Harley Earl

Harley Earl (1893-1969), preeminent American car designer, headed General Motors’ Art and Colour Section (later Styling Section) from 1927-1958. Under his direction GM stylists produced cars like the 1927 LaSalle, 1953 Corvette, and 1957 Chevrolet. Earl was also responsible for tailfins, extensive use of chrome trim, and wrap-around windshields. Below are three men who had a profound effect on the look of American cars: (left to right) Harley Earl; Bill Mitchell, Earl’s lieutenant and successor; and Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors from 1952 to 1958.

(Note: Photo was taken about 1955. The picture has been inscribed by Earl and Curtice to Mitchell, Earl writing, “Bill. This reminds me of very happy days. Harley--")

Image from the Collections of The Henry Ford. 1) P.O. 18743

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