AUTOS: Ford on the Road Back

Spry, dry Henry Ford is again shaking up his fabulous empire. After 16 years of trying newfangled ideas, the sum of the evidence is that the Ford Motor Co. is going back to first principles.

Quietly eased out of the company were three top Ford men who have long espoused the newfangled ideas which old-fashioned Henry Ford has never completely accepted. The three: stocky, balding Laurence Spence Sheldrick, who came to Ford 20 years ago and has long worked as chief engineer; lean, sandy-haired Eugene Turrenne Gregorie, boss of the body-design division;...

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