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In praise of the 406

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Old 03-06-24, 09:46 AM
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Default In praise of the 406

Having now driven a 406 a few miles I realise I have hopelessly underestimated this model. It has a reputation for being under powered that was justified 30 years ago. Now this is all but irrelevant.

In the early late fifties through to the eighties there was a fair amount of slow moving traffic on the "A" roads and constant overtaking was necessary to make decent progress. Nowadays traffic all moves at a similar pace fairly close to the speed limit. The 406 is happy in overdrive at motorway speeds and is a very relaxed ride.
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Old 03-06-24, 06:42 PM
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Spot on, the 406 is a really lovelly motor. But I guess most Bristol owners would say the same about theirs!!
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