My Car Quest

July 13, 2020

Concept Cars That Didn’t’ Make It: The 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer

by Wallace Wyss - Harley Earl was GM's first director of design (then called Styling). It was he who pioneered making clay models (inspired by his fashioning cars of clay in California as a kid). It was he who created the concept of the dream … [Read more...]

Now You See It, Now You Don’t – The 1960 Corvette XP700

Is it really gone? by Wallace Wyss - Back in the ’60s, I used to know a guy in Detroit who was a top-drawer exec for GM—head of styling, in fact. And when he replaced the founder of GM Styling, Mr. Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell had to fill some … [Read more...]

Make Life Size Model Cars of Clay and Get Paid For It

by Wallace Wyss - When Harley Earl, the first designer hired by General Motors, was a little boy in Pasadena, CA he played in the (almost) dry clay riverbed, whipping up car designs. When he and his father made a name for themselves restyling … [Read more...]

Buick Y-Job Concept: A Re-Creation By Gary Wales At Benedict Castle Concours

Text by Wallace Wyss - Photographs by Richard Bartholomew - Nobody in the old car collecting field is as irrepressible as Gary Wales of Woodland Hills, California. Formerly known first as a Ferrari collector when still in … [Read more...]

LOST DREAM CAR FILE : The Lost 1959 Oldsmobile F88 Mk. III

by Wallace Wyss - Harley Earl was a big man. Well over 6’. He was a towering figure in American automobile design. He was the one who basically thought up the idea of making clay models, because as a boy he made model cars with the clay of … [Read more...]

Buick Wildcat II – Harley’s Good Idea That Came to Naught…

by Wallace Wyss - Harley Earl the 6’ 6” dynamo from Hollywood who was GM’s first director of styling (he called it the Art and Colour section) had a grand plan around 1952. That was to make not only the two seater Corvette but hell, go all the … [Read more...]