AUG 28th 2017

John Simister: What happened to (almost) all the rear‑engined cars?

I was thinking back to the impromptu classic car rally to Wales that a friend and I organised last March and how, had I taken my little Stiletto as planned, five of the six participating cars would have been rear-engined. True, those five cars had their roots in the 1960s or even earlier, but why was a rear-mounted engine once such a common design feature in mainland Europe? And why did it all but die out?

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