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Virgil Exner: Visioneer: The official biography of Virgil M. Exner, designer extraordinaire [Hardcover]

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Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2007
Publisher   Veloce
ISBN  1845841182  
EAN  9781845841188  

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Grist has been writing about American automobiles for over 15 years. He started with the Chrysler Corp Club UK, which he ran for more than 10 years, editing it's monthly magazine, TalkFlite. This lead to writing for high street magazines. He currently owns three Dodge vehicles, has already published a book on Dodge and is currently writing the official biography of American car designer Virgil M. Exner Snr. He is married to Catherine and has three children.

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Virgil Exner: Visioneer: The Official Biography of Virgil M. Exner, Designer Extradinaire  Oct 13, 2008
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.
My hero!  Sep 5, 2008
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.
Good Book on a Great Designer  Jul 25, 2008
Virgil Exner has to be ranked as one of the great automotive designers of all time. This is a fairly comprehensive story of his life and his work. Most of the time the book is quite readable, although some errors in spelling and grammar show up. There is very little written information on Exner, so this book fills a critical need. If you are a Mopar fan, and just a fan of great automotive design, this is a must-have book.
The Vision Caught Indeed  Nov 9, 2007
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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