The magical legacy of Harley Earl’s visual encyclopedia of art and engineering innovations is mesmerizing to say the least. Practically all of HJE’s dramatic design work was symbolic and the depth of just how many loyal Americans were WOWED daily by this man’s artistic genius is just now starting to be unlocked. From the timeless businesslike beauty of his incomparable Cadillac Aerodynamic Coupe that dazzled viewers of the 1934 World's Fair, to the distinction of being the first Detroit engineer to integrate an onboard computer into a car back in the 1950s, this unusual car architect's work continues speaking to Americans even in the twenty first century.

Designer-Earl branded his colorful round inscription on some of his greatest accomplishments; both Firebird dream cars have it, below.

Designer-Earl left his irreplaceable mark all over the modern General Motors

This custom car, Oldsmobile F-88 III, was hand-built inside the GM Styling Section for Mr. E

When HJE died in April, 1969 this one-of-a-kind museum quality show car, the F-88 shown above, was in the driveway of his home. For all the wrong reasons, a couple of oblivious GM administrators went after getting their hands on this rare and highly significant dream car back in the mid-1970s, and then afterwards, simply had it crushed. This is another reason why Harley Earl's story needs to be told. 

After all, GM's infamous CEO, Roger Smith, went to great length to destroy the renowned Le Sabre show car (this is perhaps Motordom's greatest masterpiece of all-time) during a period that has become know as some of GM's darkest days in history - the entire 1980s - when this company began a long down trend of hemorrhaging market share. 

Over the last three decades, General Motors kept a tight lid on all Harley Earl's artistic work, engineering innovations and other giant milestones. It is anybody's guess whether or not another treasury office administrator, like Smith, might someday land back in the top spot of GM. If so, he'd be the one to decide which prior motoramic art work, this company has in it's drive-in vaults, needs to be destroyed...based strictly on budgetary concerns. 

Bottom line, GM has a corporate responsibility to uphold and save its important archives along with historically innovative works of art of the Twentieth Century.  Click below to find out more on Mr. E's valued designs (at Harley Earl Inc.) outside of GM.