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The Cars of Harley Earl de David Temple
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The Cars of Harley Earl (edició 2016)

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At 6-foot, 3-inches tall, Harley Earl was an imposing figure, but his true stature lies in his towering talent for automotive design and styling. Over his 50-year career, he created as well as collaborated on the most innovative, bold, technologically advanced cars made by General Motors. As a titan of American auto design, the cars he helped create are still celebrated today. And as an enduring legacy, he inspired a generation of engineers, designers, and stylists. Veteran automotive historian David W. Temple has researched and unearthed the complete story of Harley Earl's cars, his notable design achievements, and many accolades. Working as a coachbuilder at his father's Earl Automotive Works in Hollywood, California, the young Earl learned his trade. After styling the 1927 LaSalle for GM president Alfred P. Sloan, Earl rose to prominence and ran the newly created department of Art and Color. Automobile design stagnated during the Depression and World War II, but the number of his contributions to the automotive world in the 1950s is staggering. When the jet age hit, he fully embraced aviation design and infused it into GM cars. The Buick Y-Job and GM Le Sabre featured many firsts in automotive design and hardware. The Y-Job's fender extensions trailing over the doors, disappearing headlamps, flush door handles, a metal cover over the convertible top were a few innovations. When General Motors needed to show off its cars and technology, Harley Earl-designed cars were the stars of the Motorama show that toured the country from 1949 to 1961. He led the team that created the 1953 Corvette, and this iconic American sports car is still going strong today. He was involved in the creation of the 1955-1957 Chevy Bel Air, otherwise known as the Tri-Five Chevy. Harley Earl's drive toward bold and innovative design spurred American car design during the mid-twentieth century. His distinctive designs defined the 1950s finned cars and set American automotive design on the path it has followed into the modern era. With this in-depth examination, you learn the inside story of these remarkable cars and the man behind them. It's an essential addition to any automotive library.… (més)
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Títol:The Cars of Harley Earl
Autors:David Temple (Autor)
Informació:CarTech (2016), 192 pages
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When I was young and foolish I let myself be seduced by cars and lots of horsepower, part of the of the seduction was a car I saw in Hotrod magazine. The car in question was a beautiful 2 seater that turned out to be a Harley Earl design and built for him by Pontiac. I never saw another mention of it anywhere, or any more pictures, David W. Temple has rectified this and many other oversights in Harley Earl's storied career. My only disappointment was the absence of more information about Mr. Earl himself. Well, the book is titled "The Cars of Harley Earl" and it does a great job of telling their stories. I learned a lot about Mr. Earl, his cars and the people entrusted with creating the them. But Mr. Temple makes Harley Earl sound so interesting I want to know more, so 4 stars is what I give it. ( )
  thosgpetri | Aug 27, 2016 |
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My satisfaction with CarTech books grows with each new volume I read. They are well researched, well written, and are filled with interesting photographs.Temple's history of Harley Earl provides insight to the development of the modern automobile industry. Those of us who live outside Detroit probably never saw the one-off cars that executives drove to test new concepts. Earl could not draw, but he had talent for directing his designers to craft some exciting ideas that lead to the creation of some beautiful automobiles. ( )
  bill | Aug 4, 2016 |
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On the inside dust jacket of CARS OF HARLEY EARL, there is comment that most fans of General Motors Cars probably don't know who Harley Earl was. After all he retired in 1959. You can extend that to most not knowing his influence. David Temple does a wonderful job of filling that void with a book that is half biography and half the story of GM car design. Harley Earl truly advanced car design with revolutionary looking "dream cars" with their fins and chrome still look advanced some 50+years after their design.

CARS OF HARLEY EARL is well written. The book is well appointed with photographs and smaller inset articles about senior GM personalities Harley Earl worked with during his time at GM.

This book is an absolute must for fan's of GM vehicles.

I received this book via the LibraryThing early reviewer program. ( )
  LouisianaReader | Jul 17, 2016 |
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The cars in this book are stunning, and the book itself is beautiful too with oversized, glossy pages, an organized and easy to follow layout, and lots of black/white and color photos. Each page is packed with details specific to certain car models (like convertibles with rain sensors or fuel fillers hidden behind taillights), as well as to Harley Earl’s influence on the direction of General Motors (such as hiring the “Damsels of Design” or showcasing cars and technology in the traveling “Parade of Progress” exhibit). The book is information dense, so more of a slow, savoring read than something to pull an all-nighter for. It was certainly interesting, and I learned a lot.

My only complaint is some parts of the text were dry and dragged—mainly sections that list car models and features in paragraph form. I guess that’s something a book on historical cars can’t totally avoid, but I would have preferred to have more analysis and background about how designs came about and the public’s reaction to them included to break up some of the list sections.

Full disclosure: I’m not a car enthusiast, but I have an interest in anything from the 30’s to 50’s, and always appreciated the look of older cars (if I had the money, I’d buy and restore a 1958 Chevy Impala). Hence I was delighted to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  PencilStubs | Jul 9, 2016 |
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A wonderful and informative treatment of the man, his contemporaries and the greatest automobile producer of the twentieth century. Born to a family of Buick men, my respect for Harley Earl’s talents and influence on automobile design is unbounded. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. The graphics were superb, the paper a joy to hold. A full five stars for this one. ( )
  JohnChic | Jul 8, 2016 |
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At 6-foot, 3-inches tall, Harley Earl was an imposing figure, but his true stature lies in his towering talent for automotive design and styling. Over his 50-year career, he created as well as collaborated on the most innovative, bold, technologically advanced cars made by General Motors. As a titan of American auto design, the cars he helped create are still celebrated today. And as an enduring legacy, he inspired a generation of engineers, designers, and stylists. Veteran automotive historian David W. Temple has researched and unearthed the complete story of Harley Earl's cars, his notable design achievements, and many accolades. Working as a coachbuilder at his father's Earl Automotive Works in Hollywood, California, the young Earl learned his trade. After styling the 1927 LaSalle for GM president Alfred P. Sloan, Earl rose to prominence and ran the newly created department of Art and Color. Automobile design stagnated during the Depression and World War II, but the number of his contributions to the automotive world in the 1950s is staggering. When the jet age hit, he fully embraced aviation design and infused it into GM cars. The Buick Y-Job and GM Le Sabre featured many firsts in automotive design and hardware. The Y-Job's fender extensions trailing over the doors, disappearing headlamps, flush door handles, a metal cover over the convertible top were a few innovations. When General Motors needed to show off its cars and technology, Harley Earl-designed cars were the stars of the Motorama show that toured the country from 1949 to 1961. He led the team that created the 1953 Corvette, and this iconic American sports car is still going strong today. He was involved in the creation of the 1955-1957 Chevy Bel Air, otherwise known as the Tri-Five Chevy. Harley Earl's drive toward bold and innovative design spurred American car design during the mid-twentieth century. His distinctive designs defined the 1950s finned cars and set American automotive design on the path it has followed into the modern era. With this in-depth examination, you learn the inside story of these remarkable cars and the man behind them. It's an essential addition to any automotive library.

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