The Turin Motor Show which opened its 12-day run on Wednesday (Oct 30), let the American cat out of the bag.
G.V.Pan Over Show.
S.V. President Giovanni Gronchi entering show.
S.V. President and party looking at car.
S.C.U. President Gronchi.
Long V. President and party looking at another car.
Nearer V. Ditto.
C.U. Fiat 500 moving on stand, President looking on.
S.V. A 1958 Buick
Side V. Ditto
S.C.U. Woman seated in car, adjusting seat position, she moves hand towards button control.
C.U. Pressing button.
S.V. Window goes down, she closes car door.
S.V. Small car with wicker seating.
Nearer V. Ditto.
S.V. The Alfa-Romeo 2000 cc
S.V.Pan. From Rolls Royce "Silver Cloud" to Rolls Bentley, "Continental"
S.V. Rolls Bentley "Continental".
G.V. Overlooking show.
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Background: The Turin Motor Show which opened its 12-day run on Wednesday (Oct 30), let the American cat out of the bag. Four days before the 'home' motor show in New York, the 1958 models were on view.
And for the first time, potential customers know just what the designers had been cooking up behind a heavy shroud of secrecy.
They have, at all events, made no concessions to the problem of parking which every country complains about; their cars are still charabanc-size. The craze for bigger and brighter batteries of rear lights seems to know no bounds - which is all very well for the driver, but not so funny for the motorist behind.
Apart from the American models the show present the mixture as seen at the Paris and London - with a preponderance of economy cars.
Twelve nations took part in the show. USA have the biggest representation of cars and accessories with 19 makes of cars; Britain is second with 18.