Autos: Life Without Father

Mahogany Row, the third-floor executive corridor at American Motors Corp. in Detroit, has been unwontedly quiet since George Romney left the president's office last February to run for Governor of Michigan. "It just isn't the same," sighs one AMC executive, "without George pumping up and down the halls and roaring in and out of the offices." For the first time since 1954, when Romney roared in to save little American Motors from the junk heap, the company last week introduced its new cars without him. They showed that more than the decibel count had changed on Mahogany Row.

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