• Mar 30, 2008
John Herlitz packed a lot of memorable MOPAR into his 35 years with Chrysler. He graduated from college and started with the company as a designer in 1965. In just three years, Herlitz became manager of the Plymouth Intermediate Car Studio and didn't waste much time making his mark on the lineup.

Best known for his redesign of the 1970 Barracuda and 1971 GTX, Herlitz went on to work on several well-known concept cars, including the '97 Copperhead (above right).

Upon the announcement of Herlitz's retirement in 2001, Tom Gale, then executive vice president of Chrysler Product Development, said, "John Herlitz has made a tremendous contribution to DaimlerChrysler, and we will miss him personally and professionally. John's design signature has been seen on Chrysler branded vehicles from 1968. He has a true passion for cars and vehicle design that is unparalleled in the industry."

Herlitz died Wednesday at 65.

[Source: Automotive News (subscription required)]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      They do have Tom Gale's son...but it is sad to see the passing of historic creative forces. RIP John.
      • 6 Years Ago
      RIP John, and thank you for some great designs.

      Shame that Chrysler doesn't have people like John and Tom Gale anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      R.I.P.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As someone who has spent the past few years of his life restoring a 1970 Barracuda convertible (and is a few months away from completion), this saddens me very much. The car's been a big part of my high school and college years, and its rarity always makes it a conversation starter, to say the least. Herlitz's impact on Mopar design will not be forgotten
      Michael
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank you John.
      • 6 Years Ago
      now if it was the man who designed the '71 Cuda, i would have shed a tear...but none the less..Mopars forever
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great article on the Chrysler blog:

      http://blog.chryslerllc.com/blog.do?id=317&p=entry
      • 6 Years Ago
      The copperhead was always one of my favorites. That's really sad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That Barracuda, and that man, are legends

      R.I.P.