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.
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