A Letter From the Publisher: Apr. 1, 1985

Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca has had such a long and distinguished career in the auto industry that even before the reporting on this week's cover story % began, TIME's Detroit bureau had amassed a bulging storehouse of information on him. The files date back to 1964, when the magazine produced the first of its four cover stories on Iacocca. Then a Ford executive, he had just launched what quickly became the hottest-selling new car in the U.S., the Mustang. While preparing for this week's cover story, Detroit Bureau Chief Paul Witteman found among the office records some of his own notes...

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