AUTOS: The Big Road Show

Henry Ford II gripped a steering wheel, nudged General Motors President Harlow Curtice and beamed happily: "It sure looks as if we're going to sell a lot of cars." Lined up behind an outsized mock-up of a dashboard along with four other motormakers last week (see cut), Ford President Ford and G.M.'s Curtice had good reason to toot their horns. As they opened the first postwar National Automobile Show in Manhattan's Coliseum, 8,000 potential customers lined up outside. In the first two days, 70,000 plunked down 90ยข apiece just to see the racy goods Detroit was ready to sell them.


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