The Nation: Offers He Couldn't Refuse

With money tight and auto sales plunging, George Nouhan, a partner in a Chevrolet dealership in Hamtramck, Mich., began advertising that he would consider anything, anything at all, as a trade-in on a new car or truck. From around the country, inspired offers have been pouring into Hamtramck, a factory town encircled by the city of Detroit.

Nouhan has made deals with customers proffering jewelry, TV sets and freezers. When one man showed up with a 1947 singleengine, canvas-covered aircraft, Nouhan sportingly went along for a test ride, then accepted the plane as a...

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