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Photos: Auto sketches from Detroit’s golden era you were never meant to see

Photos: Auto sketches from Detroit's golden era you were never meant to see

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Why wasn't I meant to see them?


The designs were never meant to leave the studios. Automakers routinely destroyed early sketches for fear they would fall into the wrong hands.

But some of them made their way out of Ford, GM and Chrysler, as well as now defunct Studebaker, Packard and AMC. According to one designer, they were smuggled out in boxes with false bottoms. One employee famously hid his sketches inside the liner of his trench coat. “As an artist, you would hate to see your artwork destroyed,” Edwards said.

I love that we live in an age of transparency!

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