Thursday, December 10, 2009

50 years ago this was a little slice of England .... where??

It is hard to believe that this postcard was taken in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, every vehicle visible a British Ford. What happened to the V8 turnpike cruisers that American Ford was producing at the time? When petrol was cheap, the roads were wide and big, why would Americans have bought English rather than American Fords?

In fact quite a few dinky little European cars were imported into the USA, including from Eastern Europe. The most successful, as in New Zealand, was the Volkswagen. Very few American cars were sold in the UK, however, the reasons for which become obvious when you drive there: roads are narrow, shoulders are rare, and parking is always at a premium.

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