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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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February 2004 Issue
 
CONCEPTS & RUMORS
 
GM Probes The Future
By Robert McLellan
 

For the literature collector who specializes in the styling transition period from the mid-1930s to the 1950s these recently discovered renderings are very insightful. GM's designers had several different directions in which to go and incorporated combinations of these themes into their designs. They all seem to agree that the car had to be aerodynamic like an airplane. Grilles, headlights and fender shapes received the most attention. Add sculpture and chrome trim and the stylists were enjoying a freedom to transform the automobile into objects of art. Without the constraints of wood frames, and the creation of modern dies that allowed complex curvatures in press steel panels, their designs were feasible.

Comments and additional information regarding the designs and their creators would be appreciated. Presumably all of these renderings can be credited to General Motors and we express our thanks for their availability.

 
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Also read Concepts from the 1930s
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, February 2004
 
 
 
 
 
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