75 Years Ago (May 1939): Car Sales Lag; Packard Cuts Prices; Coal Strike Hits Ford; Briggs Workers Walk Out The “normal” spring upturn in new-car sales has thus far failed to materialize, Ward’s Automotive Reports’ says in its May 6, 1939, issue. Although, poor April weather is blamed for much of the decline, a “noticeable” upturn has taken place in the past week as warmer weather prevails. However, “the underlying strength is not broadening out as ...

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