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The Corvette Story — Styling by Earl, McLean and Renner

Chapter 1

The 1953 Corvette
The 1953 Corvette looked unlike any other sports car—or any other car for that matter—and it looked great. We learn how this was achieved.

It took Harley Earl to envision the idea of a GM-built sports car, Bob McLean to create a European-style package for it and Carl Renner to fashion the sleek and appealing lines that created the Corvette’s unique character.

He was a big man, six-feet-four and slope-shouldered, slow, deliberate and imprecise in elocution but lightning-fast in intuition. Rough-voiced and prone to malapropisms—“cloisterphobia” was a typical Earlism—Harley Earl took no prisoners.

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