One fine summer evening in 1967, in the Parisian suburb of Vaucresson (where my parents lived), I decided to conduct a photographic study of cornering attitudes of the typical cars of the day. Italian cars, as shown by this Fiat 124 coupe above, exhibited controlled lean but an otherwise supple suspension.
Although not typical of the average British sedan (saloon), Minis, especially if they had any Paddy Hopkirk mods, cornered even flattter.
Now that we get Gallic, we begin to see a bit more lean, as in this Peugeot 204.
This is my sister cranking the family DS19 through this right-hander. OK, so she didn’t exactly clip the apex.
Now we are getting into some serious leanage. A Citroen 2CV commercial. Nice tight line.
OK, maybe not much more lean than the Fourgonnette, but really working at it. The classic 2CV cornering attitude. Those Michelin Xs weren’t even screaming.