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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