How Many Cars?

The Detroit dream of a roaring postwar market got confirmation in a Chevrolet survey last week. It revealed that by the midpart of next year: 1) 6,500,000 prewar car owners will be earless due to sales & junkings; 2) 9,500,000 will be limping along in antiquated autos worth less than $100 each.

Chevrolet thus placed the immediate postwar demand at 16,000,000 cars, more than half of the prewar U.S. total. (Best prewar year: 4,795,000 cars, 1929.) Added to this will be a demand for 1,000,000 trucks from onetime truckers now forced to get along without them. To buy the cars and...