Harley Earl, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Harley Earl

American designer

Date of Birth: 22-Nov-1893

Place of Birth: Hollywood, California, United States

Date of Death: 10-Apr-1969

Profession: designer, car designer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Harley Earl

  • Harley J.
  • Earl (November 22, 1893 – April 10, 1969) was an American automotive designer and business executive.
  • He was the initial designated head of design at General Motors, later becoming vice president, the first top executive ever appointed in design of a major corporation in American history.
  • He was an industrial designer and a pioneer of modern transportation design.
  • A coachbuilder by trade, Earl pioneered the use of freeform sketching and hand sculpted clay models as automotive design techniques.
  • He subsequently introduced the "concept car" as both a tool for the design process and a clever marketing device. Earl's Buick Y-Job was the first concept car.
  • He started "Project Opel", which eventually became the Chevrolet Corvette, and he authorized the introduction of the tailfin to automotive styling.
  • During World War II, he was an active contributor to the Allies' research and development program in advancing the effectiveness of camouflage.

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