Autos: Year of the Astronaut

As Detroit's auto designers foresee it, drivers of the 1967 cars will feel like astronauts. Trying to style their products to keep pace with the trends of the times, the designers in past years have confected cars that they figured would resemble submarines or air planes. The inspiration for next fall's cars descends from space. Hoods will be lengthened and tapered, and passenger compartments will be moved back toward the rear wheels. "We're certainly not styling cars to rendezvous in space," says Ford Styling Director Eugene Bordinat, "but to many people this...

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