A body engineer and designer for Auburn who deigned the Cord L-29 and Duesenberg Model J. Later as staff stylist at Ford from 1947 on.
Because of the drive configuration, chief design engineer John Oswald was able to style the L-29 very long and low, which made it look sleek against its contemporaries.
But, oh, what the layout did for looks. The super long front allowed body engineer John Oswald to create a flowing hood and fenders ensemble while Auburn chief designer Al Leamy applied a Duesenberg-style radiator that only accented that impressive length and the lowness conferred by front wheel drive. In all, the L-29 looked sensational in its four "factory" body styles: Sedan, Brougham, Phaeton and Cabriolet, all supplied by subsidiary Cord companies.
By 1948, Buehrig wondered if he would ever get back to what he loved best, auto design. He did, with Ford Motor Company. In 1949, Buehrig went to work for Ford's John Oswald, then head of body engineering and styIing, as head of the body development studio. One of five studios at Ford Styling, this group was responsible for creating station wagons and convertibles from standard sedan bodies designed in the other studios. Buehrig's first assignment was the car which became the 1951 Ford hardtop. xxxx
John Oswald, the man who had penned many a memorable Auburn design, was
tapped to draw the lines of the L-29 Cord, and he took every advantage of
the front-wheel-drive layout. While all the rear-wheel-drive cars on the
road had bodies that sat up high above their driveshafts (Stylists had yet
to prevail upon engineers to let the shaft run through the passenger
compartment.), the L-29 sat elegantly low. Its hoodline was a foot lower
than its luxury car competition.
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