Norman Bel Geddes Database
Job 271, Chrysler Corporation ("Q" Account), 1934-1956
In September 1933 Bel Geddes, then in partnership with Earl Newsom and Worthen Paxton under the firm name Norman Bel Geddes & Company, signed a contract with Chrysler Corporation. In all memoranda and minutes the client is referenced secretively only as “Mr. Q.” Geddes's charge was to design a lighter-weight car with a smaller wheelbase (to reduce freight charges) and a rear engine. Its price class was to be “cheaper than anything built yet.”
This material consolidates the jobs Rear Engine car (job 272), Restyle (jobs 275 and 285), Plymouth Restyle and Wind Tunnel (job 287), and Exhibit (job 271).
Please note: The photograph in photo box 5, folder 271.4 is an unfixed proof print which cannot be exposed to light.