An instructor expelled Gordon Buehrig from class on one occasion because the student’s notebook was full of automobile drawings. This early interest in auto design shaped the rest of his life.
Many regard Buehrig as one of the most important automotive designers. His career spanned nearly four decades while working at Dietrich Inc., Packard, General Motors, Stutz, Duesenberg, Auburn Automobile Company, the Budd Company, Raymond Loewy’s Studebaker studio, and Ford Motor Company. His famous designs include the 1932 Duesenberg Model J Beverly, the 1934 Auburn 851 Boattail Speedster, and the 1936 Cord Model 810.
In late 1933, during his second stint with General Motors Art and Color Section, Buehrig designed an aerodynamic car with air intakes on each side of a wrap-around hood. Sometime later, while back in E.L. Cord’s employment, this design study became the genesis for the Cord Model 810. In 1951, the Museum of Modern Art in New York recognized the Cord 810 as “the outstanding American contribution to automobile design.”
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