TO THE EDITOR:
R.I.P. Smart ("Not a Smart bet," May 6). As the owner of two of these little beasts over the years, I have to say, there was one thing that made Smart utterly unique: It was the only car that delivered its greatest value when it WASN'T MOVING. That is, you could park it anywhere.
On the way to its destination, the Smart was slow, rough and noisy — but once you arrived, you were the champ: You could sneak into a spot and be at your dinner reservation right on time while space-searching Cadillac and BMW drivers were still circling the block, fuming!
GLENN MERCER, Shaker Heights, Ohio, The writer is an independent researcher who periodically addresses automotive topics.