I can echoe that, though only half an inch difference. Hip replacement not happened - yet. 52 yrs ago - thank you Stanley Frederick Love and your Hillman Minx.
Sad to hear of the old chaps injury, but wouldn't pension him off yet. We can be tough old birds if a little brittle, and there's little joy in four wheels unless the roof comes off - and even then . . . nah, not the same.