Facts & Figures, Aug. 18, 1947

Output Down. Labor disputes, shortages of materials and absenteeism due to the heat swelled the total of idle automotive workers to more than 80,000, slowed the industry's production to a weekly total of 79,699 cars and trucks (compared to 97,712 the week before and 108,472 at the postwar peak in March).

Rear-Engined Ballyhoo. On the first day of its New York showing, Preston Tucker's rear-engined, carburetor-less (fuel injection) Tucker '48, once called the Torpedo, drew some 15,000 paying spectators (40¢ for adults, 25¢ for children) to Manhattan's Museum of Science and Industry. After two weeks on the market, Tucker's $20,000,000...

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