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Nash Palomino Concept Art
1954. Mixed media on paper. Signed and dated "Arbib '54" "A great automotive designer..." (Coachbuilt) 1954 was the year the Hudson and Nash-Kelvinator Corporations merged to form American Motors, with Nash as the predominating partner. The design demonstrates the somewhat prosaic virtues of Nash but also one of the waves of the future: Compact cars. Sturdy and practical, Arbib's "Palomino" rejects both the pretentiousness and the sexiness of much car design of the period. This design, features of which were incorporated into designs of the next 30 years, has a "good American citizen" quality that has always had an audience, though oddly enough it was commandeered by Volkswagen and later Toyota and Honda. Richard Arbib was a tireless industrial designer whose work ranged from watches to yachts, and included many lasting automotive innovations. Born in Gloversville, New York of Egyptian parentage, he attended Pratt. He worked on GM's exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair and then various automotive designers until he set up his own firm in the 1960's, having taken time during World War II to work on bomber design. Scharf, Richard H. Arbib 1917-1995 Visionary American Designer . 2006.
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