U.S. Business: Quick Wash

For ailing American Motors Corp., Model Year 1967 was bound to be a year of change—if not in the company's sad sales record, then in its Detroit executive suite. Having spent $60 million on restyling, beleaguered President Roy Abernethy, 60, all but abandoned the head office for the hustings to drum up dealer interest in the new models. In Detroit, A.M.C. Chairman and No. 1 Stockholder Robert B. Evans, 60, settled back to watch the progress on his own pledge to "turn this company around."

Last week there was turning aplenty—though it was not exactly the kind Evans had in mind. After...

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