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Old 05-24-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default GM's Styling - The Look of Things 1955



I was cleaning up my office the other day and forgot that I have this complete, spiral bound copy of the mid 50s General Motors Styling Staff handbook "Styling- The Look of Things". I scanned a few pages for you to enjoy, including a comparison that ...

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Old 05-24-2011, 10:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: GM's Styling - The Look of Things 1955

Pretty cool stuff, nice to see what the stylists were thinking.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:19 AM   #3
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Default Re: GM's Styling - The Look of Things 1955

Great info. Thanx. Here's some more.

http://www.55classicchevy.com/
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: GM's Styling - The Look of Things 1955

This is super neat. I love the even the aesthetics of the pages describing the aesthetics.

Is this something for the design department, or something a dealer would receive?
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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Default Re: GM's Styling - The Look of Things 1955

Obviously I'm partial, but 55 was such a great year for the auto industry as a whole.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:50 AM   #6
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Thanks for posting this, GM would do well to reread this book to create a decent new car design.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:55 AM   #7
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I keep hoping that they will find the movie put out by the GM styling studio that our industrial arts teacher showed us about that time. It might have been 58 59.

I have an issue of Hotrod from Aug 1951 that has an ink stamp on the cover that says property of the General Motors styling studio. They were paying attention to us back then.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:57 AM   #8
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i've got a funny tast in my mouth (i think it is my foot) i sense someone coming FAST behind me! why does a 56chevy and a 56ford share the same profile ? HEY,i gotta go----------------
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:38 AM   #9
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I do believe that 55 was a pivotal styling year for GM and Ford.56 years later,they still turn heads.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:09 PM   #10
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Makes me wonder what ever happened to people's sense of style. Now we mostly have jelly bean cars. No wonder the cars of the 50's are such head turners these days.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:14 PM   #11
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:26 PM   #12
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When I showed my chopped 57 Buick at the EyesOn Design show
(at the Edsel Ford House,Grosse Pointe Michigan)
They gave me this poster.The photo was taken on 5-19-1955.
Two years before the 57 was built.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:38 PM   #13
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That's great! Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:04 PM   #14
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Great stuff. I will always love the fifties.
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:39 PM   #15
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Super cool!
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:52 PM   #16
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That. Was. Awesome. !!

Very cool to see some of the thought process.
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:00 PM   #17
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Thanks for posting, I like the quiz part. My new favorite term: informal symmetry.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:37 PM   #18
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Cool to see the "why" of things as mouldings and what were designers thinking. Obviously something to consider when customizing and being period correct. Never thought this existed, thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:48 PM   #19
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Neato!
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:25 PM   #20
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Jay, I really dig this post, what a cool book! I'm at work now and only had a quick look, but will take time at home to read it properly.
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