AUTOS: Fast Getaway

As the 1959 cars wheeled into showrooms, the big question was: How well will they sell? If the '59s catch on, they could lead the U.S. economy to its greatest boom. If they flop, recovery might be plodding. Last week, even discounting the usual dealer enthusiasm, the cars looked mighty hot. Government economists, weighing such factors as auto prices, population growth and the age of cars now on the road, predicted 1959-model sales of 5,500,000-6,000,000, v. 4,300,000 for the '585.

Peep Show. The earliest starter—General Motors' Buick—broke away fast. Buick General Manager...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!