Harley Earl

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Birthday
22, 1893
Birthplace
Los Angeles, CA
Death Date
Apr 10, 1969 (75)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1893
Birthplace
Los Angeles, CA
Death Date
Apr 10, 1969 (75)

About

Head of design at General Motors. He introduced tailfins as an automotive style and gave the world the Chevy Corvette.

Before Fame

He introduced the LaSalle during his very first year with GM, a smaller version of the Cadillac meant to attract the moneyed crowd that was then driving Hispano-Suiza cars.

Trivia

His work on Corvette took place under the code name Project Opel. He separated it from the rest of the company, using dedicated engineers to design and build his prototype.

Family Life

He was born in Hollywood, California.

Associated With

He and fellow GM exec Alfred P. Sloan came up with the idea of planned obsolescence: that cars should go out of style after several years.