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lstude
11-12-2006, 01:09 PM
This was forwarded by Jeff Rice and emailed to me by Larry Swanson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00150.htm

BMW Designer Albrecht Graf Goertz passes away
Tuesday, 7 November 2006, 3:33 pm
Press Release: BMW
Designer Albrecht Graf Goertz passes away


Munich. Designer Albrecht Graf Goertz passed away last Friday at the age of 92. In the mid-1950s, Count Goertz designed the legendary BMW 507 to create not only an icon of the BMW brand but also what many regarded as the most beautiful two-seater car in motoring history. His second design for BMW, the elegant BMW 503, was destined to stand in the shadow of the 507. But Goertz’s artistry and creative powers went far beyond the bounds of automobile design. He created a wide range of consumer objects ranging from fountain pens and cameras all the way to musical instruments, furniture and textiles.


Following his return to civilian life in 1945, he met Raymond Loewy, then the preeminent figure in industrial design. He helped Goertz to gain a place of study at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and subsequently took him on as a junior designer in his Studebaker development department. Here Goertz and a colleague designed the successful facelift of the Studebaker Champion – the so-called “bullet nose”. Two and a half years later, Goertz and Loewy parted company.



Below are some copies out of the Jan-Feb issue of Motorsport magazine about Al Goertz and his connection with Studebaker. The magazine also has a very complimentary road test of the 56 Golden Hawk
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http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/MotorsportMagazineGoertz2.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/MotorsportMagazineGoertz3.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/MotorsportMagazineGoertz4.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/MotorsportMagazineJan-Feb1956.jpg


Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

lstude
11-12-2006, 08:08 PM
I forgot to mention that Goertz was also the designer of the original Datsun 240Z

Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

lstude
11-12-2006, 08:08 PM
I forgot to mention that Goertz was also the designer of the original Datsun 240Z

Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

studegary
11-14-2006, 04:16 PM
The Motorsport magazine article consistently uses one of the common misspellings of Loewy's name. Mr. Goertz was one of many young designers that got early training and experience under Bob Bourke. I do not believe that Goertz was a member of Bourke's Studebaker styling group by the 1951-1952 time frame, so I doubt that he had a hand in the '53 Starliner. The styling that Goertz did was excellent and timeless.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

studegary
11-14-2006, 04:16 PM
The Motorsport magazine article consistently uses one of the common misspellings of Loewy's name. Mr. Goertz was one of many young designers that got early training and experience under Bob Bourke. I do not believe that Goertz was a member of Bourke's Studebaker styling group by the 1951-1952 time frame, so I doubt that he had a hand in the '53 Starliner. The styling that Goertz did was excellent and timeless.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)