American cars found my 80-0 mph braking test hopelessly difficult. The little "rope-drive" Pontiac locked first one wheel and then another, before diving off on the road's dirt shoulder. The worst of this lot was Studebaker's "Golden Hawk," which would have been better named the "Cast-Iron Turkey." When I applied the Studebaker's brakes, hard, the car first swerved unpredictably, then straightened as its brakes began to fade. By the time I had it slowed to 35 mph its brakes had faded totally away, both of my feet pressing the brake pedal while the car coasted freely down the road.