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On this very day, 18 June…
In the year 1904 (a Saturday): Gordon Buehrig, celebrated automobile designer, was born. Gordon had early design experience with Packard, General Motors and Stutz. In 1929 he was responsible for designing the bodies (built by Weymann) of the Stutz Blackhawk Company (in Indianapolis, Indiana). At age 25 he became chief body designer for Duesenberg (in Indianapolis, Indiana) where he designed the Model J. He joined the Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana in 1934, producing the famous 1935 Model 851 Boattail Speedster. Years later, working at Ford, he designed the 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II. Buehrig was one of 25 candidates for ‘Car Designer of the Century,’ an international award presented in 1999 to honor the most influential automobile designers of the 20th century. Coda: Gordon (Miller) Buehrig. Automobile designer extraordinaire. Born in Mason City, Illinois on 18 June, 1904. Died at age 85 in Detroit, Michigan, on 22 January, 1990. Curt’s personal footnote: In the spring of 1987 Gordon had read some of my articles about his design of these cars; he phoned me to provide some more details that I had been unaware of, and invited us to visit him on our next trip to Detroit. In July of that year (1987) Judy and I took him up on his kind offer. We had the good fortune to meet the very engaging Gordon Buehrig personally at his stately home in Grosse Pointe (Michigan), and had a long and thoroughly entertaining luncheon with him at his yacht club restaurant on a wharf on Lake St. Clair. I urge you to visit The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, which is a Gordon Buehrig memorial of sorts. It’s just off Interstate 69, about 20 miles [32 km] north of Fort Wayne. where you can see and admire his coachwork design on scores of motorcar masterpieces. Wikipedia
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