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Monthly newsletter published by McLellan's Automotive History. Dedicated to literature collectors, restorers, museums, publishers, manufacturers and investors who collect and preserve automotive literature
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August 2005 Issue
 
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The Future: 70 years ago
By Robert McLellan
 

You will not find these cars in old sales brochures, but they do hold clues as to what future production cars would look like. The 1930s were the years of radical styling changes and, in 2003 and again in 2004, I introduced you to similar renderings that I had discovered from an unknown source. Probably all, or most, were done in the GM styling studios in the mid- to late-1930s as proposals for late 1930s or early 1940s automobiles. Some are clearly dated with proposed model years and have the designers name included. Twice I have contacted GM, with no response as to their origin. One "Automotive Chronicles" reader believes that GM gave the originals to the Ford Museum.

Enjoy these drawings and, if you have any information about them, I would enjoy hearing from you. Our thanks to GM for their presumed release.

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To view additional photographs from this series go to:
- Concepts from the 1930s
- GM Probes the Future
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, August 2005
 
 
 
 
 
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