“The decade from 1929 to 1939 … happened to be a period of stagnation in design when, for the first time, the advertising and sales men dominated the engineers …. This combination of circurnstances had disastrous results on car design in general.”—A. Bird and I. Hallows: The R.R. Motor Car.
“The ‘thirties was a time of rapid automotive technology. There were surplus manpower and surplus materials, and as a result of this unfortunate combination of economic factors, only those automobile manufacturers who could continue to offer technological advancements in their product on almost a monthly basis could survive.”—R. E. Turnquist: The Packard Story.