Category Archives: Salesmanship

the man who sold 13,001 chevrolet motor cars

In 1963 Joe Girard started selling cars in Detroit, Michigan. He worked for a Chevrolet franchise his first two months and excelled. He left that Chevrolet dealer to work for Merollis Chevrolet where he stayed for fifteen years. His first year selling new cars and trucks, all retail sales and no fleet sales, totaled 267 units sold. Over the course of his… Read More »

around $10,000.

Excerpt by Rory Jurnecka, Automobilemag.com, January, 2017. “Catching Up With Tom Tjaarda, Automobile Designer” Tom Tjaarda (1934-) is an American designer who based his career in Italy, working for many of the country’s top design houses [Ghia, Pininfarina, Fiat, De Tomaso, Rayton-Fissore] where he penned cars such as the original Fiat 124 Spider and the… Read More »

type 1 engine & chassis

Why the engine in the back? In conventional cars, a front engine turns the rear wheels through a long drive shaft. But Volkswagen’s rear engine gives direct power to the wheels, saving weight and power. It is the most efficient and economical design. It means greater visibility when driving–you see over VW’s snub nose. And… Read More »

unconventional thinking. intellectual mobility.

There is a living tradition of German car design that is derived from the 17th and 18th century Enlightenment ideals of reason, logic, and systematics. The general aims of this manner of thinking are focused on the everyday activities of people; and how the individual and society, each, could be changed for the better. In… Read More »

a general survey of porsche cars: 1965-1973

Porsche 911. Model Year 1967 . 2.0 Engine, Ivory White #6604.  Original Bill Of Sale: $6845.26.  Source: www.design911.co.uk              Porsche 911 F. 1965-1973.  Source: porsche.com.   Porsche 911 Targa. 1967-1973. Porsche Factory, Stuttgart, Germany, 1970.