Long live the Model A, the best American car ever made to this day!
I owned a 1928 Model A roadster in 1956, and driving it was every bit as much fun as A. W. Miller maintains.
A feature which endeared the car to a thin-walleted teen-ager was its economy. A week's driving around town (with as many as 13 companions clinging precariously to various seats, running boards and handholds) cost $2. A nearby junkyard provided a cylinder head ($5), a transmission ($15) and all the 21-inch treadless tires I could use at 50¢ each. A new exhaust muffler-tailpipe assembly cost $8.
The Model A truly rates as a masterpiece of automotive engineering and design.
DAVID T. DEAN
As a Model A Ford fan and owner, I thought you would be interested in this picture of my 1930 Model A Ford town car, one of 63 manufactured that year. It has been completely restored and, needless to say, it is my pride and joy. I am my own ununiformed chauffeur.
ANNE C. TAYLOR
New Haven, Conn.
Please let me explain that although I was a qualified artillery instrument sergeant, I was so nearsighted (—5 and—7 diopters) that when we entered World War I, I was rejected for enlistment by every combat service in the U.S. It took me a whole month to find, in the U.S.A. Ambulance Service, a doctor who knew less about eye examinations than I did. This explanation was lost from my article [The Forgotten Fun of Driving].
A. W. MILLER
New York City
You stated that Billy Cannon weighs a "rock-hard 205 pounds" at 6 feet, 1 inch (SI, Jan. 4), which brings up something that has been bothering me. According to your previously published weight chart (SI, Nov. 2), that "rock-hard" specimen is overweight and so is almost every other football player in the country. How can this be?
J. A. RAGAN
Beverly Hills, Calif.
•The weight-for-height-and-age chart previously published was compiled for the "average" man and woman. Now Metropolitan Life's actuaries have prepared charts showing the "desirable" weight for men and women of small, medium and large frames (see right). Although actuaries caution that "individuals differ in various respects, such as chest breadth, width of hips, muscularity and other factors affecting desirable weight," Cannon is 17 pounds over.—ED.
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