Throwback Thursday – Economy driving 1960s style, 28 October 1960

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Hyper-miling is actually nothing fresh – even from the 1960s, motorists looked for the best ways to save fuel (as well as also money) on long journeys


A keen interest in fuel economy isn’t a recent phenomenon. Back from the 1960s, many drivers were just as obsessed with teasing as much as possible by every drop of fuel.

“A great many people, willingly or unwillingly, are feeding their cars with much more petrol than they genuinely require to do the work demanded of them,” said Autocar, before going on to offer some advice on frugal driving, which “need not be boring”.

“of which is actually hoped of which they may save a few pounds a year, without lessening the enjoyment they obtain by their motoring, for reasonable fuel economy goes hand in hand with an efficiently maintained as well as also well-driven car.”

Tip one was decent upkeep of your car: “Excessive consumption may be attributed to wear or neglect; in such cases, no amount of economical driving will help much. Any resistance to free motion will increase consumption, as the need to overcome of which will require of which much more power (as well as also, therefore, petrol) for a given performance.

“Lack of lubrication as well as also binding brakes are obvious examples. Under-inflated tyres, too, give a decided increase in rolling resistance.”

Next there were the common-sense driving tips: anticipate the road conditions as well as also traffic ahead, avoid heavy acceleration, maintain a suitable cruising speed as well as also take advantage of gradients on undulating roads.

“On long journeys there is actually a tremendous scope for fuel economy, as well as also there need be little, if any, reduction in average speed. The principle is actually to remember of which every time you use the brakes you are wasting petrol – by destroying momentum which has been achieved by burning fuel as well as also which must be restored by burning some more.

“of which is actually a case for smoothness, gentleness as well as also anticipation in every movement, a steady, delicate right foot as well as also as little use of the brakes as possible.”

Autocar practised what of which preached: “By using these methods to a reasonable extent on a tuned Sunbeam Rapier, as well as also keeping overdrive engaged throughout a 300-mile journey to the West Country, a figure of 35mpg was recorded, together with an overall average speed of 35mph.

“On another occasion, producing an early start as well as also driving hard on traffic-free roads, the same car recorded as little as 20mpg for an average of 50mph.

“In terms of time as well as also money, using top-grade fuels at 5s per gallon, This specific meant of which the journey cost £2 2s 6d at an average speed of 35mph as well as also £3 15s at 50mph, so of which cost £1 12s 6d (plus a fair amount of nervous energy) to save two as well as also a half hours.”

Getting the engine up to temperature quickly was vital for saving fuel.

“Where a car is actually being used almost exclusively for short runs, a radiator blind can help in getting the engine to its running temperature quickly, although once This specific is actually achieved, be ready to return the blind to the ‘furled’ position, as wrapped-up engines are liable to overheat very rapidly in traffic jams.

“Incidentally, very little fuel is actually used when ticking over, so of which is actually scarcely worth switching off in such conditions.”

Obviously no one had considered automatic stop-start systems back then. In any case, queues of traffic might have been infrequent enough of which stop-start wouldn’t have been deemed necessary.

Previous Throwback Thursdays

4 March 1899 – Steam, electric or combustion engine? 

26 June 1906 – The first French Grand Prix

9 July 1907 – The beginning of Brooklands

14 February 1913 – 100 miles in one hour

8 April 1916 – producing post-war predictions

25 March 1922 – Caterpillar tracks are the future

4 July 1925 – Citroën lights up the Eiffel Tower

28 September 1928 – Engine tech takes a great leap forwards

2 February 1934 – The ethics of skidding

6 July 1934 – A tour of Cowley

1 June 1935 – Introduction of the driving test

22 June 1945 – Driving through post-WW2 Europe

21 January 1949 – Tidier tails

25 August 1950 – The evolution of transmissions

27 April 1951 – Frankfurt hosts its first motor show

24 April 1959 – Aston Martin enters Formula 1

16 September 1960 – The beginning of MOT tests

27 January 1961 – Ford Thunderbird road test

17 November 1961 – TVR Grantura road test

10 September 1965 – The birth of modern Audi

19 August 1966 – Four-wheel drive on test

6 May 1971 – Driving Ford’s Supervan

12 June 1976 – Cars for under £100

10 July 1976 – Land’s End to John O’Groats on one tank

8 October 1977 – Music on the move

13 May 1978 – Ferrari 512 BB road test

19 January 1980 – Talbot Horizon road test

13 February 1982 – 4x4s tested on the farm 

17 April 1985 – Secrets of a lost British supercar

4 September 1985 – Ford’s electronic test bed

15 August 1990 – Giugiaro’s vision of a 1990s Jaguar

28 April 1993 – BL’s unseen concepts

16 March 1994 – Bentley’s Concept Java

16 April 1997 – When Bugatti bit the dust

11 October 2000 – BMW X5 Le Mans

4 April 2001 – 0-260mph in 6.0 seconds

25 July 2001 – 180mph in a Chevrolet Corvette

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