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Drawing, Concept Car, 1954

This is a Drawing. It is dated 1954 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is airbrush and ink on illustration board. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This concept car drawing by designer John Jungwirth presents a captivating automotive design featuring a bold unified color scheme. The bright red color of the automotive body is echoed in the roofline cover, leather interior, whitewall tires, and rear tail lights. Chrome bumpers at the front and rear and fin projections at the front add details popular in 1950s American automobiles. The dome-like shape of the roofline and the expanse of clear glass create an open effect that subtly imitates aircraft. Jungwirth included similar rounded glass rooflines in some of his earlier concept car designs.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Its dimensions are

54.6 × 68.6 cm (21 1/2 in. × 27 in.)

It is signed

Signed in graphite, lower right: John R Jungwirth March, 1954

Cite this object as

Drawing, Concept Car, 1954; airbrush and ink on illustration board; 54.6 × 68.6 cm (21 1/2 in. × 27 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2017-18-16

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