Harley Earl lived from 1893 to 1969 and has certainly gone down in the history books as one of the most important figures in automotive design. He made a big splash at GM when he joined them in 1927 and designed the 1927 La Salle. Ever the dapper dresser, and an imposing man at 6'5", he is shown here behind the wheel of his creation, with Louis Fisher.
He headed GM's Art and Colour Section for decades and was in charge of styling. He signed off on Frank Hershey's design of the 1948 Cadillac (the tail fins were Hershey's idea). He personally designed the original Corvette in 1953.
There's a good article on Harley Earl on Wikipedia.
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updated May 23rd, 2013 by Jan Chciuk-Celt