Autos: Coming for 1963

In gossipy Detroit, the rumor mills found much to grind on about the size and shape of next fall's 1963 models.

Hottest news was Ford's decision to introduce the U.S.'s first "compact compact," a 99-in. wheelbase car called the Cardinal. Designed to capture a chunk of the market now held by the Rambler American and such utility imports as the Volkswagen, the Cardinal will be produced, starting in July, at the same Louisville plant that made the ill-fated Edsel. To cut labor costs, Ford will have some Cardinal parts-including the engine, transmission and differential-machined in Germany and shipped to Louisville...

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