AUTOS: Treat-'Em-Rough

For nearly two miles, Los Angeles' Figueroa Street is lined with used-car lots flying the flamboyant flags of dealers like "Madman" Muntz, "Wildman" Pritchard, and "Honest John." Their zany ads for buying & selling cars delight zany Angelenos. Samples: "Just sound your horn ... we pay by ear," and "I want to give them away but Mrs. Muntz won't let me ... she's crazy."

One observer who was not amused was OPA. Reports that 75% of the $20 million-a-month sales on Automobile Row were under the table and over the ceiling made OPA decide to take action. Last week OPA...

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