THE HORSEPOWER RACE: It Doesn't Endanger Safety

"We urge manufacturers to tone down their increasing emphasis on more and more horsepower and higher and higher speed," said the American Automobile Association recently. Last week, as more and more of 1956's new models hit the showrooms, there was little indication that the automakers were paying attention to A.A.A.'s horsepower fear. Plymouth announced a 200 h.p. "Hy-Fire V8" to match Ford's 202 h.p. "Thunderbird V-8"; Dodge and Mercury were boosted to 225-230 h.p., while Chrysler and Lincoln were up to 285 h.p., with most of General Motors still to come....

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