His Friends Called Him “Mac”
Strother MacMinn was born in Berkeley, California in 1918, the son of a Professor of English Literature at Cal-Tech. He learned early automobile design through association with Frank Hershey whose firm built custom bodies for Duesenberg, Marmon, Lincoln, Packard and Peerless in the early thirties. MacMinn went to work for General Motors Styling Section in 1936. Later he was employed in Buick, Opel “Kapitan”, Truck and Coach, Oldsmobile studios as a stylist.
After a 5-year hitch in the Army, in which he ended up as an Armament Officer with a Fighter Squadron in England, he went back to GM for a short period. There followed a 5-year association with Henry Dreyfuss’ Pasadena office where he participated in the design for the Consolidated-Vultee “Flying Automobile”, farm machinery, lift trucks, etc. He began teaching industrial design at the Art Center School in 1948 and doing free-lance design consulting for aircraft, boat, tool and plastic manufacturers. Mr. MacMinn has acted as judge at some ten Concours d’Elegance held over the past few years in the Los Angeles area.
by Strother MacMinn
Inside Cover of MacMinn’s 1959 Book “Sports Cars of the Future”
About MacMinn or His Career and Projects
Authored by MacMinn or About His Career
MacMinn and His LeMans Coupe
The LeMans Coupe Showcase
Vintage Articles About The LeMans Coupe
Modern Articles About The LeMans Coupe
Road & Track Articles (4)
Videos of Strother MacMinn
Four Minute Interview: Blackhawk Museum
Four Minute Interview: Art Center College of Design
The Strother MacMinn Showcase is an archive of all Mac’s vintage articles as well as modern writing about the man. As we canvass our vintage magazine collection, we will continue to scan and share old and new articles by and about Strother MacMinn.
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