EyesOn Design 2015

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser The NPD CollectionPresenting one of America’s finest collector car shows: the EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition. Here’s MCG’s report on this past Sunday’s event with a giant photo gallery. 

 

 

EyesOn Design is a Motor City institution. If it’s Father’s Day and you’re a Detroit-area car enthusiast, chances are excellent you’ll be at the show, which is held each year at the beautiful Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. One of the country’s top collector car events, EyesOn Design supports a very worthy cause: the research efforts of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. This year’s chairman is Kathy Lightbody, Director of Brand Communications, Automotive News, while the honorary chairman is Ralph Gilles, head of design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Where other car shows are known to focus on rarity or monetary value or collector status, EyesOn Design is all about one thing: classic automotive design—and in cars of every price class and category. This unique perspective makes EyesOn Design nearly unique among car shows. The theme on the show field for 2015 was House Style, showcasing the work of the legendary styling studio bosses: Harley Earl, George Walker, Virgil Exner, Raymond Loewy, and other famed design chiefs here and abroad. From the approximately 300 cars on exhibit this year, please find a very small sample in the gallery below.

 

1948 Davis Divan Kim & Myron Vernis
1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon Cliff & JoAnn Rothrock
1930 Hupmobile Cabriolet Bill & Robin Heller
1929 Ford Model A Roadster John & Denise Coburn
1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible Edmund Meurer
1953 Packard Caribbean Terry Adderly
1916 Detroit Electric Model 60-985 Brougham Jack and Janice Beatty
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Retractable Lawrence Miller
1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon Phaeton Sedan Al & Pat Hatch
1918 Detroit Electric Brougham Bill & Robin Heller
1951 Jaguar Mk V DHC Laurence Wolfe
1995 Chrysler Atlantic Concept Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
1952 Chevrolet Suburban Jim Morningstar
1963 Turner Mk III Sports Roadster John Ruth
1955 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Gerald & Ruth Chesire
1930 Chrysler Model 70 Royal Coupe Tim & Julia Wolfe
1970 AMC Rebel Machine Tom Guarr
1978 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon Dave Kawa
1949 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Steven Plunkett
1907 Dolson Model H Touring Joseph Pray
1926 Reo T6E Roadster Will & Sue Pugsley
1948 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe Charlie Saganek
1913 Ford Model T Speedster Frank Palazzolo
1961 Daimler SP250 William W. Swor
1906 Reo Model B Rod & Nancy Tenniswood
1956 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible Bill & Kay Smith
1929 Pontiac Sport Cabriolet Ron & Betsy Thomas
1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser The NPD Collection
1953 Cadillac Eldorado Neal & Lois Porter
1932 Reo Royale Convertible Coupe James R. & Pamela Neal
1926 Oldsmobile Deluxe Roadster R.E. Olds Museum
1974 AMC Gremlin Prototype Brian L. Moyer

1948 Davis Divan Kim & Myron Vernis

1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon Cliff & JoAnn Rothrock

1930 Hupmobile Cabriolet Bill & Robin Heller

1929 Ford Model A Roadster John & Denise Coburn

1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible Edmund Meurer

1953 Packard Caribbean Terry Adderly

1916 Detroit Electric Model 60-985 Brougham Jack and Janice Beatty

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Retractable Lawrence Miller

1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon Phaeton Sedan Al & Pat Hatch

1918 Detroit Electric Brougham Bill & Robin Heller

1951 Jaguar Mk V DHC Laurence Wolfe

1995 Chrysler Atlantic Concept Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

1952 Chevrolet Suburban Jim Morningstar

1963 Turner Mk III Sports Roadster John Ruth

1955 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Gerald & Ruth Chesire

1930 Chrysler Model 70 Royal Coupe Tim & Julia Wolfe

1970 AMC Rebel Machine Tom Guarr

1978 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon Dave Kawa

1949 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Steven Plunkett

1907 Dolson Model H Touring Joseph Pray

1926 Reo T6E Roadster Will & Sue Pugsley

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe Charlie Saganek

1913 Ford Model T Speedster Frank Palazzolo

1961 Daimler SP250 William W. Swor

1906 Reo Model B Rod & Nancy Tenniswood

1956 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible Bill & Kay Smith

1929 Pontiac Sport Cabriolet Ron & Betsy Thomas

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser The NPD Collection

1953 Cadillac Eldorado Neal & Lois Porter

1932 Reo Royale Convertible Coupe James R. & Pamela Neal

1926 Oldsmobile Deluxe Roadster R.E. Olds Museum

1974 AMC Gremlin Prototype Brian L. Moyer

3 thoughts on “EyesOn Design 2015

  1. Ive never seen that Gremlin / Hornet / Concord thing. Very interesting design but they were correct in not releasing it for production. Disappointed that the Chrysler Atlantic never made it to the street though.

    Would love to have the Pinto Cruising Wagon simply because it sums up the mid ’70s auto scene like few things can. I’d also love the Turner. I knew the name but paid no attention because it was one of those rare hybrids that were almost never found in the classifieds. That one reminds me of the Triumph LeMans racers, so there must be a Michelotti / Vignale connection. Which validates the point of the show

  2. Excellent show as always… Program was really well done. The site layout didn’t quite match the maps, however. House Design was a good call for themes, as it really showed how the styling had a family look under a single vision. Disappointed with the class I started years ago, the Hot Rod class. 5 cars that included a drag strip only car, a Rolls resto-rod, & a customized limited production Vette. All interesting cars, but not commonly ever thought of as hot rods. It seems to have lost its way…

  3. Without a doubt, one of our favorite events of the year. Even though we’re from Ohio, Eyes on Design has been a Father’s Day tradition in our family for a decade. What’s not to love about a friendly event with fantastic car selection in a beautiful and historic setting which benefits a great cause?

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