OT: Why are cars getting bigger?

Larry Colen lrc at red4est.com
Sat Oct 3 13:12:44 EDT 2020

> On Oct 3, 2020, at 9:59 AM, John <jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> On 10/2/2020 20:25:08, lrc at red4est.com wrote:
>> On October 2, 2020 5:09:55 PM PDT, John Francis <johnf at panix.com> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 02:58:03AM -0400, Igor PDML-StR wrote:
>>>> Boris Liberman Wed, 30 Sep 2020 22:32:55 -0700 wrote:
>>>> My late father was 172 cm tall and considered himself an average
>>> height. I
>>>> am 180 cm tall and I think just like my dad.
>>>> So, yes - he could fit comfortably in Ford Escort circa 1980es, while
>>> I'd
>>>> prefer bigger Ford Focus.
>>> I'm 180cm (5' 11"), about the same height as my father, and neither of
>>> us
>>> (or my younger brother) had any problem fitting in, or driving, our
>>> 1970
>>> Ford Escort Estate.
>>> My brother ended up owning that car - when I left home I chose to take
>>> my
>>> mother's Morris Minor 1000 Traveller at no cost, rather than purchasing
>>> the Escort at a nominal price.
>> Just a few days ago I watched a bit of a hoonigan video where someone upwards of 6'4" got into and drove a 1966 MG midget.
>> He actually got better than he would have in a Miata.
> I've shrunk to somewhere between 5'11" and 5'10" ** and I have trouble fitting in a Miata
> ... and it's not just because I'm too wide now, so shut up you face.

With my first daily driver miata, I had to cut foam out of the driver’s seat cushion because it sat me so high the wind over the windshield blew my hat off.

> I couldn't use the gas & brake pedals without my knee hitting the side of the console. I ended up with a MGB instead (which also cost me about 1/10 what the Miata would have).

I had a friend who was 6’6” who had MGBs.

Larry Colen
lrc at red4est.com

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