Harley Earl, responsible for the creation of automotive design as we know it, left a lasting mark on the world. His mark was also something passed onto his son, Jerome Earl, who sadly passed away at the age of 86 while in hospice on October 2, 2016, according to The Detroit Free Press.
Earl, born in 1930, was surrounded by automotive culture his entire life, as his father transformed General Motors and created the art and color department. Earl recalled his father bringing home countless automotive experiments, in which he commented, “my favorite car then was any car with the keys in it.”
Jerome, or Jerry to those he was close with, became an avid racer in his earlier years and purchased a Ferrari. Harley Earl was not happy, to say the least, stating he wouldn’t have his son in any other brand. This ultimately led to the creation of the SR-2 Corvette, a unique racer.
Jerome Earl is survived by four children, all residing in Palm Beach county.