Let’s be honest. There’s been some awful car designs over the past 200 years. These atrocities have caused the designer’s name to become hidden out of the shame of their creation; it’s why you only know the best car designer’s names, some who have created what the new quarterbacks drive. Below we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 car designers throughout the world’s short lived automotive history.
Elwood Haynes has earned his title of one of the most influential car designers for his development of the American car. That’s right – he pioneered the idea of putting a gasoline engine on a box with four wheels. As well as being the forefather of the American car, he is also mistaken for the founder of a popular underwear brand.
The last name of this designer may sound familiar. What isn’t familiar is Ferrari was a car racer. When he wasn’t building the Ferrari, he was out racing Formula 1 cars. With such fierce precision on the roads, you would think Ferrari enrolled in traffic school online.
During the 70’s, Richard Teague dominated the automotive market with his innovative car designs while working at American Motors Corporation. One of them being the very familiar Jeep Cherokee. You can say Richard Teague was in a league of his own.
After General Motors bought his company, Harley Earl designed his most notable works. He made major contributions to the Cadillac design and even created the Chevy Corvette. His boss could never tell if he was working hard or Harley working.
Takeshi Uchiyamada earned his title of being one of our top car designers for his creation of the most popular hybrid electric vehicle. The Toyota Prius was the precursor to what will inevitably be the hybrid era of the auto industry. Thanks to Uchiyamada, we’ve taken a large leap into the future of electric vehicles.
Ian Callum is most known for his influential contribution to the Jaguar design. After spending time developing models with Ford, Callum switched ships and directed his attention to the Jaguar series. He’s also known for his development of several Aston Martin designs, which is known as the manufacturer overshadowed by Callum’s Jaguar success.
Walter De’Silva was an influential car designer for his works with Audi and Volkswagon. Serving as the head of design for both companies, De’Silva put together some of the most recognizable designs sold by each company. One just so happens to be the Audi R8. But, what we like to call it is the Audi GR8.
No automotive designer left a bigger imprint on a single company as Peter Schreyer did on Kia Motors. Schreyer completely reinvented the Kia design to make it more marketable to the general audience. This put the automotive company on everyone’s roadmap, when purchasing a new car. Who knew that Schreyer was the Key-a to their success-a.
Robert Anderson was well ahead of his time, which happened to be 1832. What makes Anderson most notable was his invention of the very first electric carriage. It was a primitive design by today’s electric car standards, however he’s regarded as the father of automotive eco-friendliness.
Franz Von Holzhausen
Franz Von Holzhausen worked under Mazda, Volkswagon, and General Motors during his time as a car designer. His most recognizable design was the New Beetle concept popularized in the early 2000’s. He’s also responsible for your sore shoulders while growing up.