Like so many, I have long listened to Car Talk on the radio and like so many, was saddened to learn of the death of brother Tom.
He had a great laugh and played the counter- to his brother with great aplomb and, one guesses, quite a bit of savvy.
They were fun together. And who doesn’t need car advice?
Here, then, for you, Tom, is the question I carried for years without ever getting around to calling it in:
What car actually has the most of its component parts built in the USA?
My former law partner and I used to lease cars and would jump on the car circuit every two years. Walt, a died-in-the-wool union man always looked for that built-in-the-USA identity as his first measure of a car’s value.
Even Walt had to admit, however, that with Toyota building cars in the United States and GM and others importing parts built in Mexico and elsewhere, it’s a tricky thing to carry out one’s decision to ‘buy American’.
I wish I had made that call.
Yet, somehow, I suspect it does not matter even one little bit to Tom. Or Ray.
Thanks, guys, for the memories, for inviting us into a corner of your minds, and for teaching us some things along the way.