Ed Welburn, a Berwyn native and the retired head of global design for General Motors, takes special pride in his 1957 Corvette designed by the iconic Harley Earl, writes A.J. Baime for The Wall Street Journal.
Welburn purchased his prized possession from former baseball player Reggie Jackson in 2016. This was the first time Welburn had ever seen a silver 1957 Corvette, which is not surprising since only 65 were made that year. The fact that the car was designed by his hero, Earl, also brought extra meaning to the purchase.
“Harley Earl was the first to run an organized automobile-design studio in America,” said Welburn. “He pushed to make cars longer, lower and sleeker.”
To honor his hero, he equipped the car with a “Mr. Earl” license plate.
The same year he purchased the car, he retired from General Motors and ordered another Corvette, a 2016 model Z06, also in silver with a red interior.
He has also left room in his garage for the next-generation Corvette, which is not out yet but is one he worked on before retiring.
Read more about Ed Welburn in The Wall Street Journal here.