McNamara had clay models created to test parts interchangeability between car models (like GM).
“On seeing the ‘59 Chevrolet clay model, Ford designers soon convinced themselves that GM had somehow caught on to what Ford was doing and was purposely trying to mislead them.”
Some 900 new 1936 Lincoln-Zephyrs also went overseas—shipped in crates.
The Ford Mach 2 and the short careers of Knudsen and Shinoda at Ford.
Highlights of the career of Mac Thompson—Ford Designer from 1956–1985.
Fascinating images from Ford designer Gil Spear’s idea and innovation sketchbook.
Anybody know George Theophelis, Barry, or Lampe, Ford Designers?
Ideas, styling experiments, accessories, and blunders that never made it to market (and some that did!).
Camilo Pardo and His Ford GT Go Full Circle.
Ford Design in 1973 as they grapple with government mandated safety guidelines. Homer LaGassey is featured in two scenes
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.
Nice rendering style.
All kinds of stuff.
The Quicksilver became the radical, all-new 1960 full-size Ford, designed as a response to the really far-out 1959 Chevrolet.
Dick Nesbitt has a great style.
The personal-luxury category had it’s initial roots in this context based on Ford’s original Thunderbird from 1955.
Making dreams come true.
Lots of very interesting photos.
Recapturing the Magic—Visions of the Future American Automotive Design.
He had quite a career.
“I was lucky to get into car designing; I was at the right time and place.”
Looking back, I think what a great place to start an automotive career, and how sad to think of what FOMOCO was then, and what it is now.
A wonderful sketching style.
Of the many and varied professional opportunities available in the automotive industry, the role of the designer (or stylist) has probably captured the imagination of more young men and auto enthusiasts around the world than any other.