Who They Are
W. van Til and Craig Anderson, who prepared the report
reprinted below, are noted South African automotive experts. They were
commissioned by H. Polliack & Co., Ltd., of Johannesburg, South
Africa. The Polliack Co., is one of the largest and oldest importers
and distributors in the Union of South Africa. The car used was a
standard Crosley Sedan chosen at random from a shipment to the Polliack
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On Feb. 27, 1947, we left Johannesburg at 0700 hours for
the Northern Transvaal. The road is tarmac for 160 miles and thereafter
is a first class dirt surfaced road, badly corrugated. Part of the
route is over one of the steepest and longest passes in the a Union,
Magoeba's Kloof, which is a very steep climb of 14 miles. The dirt
roads were very dry and dusty.
The first 134 miles were covered at a speed not
exceeding 30 m.p.h. The miles per gallon for this stretch were 33.3.
For the second leg of 184 miles the speed was pushed up to 35 m.p.h.
and 43 miles per gallon were obtained and we noticed that the stiffness
of the engine was easing off considerably. The third leg of 228 miles,
including Magoeba' s Kloof, resulted in miles per gallon of 38 and the
speeds varied from 15 m.p.h. to 40 m.p.h. This leg was covered during
The final leg was done at speeds varying from 45 to 65
m.p.h. and the miles per gallon were 34.4. This drop in petrol
consumption (they meant increase) over the last two legs of the journey
was caused through the very mountainous country through which we
traveled during the night and the high speeds attained on the level run
back to Johannesburg. The total time taken for this journey was 29
hours non-stop, of which six hours were devoted to refueling and other
Owing to the space, leg room and design of the
pilot-type seats, together with the springing and shock absorbers,
neither of us showed any strain after being in the car for a continuous
traveling time of 23 hours. We must stress that at no stage during the
29-hour spell did either of us go to sleep or rest, other than the
short stops for refueling and eating.
We found the performance of this car quite remarkable
and Mr. van Til is of the opinion that it is the most outstanding car
he has ever driven. The performance of the engine was truly remarkable,
the acceleration being comparable or better than that of a
30-horsepower American car. (The British rate automobiles at 30
horsepower which are rated at 100 or 110 horsepower in the U. S.)
No hills were rushed at and we found that not only did
the car maintain its speed, but actually picked up and pulled out at
the top of the hill at a considerably increased momentum. Mr. van Til
is of the opinion that this engine is one of the simplest and most
compact units he has ever encountered in his 30 years' experience in
the motor trade. All parts are most accessible and servicing is
simplicity itself. When accelerating it was found that the whole
developed 26.5 horsepower comes into play instantly and the car
positively surges forward and, in Mr. van Til's opinion, there is no
car in the world for its size which can compare.
No oil or water were used at all through the 683 miles
and at no stage did the engine run hot or show any signs of strain. We
found the steering very steady and nice to handle at speeds ranging
from 10 to 65 m.p.h. Brakes were efficient and reliable. For a car of
this class the accommodation for luggage is far in excess of that
usually connected with a car of this size.
Compare These Features
- An average speed of 28 miles an hour over washboard
- Mileage up to 45 miles per gallon on little better
than backcountry trails.
- No fatigue or strain after 29 hours on the road,
including mountain driving at night.
- No oil or water added in 683 grueling miles. Road
steadiness from 1 0 to 65 miles per hour.
- Flashing acceleration and instant delivery of full
- Plenty of leg room.
- No engine overheating even on a 1 4-mile mountain
- Efficient and reliable brakes. Excess space for