Detroit: New Era Begins

At 3:18 of a snowy afternoon, in Flint, Mich, a little knot of men stood around a shiny black Chevrolet coupe in Assembly Plant Number Two. Someone had scrawled on its rear window in white crayon: last Chevrolet off Jan. 30, 1942. A reporter and a veteran Chevrolet workman climbed into the car. The reporter stepped on the starter, drove off the assembly line, turned the lights on & off, honked the horn. The strident little beep, echoing through the acres of suddenly silent machinery, signaled the end of an epoch in U.S....

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