Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild Model Car, 1961

Description
This is the automobile model that was entered into the 1961 Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild contest by Harry E. Schoepf of Manchester, New Hampshire. He won a $1,000 dollar styling award in the Senior Division of the contest. The yellow two-door convertible model has a peculiar design, having the driver and the passenger in two different pods with two separate windows made of clear acrylic. The wooden model was painted yellow, with aluminum detailing on the bumpers, grille, and exhaust.
From 1930 until 1968, the Fisher Body Division of General Motors sponsored the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild and its annual model-building competition. For the first seven years of the contest, the young men in the Guild built models of a Napoleonic carriage (the Fisher Body logo) to show their high precision skills in craftsmanship. In 1937 the contest expanded to include model automobiles, which became a source of inspiration for new GM automobiles. By 1948 model cars became the only accepted entry for the contest. Winning car models were both practical and stylish original designs made with superior craftsmanship on an exacting 1/12th scale. For General Motors, the competition was a major public relations success while also serving as a type of design aptitude test for the entrants. For the young men of the Guild, the contest was a chance to win scholarships, cash prizes, and an once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid trip to Detroit for the regional winners. Designs featured in these models would often presage production automobiles, as many winners went on to work for General Motors or other automotive companies as designers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
car model
maker
Schoepf, Harry E.
Measurements
overall: 15 in x 6 in x 4 in; 38.1 cm x 15.24 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
1987.0436.01
accession number
1987.0436
catalog number
1987.0436.01
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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