JOE KIMMEL, President, Trans Analysis Institute, Villanova, Pa. Trans Analysis Institute analyzes vehicles' propensity to roll over and other safety issues. It has done work for the Center for Auto Safety in Washington.
To the Editor:
Patrick R. Foster's July 10 column on good mileage cars of yore ("Remember the days of real mpg?") reminded me of one of my favorites.
It was a brand new 1950 Ford Tudor 85-hp V-8 with overdrive.
In city driving, I would get up to 25 mpg.
In highway driving, such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 70 mph, I would get more than 30 mpg.
My present Mercedes E320 4Matic gets 28.6 on the interstates but only 14 mpg local driving.
That's reasonable considering the load -- air conditioning, etc., which I didn't have in 1950.
I'm looking forward to a Mercedes diesel with 4Matic when and if it's available.