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Motorama: GM Showstoppers before the North American Auto Shows

Motorama: GM Showstoppers before the North American Auto Shows

1962 Chevy BiscayneBefore the prestigious Detroit Auto Shows took over the Cobo Hall in 1965, General Motors took their favorite cars and prototypes on the road with the Motorama tour. The car show debuted in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, but as years passed, the cars headed from New York to faraway places like Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The idea behind the Motorama was to show off the best and shiniest choices coming out of Detroit.

Get Your Hands on a Piece of Design Mastery: The Pontiac Torpedo

Get Your Hands on a Piece of Design Mastery: The Pontiac Torpedo

41 Pontiac TorpedoIn the early days of automobiles, General Motors was the king of the road. The company reigned supreme because of the high quality manufacturing procedures and the unique personalities that designers gave to each brand division and name plate. The reign during the early decades between the 1930s and 1960s rested on the shoulders of one man, and one man only: Harley Earl.

Earl and The Midas Touch

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.