Autos: More & More Compacts

For the first time in 1961, all auto plants were operating last week. Encouraged by rising sales, automakers stepped up production to 114,276 cars, the best of the year, though 21% below last year's fast pace. To keep up with the rising sales of compacts, automakers devoted 35% of car production to them—the highest percentage yet. Two new cars joined Detroit's bucket-seat brigade of compacts: Oldsmobile's F85 Cutlass and American Motors' Custom 400 Rambler American. The II compacts now are available in 97 models.


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