[rescue] Sun Netra = Ultra 2?
Sheldon T. Hall
shel at tandem.artell.net
Sat Dec 9 16:08:16 CST 2006
Phil Stracchino wrote ...
> Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> > French cars have always been distinguished by that sort of
> > thing. Even the
> > big DS Citroens had relatively piddly engines, yet they
> > could sustain
> > dam'good cross-country speeds. You just had to forget
> > anything you knew
> > about driving a car, and get used to the hydraulic gear-change, the
> > single-spoked steering wheel, the moldy-orange brake
> > button, and all the
> > other ergonomic strangeness.
> "Brake button"...?
Yep. A rubber-covered button on the floor, instead of a pedal. It didn't
move perceptably; instead of applying more brakes when you pushed farther,
it applied more brakes when you pushed harder. Using those brakes was an
acquired skill, especially for someone raised on non-power-brake US cars, I
can tell you. It was even tricky for somone raised on
don't-need-no-steenkin'-power-brake-Britcars. The DS had very powerful
brakes, and the first few times they were applied by the uninitiated the
result was generally a smoking stop rather than a gentle deceleration.
> > Great ride, though, and amazing ability to
> > maintain their momentum through the corners.
> They may have looked funky according to US tastes, but they were very
> mechanically advanced and very aerodynamic. They had self-levelling
> hydropneumatic suspension and a full underbody pan to clean up airflow
> under the car, which enabled them to maintain higher cruising speeds
> with a smaller engine.
They were perhaps more "tabula rasa" than "advanced," with a side-order of
"NIH," but they were, and are, very interesting cars.
A slightly stretched, all-black DS-23 Pallas with a divider and full
back-seat curtains used to live not far from my ex-mother-in-law, on the
outskirts of Copenhagen. Every time I saw it, it was parked in the full
"down, boy" position, with the sills right on the ground. It looked like
some sort of escape pod. It was a pretty up-scale car for the neighborhood;
I don't think too many members of the Royal Family lives in those
grey-brick, late-forties apartment blocks.
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