Business: The Backward Look

Among the new autos rolling off the nation's assembly lines this week are two sporty but little-known models with features that no other U.S. cars can match. The cars: 1901 Oldsmobiles, enjoying a jaunty revival in the era of the tail fin and the power brake. The cars are manufactured a scant five miles apart in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. by American Air Products Corp. (whose slogan is "The Backward Look") and by Starts Manufacturing Co. They began producing the cars last year as specialty items and display models for auto dealers and stores. But the antique Oldses caught on so well...

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