AUTOMOBILES: Quotas Imposed

In the big-windowed OPM boardroom one day last week, 18 automakers sat and held their breath. Ex-automaker Bill Knudsen had just told them they had to cut their production by an average 26½% for the first four months of the 1942 car year, 50% for the full year (to 2,150,000 units).

But they had expected that. At length one of them asked the important question: "Do these quotas mean that the industry is to be guaranteed materials to produce sufficient automobiles to fill them?"

Up rose boyish, jut-jawed James S. Adams, OPM's...

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