Business: 1953 Economy Run

At a minute past midnight, 26 autos headed out of Los Angeles for Sun Valley in the fourth annual "Mobilgas Economy Run," a three-day trip to determine which U.S. car gets the best gas mileage. General Motors, which has passed up the test in the past, did so again (one dealer entered a Chevrolet on his own hook, but was disqualified when he missed a turn and ran out of gas). Willys did not participate either. But aside from them, every standard make mass-produced in the U.S. was represented.

On the 1,200-mile trip to...

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