My nearest brother's BRG + wire wheels 1965 MGB 4-pot 1800cc. had a quoted top speed of 106 mph. My Dad's 1955 Ford Zephyr, 6-pot 2262cc. had a quoted top whack of just 81 mph. My own 1st car, a 1966 Triumph Vitesse saloon, 6-pot, 1600cc overdrive could just about sniff at 100 mph, but with it's rear swing axles was unstable at that sort of speed. A very dangerous little car. My Gf./fiancee/wife drove a convertible 4-pot 1200cc Herald, less speedy, but a safer bet.
Much later I bought a 'used' 1928 Alvis 1250 with open touring 4-seat bodywork (1973), which could wind its way up to a dizzying 62 mph, but try stopping her from that speed !
well done Tom ,....I accept your speeds....we had a Ford Consul.. Was it a mark 11....bench seat and column gear change......
0 to 30 M.P.H. in first gear...
we towed a twelve foot clinker sailing dinghy down to Cornwall every Friday Night and left Cornwall 5 o'clock sunday evening in the summer
Our next door neighbour had a Mark 111 Ford Zodiac ....He would drive 20 miles to his milk tanker ...transport milk up to London overnight return with his
tanker ...get in his car and drive home...in those days he drove his vehicles hard.
Triumph Herald was a good car ...a local yacht owner could carry his two crew and weekend cruising requirements down to Weymouth on a Friday Evening.
Weekend cruising from Weymouth ...week end cruises to Poole , Cherbourg , Alderney, Dartmouth...usually about 12 hours
One of the lads drove his fathers Vitesse to College....Did that vehicle have twin headlights ?