AUTOS: Minor Bid

It was the first high tea Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria had served in years. Near the tea cozies, where U.S. newsmen juggled their cups a bit awkwardly, stood three new 1949-model Morris cars. Peppery Viscount Nuffield, Britain's biggest motormaker, had sent them over by the Queen Mary as an opening bid for the U.S. market and as an answer to an old antagonist.

The antagonist was thin, sandy-haired Leonard Lord, who had gone to work for Nuffield back in 1932. He became Nuffield's chief assistant, was in charge of the far-flung Nuffield organization (Morris, M. G. and Wolseley cars, trucks, etc.). But when...

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