I’m not sure of the source, the timeframe, or who is interviewing Harley Earl. But presented here is Harley’s recollection of his career at General Motors in his own voice. Patience: No audio for the first 10 seconds.
GM Damsels of Design Video
“The Museum of the City of New York, in conjunction with GM, hosted a tribute to the women of automotive design on Monday night. The event featured lots of documentary-style interview clips, politically incorrect GM promotional videos from the day and, the best part, live digital sketches done on the big screen by Cadillac’s Christine Park (see design progression after the jump). You might be familiar with Christine’s exploits on Cadillac XTS, the dashing concept that precedes the brand’s next generation flagship. Pictured here, GM’s famous “Damsels of Design” posed with none other than Harley Earl, GM’s first VP of Design. Earl created the need for an Art and Color Division at GM and brought us the industry’s first concept car, the Buick Y-Job. Wise beyond his years, Earl not only ushered in a sense of style and personalization to mass produced cars but hand picked a team of female designers to impress the papers and present a unique perspective to the design process.”