Joe Oros, Ford Designer

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles. Larry Wood of Mattel sent me a treasure trove of slides from the late ’40s in an ancient brown metal box with a built-in slide viewer. The slides were for the most part…



A Study in Steel—The Building of a Locomotive

This is way off topic but too cool not to share. From 1935. Check out the guys doing drop forging. Their goofy hats keep the sweat out of their eyes. Wait. What about gloves? Eye protection?…



Ford Total Performance Book Review

by Gary Smith Ford Total Performance: Ford’s Legendary High-Performance Street and Race Cars by Martyn L. Schorr; foreword by Lee Holman; Motorbooks. Available at Amazon. ISBN: 978-0-7603-4858-1 For a Chevy enthusiast that came of age in the…



Allan Flowers, NDI Designer

Allan Flowers is one of the most creative designers I have ever met. A sampling of his work while at Nissan Design and after he retired is represented here. For an explanation of this work, including videos,…



David McIntosh, GM Designer

David McIntosh’s career at General Motors Design spanned nearly forty years, from 1964 to 2003. Many important transitions took place during that time frame that would forever alter the way cars are designed, and David saw them…



Clark Lincoln, GM Designer

Clark Lincoln’s jaw-dropping illustrations were an inspiration to me in terms of technique, composition, and design. I spent many years in Buick Exterior I studio, and it was there that I believe we worked together for…



Remembering Chuck Jordan

By Dick Ruzzin What kind of a designer was he? This has to be the first question for me. You could give Chuck no greater compliment than to say that he was a car designer. He…


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1963 Corvette Pilot Build Photos

118 photos show how the 1963 Corvette was assembled on the pilot line at the St. Louis plant. Very interesting, at least to me, who is putting together a 1965 Corvette.



Maestro: Bill Mitchell and the Iconic Cars of GM Styling

The untold story behind GM’s most iconic cars Book Release Update 12/12/2015. The Designer Limited Edition Book and the Portfolio are now ready for purchase in time for Christmas delivery. Reserve your copy at the website and Roy will…



Allan Flowers, GM Designer

  “Design is a long, messy process involving many people, most of whom are never ever given the least bit of publicity. The guy at the top and in charge, rightfully or not, usually gets the credit…



2015 League of Retired Designers Project

The 2015 project by the League of Retired Automotive Designers was to create new Cord, Dusenberg, and Auburn designs. Several designers have featured artwork posts on Dean’s Garage. Some of the biographies are incomplete. My apologies….


Nice Pass!

Corvette C7R at Le Mans, 2015 I don’t know how many times I witnessed Cobras eat Corvettes for lunch in the ’60s at the Riverside International Raceway. So it was sure cool to watch the success…



The Boston Model

Reproduction of Milton J. Antonick’s 1955 First National Senior Scholarship, $4,000 Award Winning Guild Model by Milton J. Antonick, Detroit, Michigan Since Fisher Body no longer exists and GM apparently destroyed all contest models, I elected…



2014 League of Retired Designers Project

The 2014 project by the League of Retired Automotive Designers was to create designs for Ford models no longer made; ’37 Ford, Lincoln Continental, Thunderbird, ‘49 Mercury, Turnpike Cruiser. The designs were shown at the Eyes on Design…



Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild Reunion, 2015

These Models Aren’t Missing. By John Jacobus At the Guild Reunion in Salt Lake City, 18 Guildsmen exhibited 30 historic 1/12 scale models from GM’s Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild (1930 to 1968). These models represented the competition years 1953 to 1967 and…



1968 Dow

Yet Another Missing Model. by Terry Boyce, Society of Automotive Historians Member Automotive author Terry Boyce is trying to help 81-year-old retired clay modeler Gene Watch find “his” 1968 Dow 1/4-scale concept car—or, at least, determine…