The Bentley Can Wait

Life during wartime is supposed to require a certain austerity, even among the corporate élite. During World War II, for example, the old American Tobacco Co. changed its Lucky Strike cigarette packs from white to green, supposedly to conserve the copper in the green dye for the war effort. So what privations will todays war on terrorism demand? Or, to put a finer point on it, is it still O.K. to worry that the leather upholstery on your new $220,000 touring sedan might make an annoying rubbing sound?

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