Business: Richard Nixon, Car Salesman

Detroit is gratefully naming Richard Nixon the New Car Salesman of the Year. Auto sales were strong even before he froze prices; now they are going through the roof. It is much too early to tell how well the four-week-old 1972 model year will turn out, but it is clearly off to a fast start. "It is our best introductory period in history," says Robert D. Lund, Chevrolet's general sales manager. Adds Ben Bidwell, Lincoln-Mercury general manager: "Our dealers have never seen anything like today's boom."

The authoritative Ward's Automotive Report predicted last week: "Domestic and import new-car dealers can't miss posting...

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