Ford Designers Al Mueller and John Orfe
By Jim and Cheryl Farrell
In the gallery there are six photos from John Orfe. One is of the Mark II but with quad headlights. I have always understood the quad headlight Mark II proposal was designed by Howard Payne, but H.Payne and Orfe did the Marlin together at about the same time. I can’t say Orfe wasn’t involved with the Quad headlight Mark II, but who knows.
The rest of the photos are from Al Mueller. I doubt that he did any of the clay models but he could have. Mueller was manager at the time. The clays were done at McNamara’s request to “test” interchangeability of panels between Ford’s cars. The photo of the charts is also from the interchangeability studies. The rest of the sketches of cars are from the Stylerama program. Muelller was in charge of putting together sketches of the proposed cars that were going to be in the program. Some of the sketches he probably did, but most of the designs themselves were done by others as described in the Ford book.
Photos: Ford Design
Books by Jim and Cheryl Farrell
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