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Cars Hot Rods Super Stock & Custom, and,

Cars - The Automotive Magazine

1959 to 1965

Cars magazine was first published in 1959 by Irwin Stein and his Royal Publications.  Stein had numerous car magazines in the era.  He was well known as a New York publisher and owner of Lancer Books.  He published many genres, but was best known for science fiction, detective and heroic fantasies. 

This magazine was first titled Hot Rods, Super Stocks and Customs. Three issues were printed with this name, then the title was changed to Cars - The Automotive Magazine in April, 1960.  It was published monthly with intermittent breaks until August, 1965, when it was re-titled as Hi-Performance Cars in October 1965.  The new title remained unchanged until the end of publication in 1983.  All issues were printed in the large format style.

PUBLICATION DATA: Cars had five years of publisher provided print volume data in a seven year period.  In these five years with data (1963 to 1965, 1968 to 1969), the title generally held the #5 or #6 position among all automotive titles with publisher provided net paid circulation details.  The available data suggest a 4% annual growth in magazines printed and distributed.

Dec 1959 Vol 1 No 1 Jan 1960 Vol 1 No 2 Mar 1960 Vol 1 No 3 April 1960
       
May 1960 June 1960  July 1960  Aug 1960 
       
Sept 1960 Vol 2 No 1  Oct 1960 Vol 2 No 2  Nov 1960 Vol 2 No 3  Jan 1961 Vol 2 No 4 
       
Feb 1961 Vol 2 No 5  Mar 1961 Vol 2 No 6  Apr 1961 Vol 3 No 1  May 1961 Vol 3 No 2 
 
July 1961 Vol 3 No 3  Sept 1961 Vol 3 No 4 Oct 1961 Vol 3 No 5 Nov 1961 Vol 3 No 6
Jan 1962 Vol 4 No 1 Feb 1962 Vol 4 No 2 April 1962 Vol 4 No 3 May 1962 Vol 4 No 4
July 1962 Vol 4 No 5 Sept 1962 Vol 4 No 6 Oct 1962 Vol 5 No 1 Nov 1962 Vol 5 No 2
Dec 1962 Vol 5 No 3 Jan 1963 Vol 5 No 4 Mar 1963 Vol 5 No 5 Apr 1963 Vol 5 No 6
June 1963 Vol 5 No 7 July 1963 Vol 6 No 1 Sept 1963 Vol 6 No 2 Oct 1963 Vol 6 No 3
Nov 1963 Vol 6 No 4 Dec 1963 Vol 6 No 5 Feb 1964 Vol 6 No 6 Mar 1964 Vol 7 No 1
April 1964 Vol 7 No 3 June 1964 Vol 7 No 4 July 1964 Vol 7 No 5 Aug 1964 Vol 7 No 6
Oct 1964 Vol 8 No 1 Nov 1964 Vol 8 No 2 Dec 1964 Vol 8 No 3 Feb 1965 Vol 8 No 4
Mar 1965 Vol 8 No 5 Apr 1965 Vol 8 No 6 June 1965 Vol 8 No 7 July 1965 Vol 8 No 8
   
Aug 1965 Vol 8 No 9
Last issue this title
Oct 1965 Vol 8 No 10
Note Title Change
   

 

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