6 SEPTEMBER 1975, Page 4

Buying British

Sir: Your motoring correspondent Peire Paul Read (August 23) writes divertingly about how he came to be the owner of a "middle-aged bourgeois" Renault 16. The path we followed was very different, but ended in the same comfortable seat.

We wanted and intended to buy British, in fact nothing else occurred to us. But from the day early in 1972 when I ordered a new Ford Cortina automatic from our regular dealer we have heard nothing. No possibilitity of a mistake. A well-fed young man in a car-coat dragged me across a wet and windy car-park to a caravan where he took down every detail. Six months later I mentioned to a • Renault garage that I was wanting a new car, and the next day two models were driven out for us to try, one of which we bought. This comfortable and reliable car, which seems to have been made with the well-being of the driver in mind, rather than the convenience of the manufacturer, has just come up for its MOT test, and still not a word from Ford's. Whether the lack of efficiency and patriotism lies with the retailer or the manufacturer I don't know, but the negative result to the British would-be customer is the same.

Can you give us a pithy answer for Fords in the laughably unlikely possibility of our order coming through?

Daphne Baker Cobhambury House, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent