If Henry Ford said, You can have it any color as long as it is black, the rejoinder came from Harley Earl. He was the man who gave the American car of the 1950's its distinctive flash and swagger, all tailfins, twotone color and chrome.
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Heroes of the Design Century
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20th century Alfred Sloan American car American industry annual model appearance Art and Colour automotive became become began Bel Air Buick Roadmaster called car design car styling career carpet-sweeper chassis Chevrolet Bel Air Chevrolet Corvair Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet Impala Chevrolet Nomad chrome clay coachwork Colour Section concept consumer consumer's Convertible cookie corporation Corvette created Design Heroes Detroit Dick Teague dollars Don Lee dream car Earl Automobile Earl's Eliot Noyes engine European executives fifties Firebird Fisher gave Harley Earl Henry Ford Hollywood ideas imagery innovation invention later lengthening and lowering LeSabre longer and lower look managed manufacturing mass class market mass production meant million motifs motor industry Motorama never Nomad station wagon novelty plane planned obsolescence product line Raymond Loewy realize rear running boards Salle shape STEPHEN BAYLEY stylists symbol tail fin taste vehicle visual wraparound windshield