Born on this day, Harley J


Wednesday 22nd November 1893

Born on this day, Harley J. Earl, an automotive stylist and engineer and industrial designer. He introduced the “concept car” as both a tool for the design process and a clever marketing device. Earl’s Buick Y-Job was the first concept car. He started “Project Opel”, which eventually became the Chevrolet Corvette, and he authorized the introduction of the tailfin to automotive styling. During World War II, he was an active contributor to the Allies’ research and development program in advancing the effectiveness of camouflage.


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