Blend Harley Earl's California years with Cadillac's greatly enlarged manufacturing program, together with General Motors unequalled resources...then you make possible the new LaSalle Eight! That's the engine being tested in the photo below. 

Telling caption in Los Angeles newspaper story below defines this man, showing his everlasting interest in high performance sports cars...from the very beginning!

"There is a touch of Oldfield and De Palma in most Americans, and frankly I wonder sometimes if there isn't a trace of the old Santa Monica race track in ever car I've ever designed," said H.J. Earl in 1954.