Inspired by a Bahama’s fishing trip with Bill Mitchell. Bill Schmidt came back with an idea for the Futura; Mitchell with an idea that lead to the XP-755.
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.”
Highlights of the career of Mac Thompson—Ford Designer from 1956–1985.
Gil Spear (designer at Ford and the subject of the last post), while working for Norman Bel Geddes, was commissioned to create a dog house for Herbert Hoover. Here’s the story.
Fascinating images from Ford designer Gil Spear’s idea and innovation sketchbook.
Lincoln Design Heritage: Zephyr to LS (1936-2000) is an exhaustively and throughly researched book that chronologically records the development of the Lincoln mark. Great book review. Many photos.
A photo essay of the Exhibit at the Pontiac Creative Art Center featuring design sketches and renderings from production and advance Pontiac Studios.
Detroit Style—Car Design in The Motor City. Photo assay by Ryan Gertner.
Photos from the League of Retired Designers 2021 show at the Royal Oak Historical Society, Royal Oak, Michigan.
A satirical mid-’50s look at the GM design process by Stan Mott.
Dick Thompson’s commentary on driving the ’59 Stingray and the GS Corvette in competition.
Dick Henderson gives Rich Taylor an unforgettable ride around the Tech Center’s test track in the ‘59 Stingray.
An interesting account from 1977 of Mitchell’s Stingray racing effort with quotes by Mitchell and Kenny Eschenbach.