75 Years Ago (January 1939): Production Off 47%; New Willys Chief; Buehrig Seeks Capital; New Accessories Unveiled Despite a strong fourth-quarter performance, a lengthy recession trimmed 1938 car and truck output to 2,655,777 units, 47% below the 5,016,437 built in 1937, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports. Chevrolet was No.1 at 696,530 units, down from 1,183,180 cars and trucks in 1937. Combined output of Ford-brand vehicles and the new-for-’39 Mercury ran second at 632,364 ...

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