The solution was to remove the “dip” altogether from the sedans and wagon, but leave it as a special styling motif on the two door hardtop coupe, albeit shift it further to the rear of the car. Then, in early 1953, it came time for the proposed car, sedan and coupe, to be approved by GM’s President, Harlow H. (Red) Curtis. Here’s what happened at that approval meeting, as reported in Time magazine of November 1st, 1954. Inside the magazine was a comprehensive story explaining how the car had been approved for production. A billion dollar change Time called it. The article captured the moment perfectly. Here’s what was written. Back in early 1953 a trim, lean man with the suave good looks of an ambassador and the cheery smile of a salesman strode into a large, cluttered Detroit studio. Around the room were barrels of clay and modelling tools; on the walls were blueprints of cars yet to be born. Only a handful of people were allowed in the room; few even knew of its location. On a platform in the centre stood the reason for the tight security. There for inspection by Red Curtice, was the most secret product Above: An early clay model has a split winds version. Side trim is simple and dips down in Below: Outline drawing compares 1955 Che 16