April 10: Harley Earl, GM’s visionary design chief, remembered

GE Anderson

Harley Earl Firebirds

Harley Earl, GM's first vice president of design and arguably the most influential designer in automotive history, died on this date in 1969. Earl invented the concept car as a way of gauging public opinion with the 1938 Buick Y-Job, which he used as his daily driver. Among his more notable achievements are the development of clay modeling techniques, two-tone paint schemes, tail fins, and the Chevrolet Corvet For more on Earl's legacy, enjoy the video below:

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