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Raymond Loewy Studabaker Avanti Concept Drawings :: March 1961

By May 30, 2012Art + Design, Cars

Update: November 5, 2013. Raymond Loewy was born on this date 120 years ago. Google celebrated his birthday by putting one of his train designs on its front page. (And who says Google doesn’t respect designers).
From Bonhams. Concept drawing from legendary designer Raymond Loewy. If you look closely you can see the words “Coca Cola” noted on both sketches. Loewy redesigned the silhouette of the original Coca-Cola bottle in the ’50s, and designed the first Coke steel can.



Raymond Loewy Studabaker Avanti Concept Drawings :: March 1961 (1)

“It all must start with an inspired, spontaneous idea.”
– raymond loewy


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Raymond Loewy Studabaker Avanti Concept Drawings :: March 1961 (2)

From Wikipedia/Raymond Loewy:

In the spring of 1961, Loewy was called back to Studebaker by the company’s new president, Sherwood Egbert, to design the Avanti. Egbert hired him to help energize Studebaker’s soon-to-be-released line of 1963 passenger cars to attract younger buyers.

Despite the short 40-day schedule allowed to produce a finished design and scale model, Loewy agreed to take the job. He recruited a team consisting of experienced designers, including former Loewy employees John Ebstein; Bob Andrews; and Tom Kellogg, a young student from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The team was sequestered in a house leased for the purpose in Palm Springs, California. Each team member had a role. Andrews and Kellogg handled sketching, Ebstein oversaw the project, and Loewy was the creative director and offered advice.

About this drawing – offered by Bonhams:

Colored pencil and charcoal sketch on vellum drafting paper, signed with Raymond Loewy’s “REL” signature and the Raymond Loewy/William Snaith INC 425 Park Ave NY 22 USA sticker, depicting the profile of the car, notes, comments and suggestions from the design team are written on the perimeter of illustration, some signs of wear, creases and moth damage with age, mounted on original fiberboard and artfully encased in Perspex style frame, 14 x 22in. overall. Update: Sold for US$ 2,875


Google homepage “doodle.” November 5, 2013  

Raymond Loewy


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Raymond Loewy Studabaker Avanti Concept Drawings :: March 1961
The Car That Never Dies :: NY Times Article