Thursday, February 21, 2013

Past Concept Cars of the Future! Firebird III

Stephen Bayley Harley Earl and the Dream Machine; Alfred A. Knopf Inc 1983
Harley Earl, head of design at GM from 1927 to 1958, third from the left with the Firebird III of 1958. A bit heavy handed in the styling department with slightly embarrassing imagery but after all; in the last 10 years airplanes had changed from piston engines to jet power, the sound barrier had been broken, we were exploring space! And cars were basically still restyled prewar boxes on wheels...

Popular Science Oct 1958
Space Mockup

C. Edson Armi, The Art of American Car Design; Pennsylvania State University 1988

 On display at the Toronto Auto Show 2018

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