Harley J. Earl’s Stunning Corvette Auctioned Next Month [Photo Gallery]
The custom-built Stingray, only one of the four Corvettes fitted with a bespoke side exhaust system, was presented as a gift to Earl, who joined General Motors in 1928 and became head of the company’s design team, retiring 30 years later.
Earl enjoyed the Corvette as his personal driver and even used it as the parade car at the Daytona 500 in 1965 when he served as Grand Marshall. The Metallic Blue-painted car, which features custom gauge and dash treatment has been restored to its original specifications and will be auctioned off in Chicago and is expected to fetch a hefty six-figure sum.
Harley J. Earl, who passed away in 1969 aged 75, is regarded as one of the most significant innovators in the history of the American auto industry. His best known creations include the 1927 LaSalle, the Buick Y-Job concept and the GM Motorama dream cars, with their big fins of, wrap-around windshields, pillarless hardtops and two tone paint.
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