My Car Quest

November 29, 2022

Editorial: Planned Obsolescence – Trying to Break Free

by Wallace Wyss - Maybe it was because I was born in the '40s and first became aware of cars in the '60s. This was the Glory Days of GM when they had over 50% of the US auto market and Japanese cars weren't here yet. I yearned to go to … [Read more...]

Another Long Lost GM Show Car: The Buick Wildcat III

by Wallace Wyss - When Harley Earl was GM VP in charge of Styling (later a word replaced by "Design" as "styling" sounded too frivolous) in the Fifties, it seems he had an obsession for testing the limits of how each brand was regarded by the … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Cars of Harley Earl

Review by Wallace Wyss - Title: The Cars of Harley Earl Author: David W. Temple Publisher: Car Tech Format: Hardbound, 192 pages Price: $42.95 Available at Amazon Here - this is an affiliate link. It is almost incomprehensible to … [Read more...]

Pinin Farina’s Missing Cadillacs

General Motors was having a love affair with Italy in the '50s. These are the love childs...but some were lost in the wilderness... by Wallace Wyss - On occasion you find a one-off special named after the person who is buying it, or maybe … [Read more...]

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...]