[rescue] What a load of...

Sheldon T. Hall shel at artell.net
Mon Oct 1 13:30:10 CDT 2007

Quoth Dan Sikorski ...

> It is my understanding, and please correct me if I'm wrong, that US 
> sportscars are overly expensive in Europe, making them rather 
> unattractive for European drivers.  One example is the Ford 
> Mustang GT.  
> Here in the US, if you're looking for muscle (and can turn a 
> blind eye 
> to handling) it's hard to beat for the price of $25k.  However, raise 
> the price 5-10k, and there are many better cars to choose from.


However, some folks buy 'em.  The guys I just bought my Volvo through have a
very recent Mustang GT parked among the Renaults and Citroens in front of
their garage.  There's also a big Seventies Oldsmobile around back.  The
Mustang looks pretty big, compared to the stuff you see on the roads here in
France, but the Olds is just plain huge.  I have no idea where they drive
it; at US$8.00 a gallon for gasoline, they probably don't drive it at all.

Our Volvo (an 850 Turbo Diesel wagon) is a small-medium sized car by US
standards, but it's pretty big by French standards; most folks here drive
itty-bitty things like the Renault Twingo or the  Peugeot 107. 

There are a number of roads you can't get through with anything much bigger
than a Twingo.  Some of the midiaeval villages require you to park outside
town if you car is over X centimeters wide, which our Volvo invariably is.
Even some of the famous tree-lined highways are pretty claustrophobic in the


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