Time Clock: Break With the Past

Two Detroit automakers reversed longstanding policies last week hoping to speed sales during the 1959 model year.

¶ Buick, its production of '58s halted at 242,000, v. 400,000 in the '57 model year, has scrapped its boxy, overchromed styling, will turn out a comparatively chrome-free, conservative "comeback car" in a "complete break with the past." The longer, lower, wider '59, which will come out in mid-September, will taper from its flaring, high-finned rear to its shovel-snouted front. It will have slanting double headlights like the 1958 Lincoln's, and bigger front and rear windows. Only this year's toothy aluminum grille will remain....