Autos: New Drive at G.M.

In Detroit, where secrets are hard to keep, General Motors has for many months been working on a top-secret project: a new and sporty-looking Oldsmobile that will be the first U.S. auto to have front wheel drive since the 1937 Cord. The new car—code-named "Holiday"—is a 1966 model that G.M. plans to introduce next fall.

The Holiday is bound to be controversial. Ever since Leonardo da Vinci proposed one in 1500, men have been designing vehicles with front wheels that provide the traction or driving power, rear wheels that merely go along...

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