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Tri Five

REPRINTED FROM Ken Pickering, February 2008 Retired 1989 as Executive Director, Engineering and Design Services, GM Design Staff I joined GM Styling (now GM Design) in October 1952 after spending time at Fisher Body Trim and Hardware Styling and GM Manufacturing Development Staff (MDS). After graduating from Penn State in 1949 with a BSME, I wanted to become an Automobile Designer, but my career path remained in Engineering. Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen opened the door for me to GM Styling by introducing me to Harley Earl. I had done some custom car designs for Knudsen, who was the Director of MDS. On this, my first day at GM Styling in 1952, I was given a tour of the facility at 465 West Milwaukee [Detroit] where we occupied floors eight through eleven. The eleventh floor housed the Executive Offices and the Auditorium. When we entered the Auditorium, I was blown away by the beauty of the two fiberglass models on display, a 1955 Chevrolet Sedan and an absolutely gorgeous 1955 Chevrolet Hardtop Coupe. The Coupe was shown in Gray and Salmon two tone exterior and interior and it was unforgettable.