AUTOS: End of a Business

Done for the duration is the All-American industry, the symbol of mass production, the maker and remaker of modern America : automobiles.

Nobody could buy a new car or truck in the U.S. last week. Nobody can until a rationing system is worked out—probably by Jan. 15. OPM barred all civilian sales. Furthermore, OPA told Detroit that its January production quota would be its last. By month's end the assembly lines will dead-stop.

Immediate victims of this double coup de grâce were 1) some 450,000 auto workers, laid off; 2) 44,000 auto dealers...

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