifting, automatic variable-speed transmission, the Fluid Flywheel, and comments on future passenger-car developments. Rear-engined cars, independent springing, streamlined bodies, weight saving and supercharging are included. In conclusion, Mr. Pomeroy asks whether the American car is to hitch its wagon to the star of top-gear performance for ever in spite of engineering developments which make this wasteful and unnecessary?

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