The Cars of Harley Earl

The Cars of Harley Earl

by David Temple

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The Cars of Harley Earl by David Temple

At 6-foot, 3-inches tall, Harley Earl was an imposing figure, but his true stature lies in his towering talent for automotive design and styling. Over his 50-year career, he created as well as collaborated on the most innovative, bold, technologically advanced cars made by General Motors. As a titan of American auto design, the cars he helped create are still celebrated today. And as an enduring legacy, he inspired a generation of engineers, designers, and stylists.

Veteran automotive historian David W. Temple has researched and unearthed the complete story of Harley Earl’s cars, his notable design achievements, and many accolades. Working as a coachbuilder at his father's Earl Automotive Works in Hollywood, California, the young Earl learned his trade. After styling the 1927 LaSalle for GM president Alfred P. Sloan, Earl rose to prominence and ran the newly created department of Art and Color. Automobile design stagnated during the Depression and World War II, but the number of his contributions to the automotive world in the 1950s is staggering. When the jet age hit, he fully embraced aviation design and infused it into GM cars. The Buick Y-Job and GM Le Sabre featured many firsts in automotive design and hardware. The Y-Job's fender extensions trailing over the doors, disappearing headlamps, flush door handles, a metal cover over the convertible top were a few innovations. When General Motors needed to show off its cars and technology, Harley Earl-designed cars were the stars of the Motorama show that toured the country from 1949 to 1961. He led the team that created the 1953 Corvette, and this iconic American sports car is still going strong today. He was involved in the creation of the 1955-1957 Chevy Bel Air, otherwise known as the Tri-Five Chevy.

Harley Earl's drive toward bold and innovative design spurred American car design during the mid-twentieth century. His distinctive designs defined the 1950s finned cars and set American automotive design on the path it has followed into the modern era. With this in-depth examination, you learn the inside story of these remarkable cars and the man behind them. It’s an essential addition to any automotive library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613252345
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 781,377
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Temple is an authority on the GM Motorama show and its cars. He is a veteran automotive journalist and photographer specializing in the vintage car hobby. His work has appeared in Car Collector, Cars & Parts, Collectible Automobile, and other publications over the past 22 years. He is the author of Full-Size Fords, and is a member of several vintage automobile clubs.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the inside dust jacket of CARS OF HARLEY EARL, there is comment that most fans of General Motors Cars probably don't know who Harley Earl was. After all he retired in 1959. You can extend that to most not knowing his influence. David Temple does a wonderful job of filling that void with a book that is half biography and half the story of GM car design. Harley Earl truly advanced car design with revolutionary looking "dream cars" with their fins and chrome still look advanced some 50+years after their design. CARS OF HARLEY EARL is well written. The book is well appointed with photographs and smaller inset articles about senior GM personalities Harley Earl worked with during his time at GM. This book is an absolute must for fan's of GM vehicles. The quality of the book is exceptional--sharp pictures, colors and printing on glossy paper is well done. I received this book via the LibraryThing early reviewer program.