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 illustrate a soft-bound Collectible Automobile Special Edition and a hard-bound book store version of 50 Years of American Automobile Design 1930–1980. It was a massive undertaking, but I very much wanted to do it. I wanted to select and illustrate each in a technique that would represent and capture the essence and focus of specific and significant design innovations and intent. I was very difficult editing the many and varied design explorations of this era. The selection and description was up to me, and the process of decision was very difficult as well, but it has been very gratifying to know of the interest, passion and enthusiasm so many have for automotive design all over the world for so many years.