AUTOMOBILES: OPACS, OPM & 50%

A long-smoldering feud between Bill Knudsen's OPM and Leon Henderson's OPACS finally exploded last week—right under the nation's automobile manufacturers. The explosion was an order issued by Henderson: the industry would have to cut automobile and light truck production 50%, to about 2,400,000 units in the new model year. It could make 600,000 units a month in August, September and October. After that the limit was 200,000 a month. Only assembly lines for heavy trucks badly needed for transportation and Army could keep going top speed (600,000 last year).

This made evident...

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