As other U.S. automakers were shutting down plants last week for the changeover to 1960 models, Ford and Chevrolet were still rolling out cars in their battle for first place. For the full 1959 model year, which began last October, unofficial figures show Ford on top by some 20,000 cars. From January through July, though, Chevy is ahead by an estimated 29,000 cars. In July alone, Ford rushed ahead of Chevy, took more than 25% of the auto market.
Estimated July auto sales: