Like Ford, Earl revolutionized the auto world and scored a huge modern winner for America

Henry Ford (the old master) and Harley Earl (the modern master).

Henry Ford (the old master) and Harley Earl (the modern master).

For every movement, there has to be a ground zero

A well-worded testimonial from the autoextremist.com website: Earl’s entry into the auto industry doomed rival Henry Ford’s “the customer can have it any color he wants as long as it is black” motto. Among Earl’s numerous accomplishments are the development of concept cars, the yearly model changeover, the vehicle tail fins of the 1950s, the traveling Motorama auto shows and the development of the iconic Corvette. Earl also is credited with hiring the industry’s first female automotive designers. Earl also was responsible for identifying architect Eero Saarinen to design the GM Technical Center campus, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized around the world for its mid-century architecture.

 

Tour de Force

Tour de Force

LIFE Magazine proclaimed the GM Technical Center, "The Versailles of Industry"

America’s car design legacy begins with Harley Earl.