Car brands are famous the world over. People everywhere can identify an Aston Martin or a Lamborghini. Most people even have an idea what infamous cars such as the Lada and Peugeot look like. But did you ever stop to think about who designs the cars we all know and love? Unlike fashion designers who enjoy fame and fortune, most car designers toil in obscurity, collecting a decent but unspectacular paycheck from the automaker where they are merely an employee. Yet some car designers have developed a sterling reputation within the industry and among automotive aficionados for creating several of the best loved vehicles of all time. Here’s a list of 10 of the all-time great car designers.
10. Bill Mitchell
He’s never been the subject of a movie, and there are no schools named after him, but Bill Mitchell has a special place in the hearts of people who love American muscle cars. A lifelong employee at General Motors in Detroit, Bill Mitchell designed several iconic cars during the 1960s and 1970s, notably the Cadillac Coupe DeVille, Corvette Sting Ray and Chevrolet Camaro. Pretty damn impressive. Starting at General Motors in 1935, Bill Mitchell literally influenced the automotive industry for more than 40 years, until his retirement in 1977. He died in 1988, but left a lasting legacy on the car world. His design of the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe is considered to be his masterpiece.