Tag Archives: Thacker Graphics

style is the man

Virgil Max Exner (1909-1973), conceptual artist and automobile designer, developed and refined his craft amongst the most talented stylists of the 20th Century. Exner held the position of executive stylist for General Motors, Pontiac Division; Raymond Loewy Associates; Studebaker Corporation; Chrysler Corporation; and his own company, Virgil Exner, Inc.

motor car illustrations: early 20th century

From March-May, 1910, Life Magazine inside front cover advertising showcased the above noted six full-color layouts for The Columbia Motor Car Company. The name of the illustrator is barely visible on the advertisements. The Willys-Overland Company developed their market position with advertising illustrations by Coles Phillips (1880-1927). The following advertisement illustration was produced by Phillips… Read More »

kit cars

Circa 1985, the American industry for kit cars offered a variety of high quality fiberglass coach designs that represented British sport cars. The marketing of the American reproductions included many high quality print advertisements with imaginative photography, skillful writing and captivating graphic design. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and many automotive enthusiasts… Read More »

internal combustion engine

    Inline 4-cylinder OHV Internal Combustion Engine with Camshaft in Crankcase and Push Rods activating Overhead Valves (OHV) V-8 (8-cylinder Side Valve) Engine with Flathead Combustion Chamber. The valves are placed in the engine block beside the piston, instead of in the cylinder head, as in an overhead valve engine. Source: 1932-38 Ford Factory Shop… Read More »

a workable plan: building a car from concept to production

 “How A Car Is Made from Invention to Launch” by Don Sherman, Car and Driver magazine, November 18, 2015. The time required is the most interesting and secretive part of a car’s gestation; a crash program to replace a dead-on-its-wheels product may take only half the time invested in a normal, full-redesign effort. In our… Read More »