Mecum Auto Auctions has a hot lot for its October 12 event at the Schaumburg Convention Center outside Chicago - Harley Earl's personalized 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. The beauty was gifted to him by General Motors not just for 30 years of employment, but for establishing the concept car, with the Buick Y-Job, and kicking off the decadent, tail-finned designs that typified American cars in the 1950s.
General Motors Design is 85 years old this month, and it has put together a photographic sampling of its history that would be understatement to label merely "rich." The division has been the home of Harley Earl, Charles Jordan, the Cadillac Madame X and its V16, the Turret Tops, the first concept car, an industrial design division working on projects like the Kitchen of Tomorrow, the 1951 Buick LeSabre, the Stingray, Mako Shark and Manta Ray Corvettes, and so much more.
General Motors built the Futurliner to promote a traveling show called the "GM Parade of Progress" in the 1940s and '50s. The slippery-lined bus, which was penned by the legendary Harley Earl, is one of 12 that traveled the U.S. to show Americans the future of motoring and technology.
Harley Earl (1893-1969), considered by many as the Father of American Automotive Design, left an indelible mark on our nation's roads. And now, a collection of sixty-six photos that were on display at the Automotive Hall of Fame last year from May through July—is now available for purchase on eBay. The photos include family pictures and design patents for such memorable concepts as the Buick Y-Job (pictured) and LeSabre.