In Paris' Grand Palais last week, 105 automakers from eight countries put their prize products on display in Europe's most lavish motorcar exhibit, the 40th Salon d'Automobile et du Cycle. While car prices ran as high as $14,000, it was the "baby cars" that stole the show.

Britain's entries included 1) a new, boxlike Ford Anglia, with a four-cylinder engine capable of 50 to 60 m.p.h., which sells for about $1,100, and 2) the Standard Eight, a four-cylinder model that sells for $956. France showed off a tiny Rovin convertible, with a top...

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