Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


From the Library of Congress, an interesting look at the first Avanti design sketch by Raymond Loewy, as well as some details of his wide-ranging industrial design work.

As for the Avanit, quite a bit of a change from the initial sketch of a svelte, somewhat conventional-looking roadster to the coupe that was finally manufactured.

When I looked at the sketch, I thought it seemed to have a bit of the '55-'59 BMW 507 about it, especially the split grill. Imagine my surprise when I did a bit more Googling for some photos for this post to see that Loewy's company subsequently hired the 507's designer, Albrecht Goertz, and Loewy himself did a design study for a 507 coupe prototype. Looking at the B-pillar of Loewy's prototype, it's easy to see there's a pretty straight shot to the unique design found on the roof pillar of the Avanti.

Pretty cool.

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