Automobile Concept Art
Signed and Numbered Edition of 100 Copies
Patrick Kelley

Imagine: Automobile Concept Art from the 1930s to the 1980s
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Automobile Concept Art from the 1930s to the 1980s
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 100 Copies
Patrick Kelley


The golden age of American automobile design is universally considered to be from the 1940s to the early 1970s, an innovative period for the country’s automobile manufacturers and for the artists who designed and styled the cars of the future. The goal was to sell more cars primarily by employing artists to create vehicles with ‘eye appeal’ for the buying public. There were many thousands of drawings of these futuristic models, but almost all have been lost or purposely destroyed by the manufacturers to minimize copying. The eye-catching images shown in this book have been gathered together over the last 15 years and now form part of The Kelley Collection. They are rare survivors and illustrate the work of the men and woman who drew and designed the cars from their early days at art school and during their employment with the ‘Big Three’ automobile manufacturers. These artists have been almost forgotten and this book honors them for their contributions and imagination. The reader is taken back to earlier times when the sky was the limit, dreams and vision were encouraged and restrictions were few. 87 individual artists are represented here with 235 wonderfully unique images.

  • Hardcover
  • Featuring 87 artists
  • Limited edition of just 100 signed and numbered copies
  • Regular Edition also available
  • Page Size: 219 x 290 mm
  • Page Count: 324
  • Photographs: 235 images
  • ISBN: 978-1-85443-307-7

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Patrick Kelley
Author Biography

After a lifetime of fascination with all things automobile, Patrick Kelley shares his love for cars and art. About 15 years ago, he stumbled onto what would soon be a new passion, the collection of original automobile concept art by many of the finest designers and stylists working in and around Detroit. These were drawing and paintings of what future automobiles might look like. Patrick felt that the story of this futuristic work that came out of art schools across America and ultimately the ‘Big Three’ automobile companies had to be told. More about Patrick Kelley

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5 of 5 March 27, 2022
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5 of 5 Inspiring September 14, 2019
Reviewer: Jacques Helot from Ingolstadt, Bavaria Germany  
An hommage to many mostly unknown car designers. Originals of car design renderings are rare as they have to stay secret and remain locked up in the car design studios. Most of them probably get shredded at some point. The book gives a nice overview of portfolio renderings and some that must have sneaked out of the studios. Some are works of art

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