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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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    An Interview in 2000 with Bill Porter about 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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    Alex Tremulis at Art Center School, Class of 1955/56

    Steve Tremulis sent me these hoping that DG readers can help in identifying the people in these fantastic photos. Click on the photos for a larger view. A post on Steve’s site is entitled “A 1955…

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    GM Designer Paul Deesen, the Pontiac Strato Star, and Sebring 1957

    Paul was interested in cars for as long as he can remember. One day the shop manager at a local Pontiac dealership let him drive his beautiful MG TC home to show his mother in hopes…

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    GM Designer Elia Russinoff, Part 2

    Contributed on behalf of Elia Russinoff by John Mellberg. Captions by John Mellberg. Russ had a stellar career with 40 years as a designer with General Motors Design from 1955-1995. He graduated from Pratt Institute in…

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    Ron Will’s Turbo Phantom

    by Ron Will I think in the back of every car designer’s mind there is this desire to build a car entirely of their own design with no constraints from a studio chief, engineering package, or…

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    GM Designer Elia Russinoff

    By John Mellberg Our designer friend and colleague, Elia ‘Russ’ Russinoff, has provided a portfolio of his work to feature on Dean’s Garage, shown on behalf of the Automotive Designers Guild and The League of Retired…

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    1970-71 F-body Concept—Advanced Pontiac Studio

    By John Mellberg I’ve had these photos filed in a brown envelope since leaving GM Styling in 1972. The car in the photos was a Firebird that was underway when I was assigned to the Advanced…

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Harley Earl’s Scrapbooks

Special Interest Autos, May-June 1976 Article by Michael Lamm An occasional touch of humor to break the tension. This very intriguing and well written article concerns three binders of illustrations, with three interesting theories of how…

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’73 GTO/Grand AM Development

Renderings by Geza Loczi and Charley Gatewood Grand AM Development from How Stuff Works The 1973 Pontiac Grand Am started out in the development stages as a GTO. But the muscle era was drawing to a…

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More Saved Studio Sketches

Chalk and marker rendering by Tom Semple The day Tom Semple and I nearly did each other in. I became interested in motocross motorcycles in the ’70s, and rode in the woods with several GM designers…

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Studio Cartoons

To have worked in an environment with so many creative designers was an extraordinary experience. For one reason or another sometimes that creativity needed to vent in the form of cartoons. There were several designers that…

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Designing an Icon: Creativity and the American Automobile

The Designing and Icon Exhibition is being held at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, Entrance 18, 4200 Elgin Street, Houston, Texas. This exhibition highlights the creativity of the American automobile designers of…

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1965 Pontiac Banshee: The Story of the XP-833

Wail in the Night: The Poor Man’s Corvette? by Steve Magnante. Photos by David Freers. Source: Motor Trend, January 2013 Imagine yourself as the general manager of Chevrolet in 1966. You’re at the wheel of the…

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The Martini Mustang

“Everything else is just traffic.” Thanks, Tom.

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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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Testing a Small Chevrolet

by Stan Mott “Robert (Cumberford) and I produced it for Road & Track in 1958. But John Bond wouldn’t buy because he thought we were making fun of his Road Test scratch board illustrations. (He was…

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Studio Art Collector Federic Sharf

Published in January 2012 issue of Automobile Magazine by Phil Patton Bonus: Two galleries of vintage studio artwork Fantastically long and low, with sheer fins and swooping bodies, they are dream cars on paper. But many…

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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…