AUTOS: Trouble for H. J.

Like a nervous puppeteer, Henry J. Kaiser last week jerked one promise off the automotive stage, hastily substituted another. The long-ballyhooed front-wheel-drive Kaiser, promised to car-hungry America this summer, was sidetracked. The cause: "tooling" troubles. In its place, Kaiser last week offered the Kaiser Special, a conventional rear-wheel-drive car, in appearance similar to the Frazer.

Newsmen who received this information at a hastily whipped-up press conference in Detroit's Statler Hotel were not surprised. (Some who had visited Willow Run last week had seen only one car on the assembly line.) Why Kaiser would put aside one car because of "tooling" difficulties,...

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