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Virgil Exner: Visioneer: The official biography of Virgil M. Exner, designer extraordinaire [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

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15. August 2007
The official biography the man who brought his own personal style to the world of industrial design, from automobiles to powerboats. Some 50 years after his design masterpieces wrested styling leadership away from General Motors' Harley Earl.

Thirty four years after his untimely death, Virgil Exner's name still remains inexorably linked to the Chrysler Corporation in the minds of car enthusiasts worldwide. For an all too brief period, Exner's name epitomized all that was great and exciting in America.

His thrilling automobile designs from the mid-fifties took the world by storm and put Chrysler at the top. His work was nothing less than a revolution. Exner introduced to Chrysler, first with his "idea cars" then with production models, vehicles that were wanted for their looks but at the same time, were soundly engineered; automobiles that carried classic proportions and gave the illusion of movement even while stationary. His design of the 1947 Studebaker established the design pattern for all modern cars and was a huge success.

With many previously unseen works of art and family photos among the 150 color images throughout, this is a unique and fascinating insight into a pivotal player in the development of the modern automobile.

Produktinformation

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 160 Seiten
  • Verlag: Veloce Publishing (15. August 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1845841182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841188
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2 x 21,1 x 25,4 cm
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Australian Classic Car, February 2008
Australian magazine

While I don’t hold a strong affection for new cars these days, I’ll admit that I admire the bold, assertive style of Chrysler’s 300 Series. Its style, especially around the front recalls the 1950s when Chrysler wooed stylist Virgil Exner away from Studebaker. It was a time when companies replaced the drab, carry-over, pre-war styles with the flowing extravagance of the 1950s, many of which had a helping hand from Virgil Exner.

This publication is Exner’s story, both private and public, from his school days when his drawing prowess was first recognised to his career styling boats and cars during the 1970s. If the evolution of the automobile in the US is of interest, you will find this biography quite fascinating. Through Exner’s work, it’s possible to track the changes during almost 40 years. Responsible for Studebaker’s Startlight Coupé, Chrysler’s C-300 of the 1950s, and 1960s Imperial and Valiant, he even designed the body for the last Bugatti Type 101. I could be persuaded to own the Exner-designed 1953 De Soto Adventurer any time. The book does not reflect only the good times, covering for example the death of Exner’s son Brian, but nevertheless comes highly recommended.



Classic Cars, January 2008

Review by Rob Scorah
UK magazine

This very readable biography of one of Americas most influential automotive designers introduces you to the politics and personal dramas that shaped the cars of the fifties and sixties as much as the prevailing aesthetics of the studios. The sweeping fins, long flanks and outlandish front-end designs act as a recurring motif throughout his work for the likes of Chrysler, Ghia and Karmann. Also included are examples of Exner's power-boat designs and his fine-art painting. It's as much a book for enthusiasts of design and aesthetics as it is for American car fans.

The Automobile, January 2008

As a student of automotive style I found this official biography exceptionally interesting, a long overdue and well-illustrated, complete life story of one of the most important designers of the 1950s and '60s. It is official as the De Soto-owning author has had much help from Virgil Exner Junior, himself a designer who worked alongside his father.

Exner, ever an artist, started his automotive career in an advertising agency with the Studebaker account. He joined Harley Earl’s fledgling Art and Color Section at GM in 1934, rising to head the
Pontiac section a year later. He joined Raymond Loewy in 1938, working mostly on Studebaker before being employed by them in 1945. His move to Chrysler adn international fame came in 1949. Few would forget the products of his association with Ghia. Having stayed at Chrysler till 1962, he set up on his own. He effectively created retro-styling, vide his creation on the Bugatti 101 and the Stutz Blackhawk and became equally known in the boating world. An interesting character well recalled, and we learn much about other well-known designers of the time.

Synopsis

This is the story of a man that brought his own personal style to the world of industrial design, from automobiles to powerboats. Some 50 years after his design masterpieces wrested styling leadership away from General Motors Harley Earl. Thirty four years after his untimely death, Virgil Exner's name still remains inexorably linked to the Chrysler Corporation in the minds of car enthusiasts worldwide. For an all too brief period, Exner's name epitomised all that was great and exciting in America. His thrilling automobile designs from the mid-fifties took the world by storm and put Chrysler at the top. His work was nothing less than a revolution. Until the mid-fifties, engineers, creating cars that were reliable but invariably staid and conservative, had dominated auto design. Exner introduced to Chrysler, firstly with his idea cars then with production models, vehicles that were wanted for their looks but at the same time, were soundly engineered; automobiles that carried classic proportions and gave the illusion of movement even whilst stationary. His design of the 1947 Studebaker established the design pattern for all modern cars and was a huge success.

Along with automobile styling, his talents stretched to many other areas of industrial design, from trains to trucks and boats to Buicks. This book gets behind the character of the man, his strengths and weaknesses, his personal tragedies and his vision of modern transport. Uncover why he set up in competition with Raymond Loewy, get the real facts behind historic inaccuracies and why he was made scapegoat for the sales disaster of the early sixties, Then delight in his fine artwork and his love of motor racing. With many previously unseen works of art and family photos among the 150 colour images throughout this is a unique and fascinating insight into a pivotal player in the development of the modern automobile.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Leben und Werk des Designers 8. November 2007
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Vergil Exner (1909-1973) war der wohl einflussreichste Designer der amerikanischen Automobilindustrie, der mit dem "Forward Look" nicht nur das Aussehen der Autos bei Chrysler prägte.
Aber auf den 170 Seiten dieses Buches kommt nicht nur Exners Schaffen für Chrysler sondern auch andere Studien, Boote, seine Aquarelle, seine privaten Probleme sowie ein Kapitel über seinen Sohn, Virgil jr., vor. Die zahlreiche Abbildungen sind natürlich für die Biographie eines Designers von besonderer Bedeutung.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Für Freunde der Heckflossen! 11. August 2014
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Interessantes und informatives Buch für Freunde des amerikanischen Designs aus der glorreichen Ära... für Chrysler- bzw. Heckflossenfreunde eigentlich ein Muss.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Vision Caught Indeed 9. November 2007
Von Albert E. Parker Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The midfifties were a watershed in auto design. Who can forget the first sight of the dazzling fifties Chevies and Fords but most of all the very dramatic and elegant Chrysler products from 1955 on. The Chrysler products were produced under the inspiration and leadership of Virgil Exner. This book is a dream for all of us interested in automobiles, their design, and the process that brings them into being.

As is so important to those of us who delight in the visual aspects of the automobile, pictures are important. This volume documents the genesis, development and implementation of the great Chrysler designs of the fifties and sixties. As few other books have done so succesfully, these pictures allow my mind's eye to explore the dynamic forms and lucious, subtle lines of both the development and design study cars and the production cars. I was especially taken with the gold and white 1956 D500, it logically flows from Exners show car explorations of the automotive form.

This book also allows us to see the relationship of his early years to his later work, and Exner's relationship to his work at Chrysler. Also covered are his subsequent efforts in other design projects.

If you like cars, admire the geat designs of the fifties and sixtiesVirgil Exner: Visioneer: The official biography of Virgil M. Exner, designer extraordinaire, or are fascinated by the creative process you will like this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent template for business biographys 2. Oktober 2009
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An excellent presentation of the life and work of an important figure in the history of automotive styling in the U.S. It was written with extensive support of the Exner family which gave the author access to many drawings and to their memories of key aspects of Exner's life. It shows that there was much more to Exner than the Ghia show car.

A major strength of the book is the insights it gives into the corporate/industry environment that automobile stylists operated in during the post-war period. The conflicts between engineering, manufacturing, and styling departments at several manufacturers are shown clearly. The book also shows how and why people moved among companies in a close knit industry. The placing of credit or blame for sales success or failure on the stylists - especially a new department head - by top management is another aspect of the industry that is presented well.

The latter portions of the book covering Exner's work after he left Chrysler is as interesting as his work for the auto manufacturers. We need more books like this about important figures in the history of the auto industry
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My hero! 5. September 2008
Von R. D. Snyder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I seem to be reading about my heros, this year. First, the material made available recently, again, by artist and writer Jack Kirby, and now, the long-neglected Virgil Exner. Though not, exactly, a thing of design beauty itself, the book paints Exner as a fine man as well as a fine designer. It also shows a hint of his early-'60s work for Chrysler Corporation that never made it to production.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Virgil Exner: Visioneer: The Official Biography of Virgil M. Exner, Designer Extradinaire 13. Oktober 2008
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Overviews of the Exner story and some fascinating details have appeared in such publications as "Collectible Automobiles" and other enthusiast publications over the past fifteen years. This book does an excellent job of bringing that information together. For someone with an interest in automotive design but not much knowlege of Exner, I would recommed this book highly. For someone who already knows the outlines of Exner's career, the book is less satisfying. While the infomation about Exner the person is one of the book's positive features, the material about Exner the designer merely whets the appetite for more. Part of what is lacking is more development of the context. If one parks a 1955 Chrysler, designed under Exner's command, next to a 1955 Buick, done under the command of the legendary Harley Earl, the surface development of the Chrysler is clearly more sophisticated. The book doesn't show the difference, nor does it show why the 1957 cars were so revolutionary, though the book does correctly point out that the '57 cars redefined the American automobile's proportions. Moreover, the book refers to Exner's influence on the 1970s Detroit cars without really exploring that influence. Key elements of, say, the 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo are philosophically the same as the themes in the aborted 1962 cars designed during Exner's tenure. Besides more development of the context in which Exner's work appeared, more graphic information about the evolution of the completed Exner designs would enhance the book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen So Much More Than The '50s 17. Oktober 2012
Von Charles Scheps - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The more I learned about Virgil Exner, the more I appreciated his sense of style and philosophy of automotive design. It was also a revelation to discover his involvement in the design of a number of vehicles I had not previously associated with him. In addition, the insights provided by the author into corporate dynamics went a long way in explaining why over the years some less-than-stellar designs made it to production and why some other marvelous ones didn't.

The text and photos were excellent; the book design, however, was hard to handle. The photos had informative captions, but reading them was a real chore! Captions were all printed in a smaller and lighter typeface than the regular text, and were printed in a very pale baby-blue ink. It was tedious trying to read them.

The content of the book is very worthwhile, and I'm glad to have it in my library. But reading it does take work.
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