When we speak about Californian School in design, we mean designers, developers, style centers working in Los Angeles area, and right the Los Angeles Petersen Automotive Museum
hosts, until next February, the "California Car Design: local style, global influence
exhibition, showing several cars, designed in the south Californian area since 1919.
One example of what you could see is a 1919 Pierce-Arrow, ordered by the famous GM Harley Earl for Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, a highly paid silent film star, and whose gargantuan size, purple color, oak wheels, white tires, and custom radiator shell made it one of the most imposing and conspicuous cars on the road. Among other rare pieces: the first America's first postwar sports car, the 1947 Kurtis Omohundro Comet, designed by Frank Kurtis, the 1950 Oldsmobile Polynesian, developed by Valley Custom, an inedited full scale clay prototype from Chrysler, the Honda FC Sport concept, designed by American Honda Motor Co. and exhibit during the Los Angeles Exhibition in 2008; above all that, many mass produced model conceived in California.
This exhibition will tell the story of Southern California's designed cars and explains how progressive local designers like Harley Earl and Dutch Darrin brought a fresh approach to a conservative profession.