Benzine was a very popular fuel additive, along with things like alchohol
and nitromethane in racing fuels of the thirties or so.
> Thanks, I think that resolves my question nicely. Now I am wondering, how
> did the French ever allow 10% benzene content in fuel? I have the
> impression that benzene is pretty nasty stuff. You don't think they're
> still doing it, do you? When I was there all the cars seemed to be diesel.
> Bullwinkle had this to say:
> >However, gasoline/alcohol/benzene blends were acceptable, as indicated by
> >experience in France with a blend consisting of 75 percent gasoline, 15
> >percent alcohol, and 10 percent benzene.