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History Factory style concept drawing from 1957...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by t-town-track-t, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. t-town-track-t
    Joined: Jan 11, 2006
    Posts: 884

    from Tulsa

    This is a gift I received some years back when I was younger from my grandparents. The Story I was told about it is that it was drawn at some type of auto showcase, or new car show type event. I guess they had a car designer that was there who was drawing concept drawings. I have it hanging on the wall in my office, and thought I would share it with the rest of you. Perhaps someone will recognize the signature on it, maybe shed some light as to who drew it. I think it is obvious that it has quite a bit of ford/lincoln influence to it.

    It is charcoal on what appears to be a large construction paper. Its over all size is 24" x 36" so its a descent sized drawing.

    Any of you out there have any cool concept art from back in the day to share?


  2. Kustom7777
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,180

    from Austin, TX

    very love to have something like that!
  3. zombie
    Joined: Jun 19, 2001
    Posts: 681


    that is sweet. i love the old design studio style.
  4. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,208


    really cool-hope someone can give you some info on it..

  5. themodernartist
    Joined: Feb 16, 2006
    Posts: 155


    How about this one from 1955?
    Somebody needs to build this!

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  6. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    That is one wild looking car and I LOVE IT !!!!! Wish a car company would have followed through with it . As for the name , can't help you on that one .
  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,482


    From the look of the signature, it would appear that God drew that in '57. Apparently God has pretty good taste too.
  8. oldchevyseller
    Joined: May 30, 2004
    Posts: 1,851

    from mankato mn

  9. GaryC.
    Joined: Mar 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,538


    I love this stuff.

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  10. unclechop
    Joined: Apr 24, 2007
    Posts: 275


    Does that look like harley earl's signature?
    If so that drawing could be quite significant!
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  12. t-town-track-t
    Joined: Jan 11, 2006
    Posts: 884

    from Tulsa

    it does not look like Harley Earl's, at least I don't think it does. Maybe I should go find his. Funny thing, is I thought it looked like it said "god" also.
  13. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,157

    from MN

    Here's a few from my screen-saver folder

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  14. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,854

    from DFW USA



    Judging by that picture, I'd say God was doing work for Lincoln/Mercury in '57.

    I have a book called "Designing America's Cars: The 1950s" that has many similar sketches. Sometimes the artist is listed as well. I'll see if there is anything similar that may lend a clue.
  15. Plowboy
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 4,254


    The rood looks a lot like what ended up on the dream rod.
  16. unclechop
    Joined: Apr 24, 2007
    Posts: 275


    Doesnt look like hj earls signature

  17. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,939

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    Harley Earl wasn't an artist, and unlike Exner, Mitchell & Engle who could draw, and draw well, Earl usually just pointed, gestured and screamed at his designers/artists work. By 1957, the year of the drawing, Earl was two years from retirement from GM.

    The drawing does look Lincoln Mercurylike, however some designers did move from company to company taking their design ideas with them. Just look at the line of Elwood Engle's '61 Lincoln Contential while he was at Ford Motor Company. Now look at the design work he did in '62-'70, while head of design at Chrysler Corp.....same basic design/look.

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    "Meanwhile, back aboard The Tainted Pork"
  18. ka-zoo
    Joined: Oct 20, 2004
    Posts: 509


    I have that book too, if anyone is onto concept cars, this book is a MUST HAVE, i think i picked mine up at barnes and noble for under $10...

    Also, Automotive illustrator Ross Cousins is a local to me, one of the local print shops made a calendar using some of his sweet illustrations from the 50's and 60's a few years back. Heres a link to that-

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