There. That’s the car. It watches me. Every day, that Austin, it looks into my mind. Something must be done.


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That was my brother’s first car, badged as an Austin America. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another in the wild in the U.S. I remember the manual choke (this in a 1970 model), and it was my first experience of non-American principles of space utilization in a car. In other words, it was improbably spacious in that back seat.