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    Unicontrol and a Sonic Key

    Firebird III GMs Turbine Powered Wonder—An Experiment for Tomorrow The new C7 Corvette Z06 may be supercharged and have 650 horsepower, but it doesn’t have Unicontrol and a Sonic Key. The Firebird III was an experimental…

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    50 Years of American Automobile Design 1930–1980

    By Dick Nesbitt As an automotive designer, I was contacted by Collectible Automobile magazine to contribute and illustrate design related articles in 1984. In 1985, Publications International in Chicago, Illinois asked me to both author and…

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    The Story Behind Dick Ruzzin’s Chevy-powered Mangusta

    One key design feature that is embodied in the Mangusta is only found after you finally get past it’s emotional aesthetic beauty, that is the subtle evidence everywhere that it was built by real people, actually…

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    Steve Small

    By George Prentice “They say” that Steve Small was very eccentric at Art Center and that he slept on a bed of straw. “They say” he had a summer internship at FoMoCo; and rather than find…

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    The 1979 Opel Bitter Story

    Design of the Opel Bitter CD at Opel Design in Russelsheim, Germany By Dick Ruzzin Opel Design in November of 1971. To understand the importance of Opel Design in the early seventies, it should be known…

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    Motor Trend Classic Chuck Jordan Interview

    Interview with Chuck Jordan, GM’s Chief Designer The General’s Tailor: Chuck Jordan, who in 1986 became only the fourth chief designer in GM’s history, offers his candid views on what makes a great auto design. From…

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    George Krispinsky—Ford, AMC, and Chrysler Designer

    Automotive Design Oral History Project Interview and Reminiscences of George Krispinsky (GK) including a few samples of his studio artwork, and a short video (about the origins of Ford’s retractible hardtop) taken during the interview. This interview is…

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    Building the Corvette SS; Stingray Racer at Elkhart; Building the ’53 Corvette; Design Center Tour

    Vintage GM video of Building the Experimental Corvette SS. An inside look at the construction of the car; many shots of Duntov. About the Corvette SS Led by the gifted Zora Arkus-Duntov, a team of engineers…

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    Corvette Sting Ray: Genesis of an American Icon

    A New Book by Peter Brock This post features the Press Release from BRE about Peter Brock’s new book, a summary of the book, and a gallery of several pages. Ordering information is at the end…

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    Ed Welburn Interviews

    Amelia Island Interview (Sorry about the ads) Ed drops by Jay’s Garage with an assortment of Corvettes

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    A Bill Mitchell Anecdote

    By Sheldon Payne During the years 1969 and 1975, I worked for GM’s Body Development Studio at Design Staff and used to build motorcycle models at home in the winter to satisfy my desire for the…

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    1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Development

    Dick Ruzzin’s Personal account of the development of the ’66 Tornado I was new and experiencing my first design program of note. It was all like magic, as sketches, words and imagination all converged on the…

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    GM Designer Bill Michalak

    By Bill Michalak My desire to design cars for General Motors started at the age of eight. Like many other kids with the same goal, I was fortunate to actually see my dream come true. Employment…

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    Monza SS Tribute

    By Mel Francis This 2011 prototype is a design projection of how Chevrolet’s original 1963 Monza SS concept might have turned out, had it gone into actual production. It’s a tribute to Larry Shinoda, who designed…

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    Geza Loczi

    I had the privilege of working with Geza in my first studio when I  first started at General Motors, He was the assistant chief designer of Advanced Chevrolet. Ron Hill was the studio chief. Last month…

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    Geza Loczi’s Seven Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild Models

    Don’t miss the Fisher Body Model Car Show at the Arizona Biltmore, Jan 18-19, 2013. “Stick-to-itiveness.” Geza Loczi graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1965. Then on to General Motors Design Staff where…

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    An Interview with Roy Lonberger, Part 2

    The Golden Years of GM Styling: A personal recollection of William Mitchell, Vice President of General Motors Styling by Roy Lonberger Heritage Center Interview, Part 2 In April 2011 Roy Lonberger was invited by John Manoogian…

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    An interview with Roy Lonberger, Part 1

    The Golden Years of GM Styling: A personal recollection of William Mitchell, Vice President of General Motors Styling by Roy Lonberger Heritage Center Interview In April 2011 Roy Lonberger was invited by John Manoogian (former Head…

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    Interview with Bill Porter; Pontiac Design in the ’60s

    This article was featured in the June, 2000 issue of High Performance Pontiac. Written by Eric Peters. Photos by the author and the William Porter archives. High Performance Pontiac caught up with former Pontiac Chief Designer…

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    Exclusive 2006 Interview with Charles M. (Chuck) Jordan

    Interviewed in 2006 by Ron VanGelderen, past President of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club. Published by permission. Copyright 2006 Ron VanGelderen. There are three other posts about Chuck Jordan on Dean’s Garage with many images. Introduction Charles M….

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Remarkable 1956 Nassau Video

Don’t miss this remarkable home movie from 1956 Nassau Race in the Bahamas. The quality is quite good, but no sound; make race car noises while you watch. There are shots unloading the cars from the…

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Unicontrol and a Sonic Key

Firebird III GMs Turbine Powered Wonder—An Experiment for Tomorrow The new C7 Corvette Z06 may be supercharged and have 650 horsepower, but it doesn’t have Unicontrol and a Sonic Key. The Firebird III was an experimental…

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The Howmet Batmobile

The Howmet TX Turbine Car. It looks like an endurance Racer. Sounds like the Batmobile. When I watched the video, I smiled for 5 minutes. The sound! Text from the Ascott Collection. An emblematic car The…

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Corvette—America’s Star-Spangled Sports Car, The Complete History

Book Review by Gary Smith Man from UNCLE was a hit SCI-FI TV series that premiered on September 22, 1964. The TV show was a sensation. I was in 10th grade, first year of High School….

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Henry Ford Museum Photo Archives

There are 52,188 photos in this Henry Ford Museum Photostream on Flickr including many historically significant racing photos and shoots from various events from 1958 through 1971. Albums include Indianapolis 500, Riverside, LeMans, Mexican Grand Prix,…

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History of the Trans-Am Series 1966–1995 Video

This documentary about the first 30 years of the SCCA Trans-Am Championship features interviews with Roger Penske, Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, Bob Tullius, and Parnelli Jones. There is a brief scene showing Pete Klain’s Group I…