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The New York Times
December 10, 1922

Difficulty in obtaining enough closed bodies to meet the demand will be one of the predominating factors in 1923 was the impression gained by Alfred Reeves, general manager of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, after an extended visit to the motor car plants in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

"October and November supplied bigger shipments than ever was recorded for the same period of any previous year," he said.  "The same need for motor vehicles, which is destined to create a record output of 2,400,000 cars in 1922, or 10 per cent. better than the previous high mark of 1920, will be as keenly felt in 1923.  More persons will be able to purchase the needed transportation because farming conditions will be better, exports are showing a turn upward, and the closed car output which was only 10 per cent. of the total in 1919 is running as high as 25 to 30 per cent. today.

"The continued growth and record output of the industry in 1922, which has astounded some, may be accounted for by the fact that motor transport meets a fundamental human need for individual means of travel, and by the fact that manufacturers readjusted prices promptly and directly to the ultimate consumer, so that motor vehicle values now are the best that have ever been offered."

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