AUTOS: Return of the Lead Sleds

Return of the Lead Sleds

Like dry martinis and folk music, another icon of the 1960s is coming back: the big, long car. Among several 1989 models that General Motors unveiled last week was the new Buick Riviera, fully 11 in. longer than the 1988 version. The Cadillac division's new Fleetwood and DeVille models are as much as 9 in. longer than last year's cars, and they even sport a discreet version of their old tail fins.

Customers are buying such boaty vehicles because gasoline is relatively cheap, and GM and Ford are determined to satisfy the demand. Even though the cars are more fuel efficient...

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