Autos: Running Ahead at the Half

Although faced with rising prices, a tax increase, the Vietnamese war and the cost of civil rights strife, the American consumer is pouring out vast amounts of money for new wheels. With the year half gone, Detroit has sold 3,830,725 cars, a jump of 342,994 over the same period in 1967. And automakers were happily predicting that if 1968 does not surpass the alltime record of 1965, it will still be a 9,000,000-plus year—perhaps the second best ever.

Intermediate models are leading the way. Most of the sporty lines have failed to pull...

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