Harley Earl was born in a different era and at a different time. The date was 1893 and the location was Los Angeles, in an area to become known as Hollywood. It was a time of much promise for anyone young. Harley was born into a family of horse-drawn carriage makers whose business eventually evolved into building automobile bodies. Back then there were few car stylists who worked at the major automobile firms and custom bodies were primarily manufactured by independent firms such as Briggs, Fleetwood and others. Among these were dozens of small custom shops, such as the Earl Automotive Works in Los Angeles, Ca.
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