April 10, 1969 — Harley Jefferson Earl (1893-1969), American car designer, died. He was a Hollywood builder of custom cars and became GM’s VP of styling from 1940—1959. He was the first to introduce tail fins in 1948. His design philosophy was “You can design a car so that every time you get in it, it’s a relief—you have a little vacation for a while.”

  5 comments for “This Day in History

  1. April 10, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Now I suddenly crave a photo of tail fins. I remember riding to school in a friends fathers brand new 58 Chevy. It was a vacation. White leather seats.

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  2. April 10, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Interesting! I need a tail fin on my car lol

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