Vintage Postcards: ’52 Pontiac – Harley Earl’s Lost Disciple

Some of us are born in the wrong epoch, either too early or too late. And in this postcard taken in Texas in ’73, we see the talents of a young man gone to waste. Had he been born a few decades prior, wouldn’t his love for bling made him a darling in the eyes of Harley Earl?

GM stylist Chuck Jordan has quoted Earl as saying: “You add the chrome, I’ll take it out.” Of course, Mr. Earl never took any of it out. And while I admit this Pontiac’s display of excess makes for an indelible image, I’m just glad that differences in time and space never permitted Mr. Earl and this fella to cross paths.