Somewhere between the minimalist horseless carriage and the modern technology-laden, mass produced sedan, there was a time when building cars was more artistry and craft than an exercise in efficient production.
There are certain American cars from that era that have transcended time with their appearance, performance, luxury, and innovations. Stunning cars like the Duesenberg J, The Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster, and the classic Cord 810/812. The common element behind those cars was they were all penned by Gordon Buehrig.
Gordon Buehrig was born in Mason City, Illinois in 1904. He and his brother bought their first car together, a 1904 Orient Buckboard, at age 14. When he went off to college in Peoria, he was expelled for drawing car designs on his notebook during a chemistry class. After he ended up driving a cab in Chicago for 6 months following his expulsion, he returned to study drafting, art, and wood and metal working. He left for Detroit before he ever graduated at age 20.