National Geographic : 1973 Oct
Follow these guidelines when you look at the 1974 Ford LTD and we think you'll find this isn't just another car slogan: THE CLOS It's easy enough to decide whether a car is good-looking. But then you have to make some decisions that aren't as simple. Like how well-made it is. And how good the workmanship really is. Of course every body has an opinion about which cars are well-made. But the fact remains that lots of people could use some advice about how to judge an automobile. And that's what we're doing. Telling you what to look at, and what to look for, when you go to buy a car. In short: What to do after you kick the tires. 1. Slam the doors a cou ple of times. And listen for a good solid sound. And while you're at it pay careful attention to how the doors hang. The lines should be straight and the space around them even and tight. It might interest you to know that in some of our own quality tests we slam prototype doors about 80-thousand times just to be sure that they can stand the punishment. 2. Take a good look at how the hood joins the rest of the body. It should seat itself flush with the ad- ER YOU LOOK, joining surfaces with neat even spacing all around. 3. Examine how the fenders join to form the body against the same standards that you've used in looking at the hood. See how the lights, bump ers, grille and other components are joined to form the body. The basic rule is tight, smooth fits. 3. 2. 4. Examine all the moldings and trim. And don't just look at it, run your hand along it, too. Besides being straight and true, the joints should be smooth, with no protruding edges. If you're look ing at a car with a vinyl top, it should fit tight and smooth. Frayed edges and bits of cloth protruding are obviously a mark against it. 5. Get inside the car and sit down. Bounce up and down on the seats feeling for comfort and support. Check the seat adjustment. It should move easily and lock snugly. Looking at the upholstery it should have a neat, well-tailored appearance.