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Harley Earl: From Coaches To Corvettes

When you take a look at the story behind many successful people, it is rather remarkable to see the twists of fate that helped to propel them to the realization of their true potential. There may or may not be such a thing as “destiny,” but there is certainly sufficient evidence out there to make its existence a distinct possibility.

The path that Harley Earl took toward becoming perhaps the most influential automotive designer of all time is a case in point. Earl’s father was a coach builder in Hollywood, California when Harley was born in 1893, and shifted his focus to building automotive bodies and providing attenuate equipment in 1908. As a young man Harley Earl went to Stanford for a while but left before graduation to join his father at Earl Automotive Works.