OVERVIEW Car and Driver was published by William B. Ziff and his Ziff-Davis Publishing Company. It is a re-titling of
Sports Car Illustrated. The publisher was Bradford Briggs and the editor was Karl E. Ludvigsen.
Mr. Ludvigsen is credited with the name change to Car and Driver with the April 1964 issue. He wanted to shift the focus to a more general
automotive magazine and not one just exclusive to sports cars.
It is still published but has had several different business owners through the years. Ziff-Davis sold the title to CBS in 1984 after David E. Davis Jr. had
returned as the magazine's editor-in-chief. CBS held the title for two to three years, then in January, 1988 it was briefly owned by Diamandis Communications. Within
a few months it was acquired by Hachette Filapacchi Media U.S. Hachette owned it from April, 1988 until May, 2011, then Hearst Communications acquired the magazine assets in 2011.
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PUBLICATION DATA Car and Driver publishers provided net paid circulation data from 1962 through 1985.
The magazine started in the #4 position and typically was in the #3 or #4 position based on monthly print volume.
Monthly print volumes started at 33,000 in 1962, reached 121,600 in 1983, and then dropped to 90,600 by 1985.
The magazine is still published as of 2020. Only images through 1995 are included at this time.