The hard edged upright design of the 1975-1979 Seville was called the Sheer Look and it began a design trend that was soon copied by car makers in the USA and elsewhere. The Sheer Look was the final expression of a career-long design vision championed by GM’s design boss, Bill Mitchell. C. Edson Armi, in his book Car Design in America, wrote that Mitchell “advocated a set of principles of car design based on a long hood, short deck, crisp folded edges and a lack of applied décor.” It was driven by Mitchell’s belief, Armi says, in “the everlasting virtues of crisp London tailoring.” The 1963 Buick Riviera, 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix ,1966 Oldsmobile Toronado/ Buick Riviera and the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado are high-end examples of Mitchell’s minimalist design preferences and search for a sheer look. The entire GM full sized range of 1965, especially the Chevrolet Impala and Pontiac Catalina four door hardtops, showcase his ability to inject this design philosophy across a broad canvas. According to David Holls and Michael Lamm, in their book A Century of American Car Styling, Mitchell said the Sheer Look referred to sharp- edged unbroken surfaces which looked like they’d “been sculptured with a single sweep of a huge knife.” Mitchell was not alone in having a minimalist point of view. Elwood Engel, Mitchell’s equivalent at Chrysler, and previously a designer at Ford, had a very similar opinion. His 1961 Lincoln Continental is as sheer as they come and his mid- sixties designs at Chrysler featured predominantly straight edged styling. Indeed, take a look at our own 1967 VE Valiant which was an Engel inspired design. Its flat panels, sharp edges and upright C pillar pre-date 23