By Al Vinikour
It doesn’t make any difference if a car is a sedan, station wagon, coupe or convertible; if the seating capacity is listed as “5” then deduct 3. If it’s listed as “6” you can deduct 4. And if it’s shown as “4” you can legitimately deduct 2. This has angered me for some time. You may ask, “Why, Mr. Al, does this anger you so?” I’ll tell you why it angers me so.
When people my age were young, and the earth had sufficiently cooled to allow civilization to walk upright, cars were roomy enough to hold a prom in them. Lord knows enough fireworks shows went on in them throughout the decades. Take a 1949 Hudson, for instance. There was enough passenger room to house a small town with its own mayor, post office and zip code. It didn’t take a Cray Super Computer to make one think the vehicle was designed by claustrophobics. Hell, a ’51 Packard could have served as a maintenance hangar for a B-36.