Dick Teagueís Explanation of
Richard A. Teague, Vice President of
Automotive Styling, American Motors Corporation, CAR LIFE, March 1965
Published in Fish Tales Vol 9 No 2, June 2008
shows a bubble-type back light. The reason this particular design approach was
discarded was that you lose a lot of fastback feel when you cut out the entire
rear of the car and replace sheet metal with glass. We didnít get the effect we
were after on the Marlin.
B shows a slightly shorter version of the roof we
ultimately used on the Marlin. It is more of a semi or half-fastback, along the
line of one of our competitors. I think all designers wind up with many similar
sketches as an automatic evolution of what they think is coming in car design.
This is an interesting example because we had no knowledge of what the
competitor was doing when this sketch was done.
SKETCH C, we took the side
glass and made a fence molding that kicked up, as we refer to it, just aft of
the door opening. The rear of the car is pretty much the way Marlin emerged,
except for some air exhaust outlets beneath the back light. We were able to get
flow-through ventilation by cracking the window
a little, rather than taking on the rather complex problem of ducting the
louvers and weather seal problems. So the louvered air exhaust outlets were
D is a radical approach to a fastback with the outer
fender elements detached from the main body. This gives a rather unusual look,
incorporating very large V tail lights. We discarded this sketch because we
felt there would be some major bumper problems, and it was a little too radical
for our particular marketing approach.
SKETCH E is a shorter version
of a fastback. We did quite a number of sketches along this line. We modeled
one side of full-sized clay in this form against a full fastback and decided
against the modified version. We wound up with some of the feeling of this car
- the ornament on the rear deck lid and the back light.
SKETCH F is a very rough version of still another
semi-fastback. It was a simple flow pen sketch and had no influence in the
finished Marlin fastback.
SKETCH G is really a form of Sketch D with a more conventional
rear bumper. The delta-shaped plan was incorporated into it in an attempt to
modify the somewhat controversial shape of Sketch D. The tail lights did
influence the Marlin tail lights - that is the wrap-in and wrap-out tail light.
rather unusual rear styling motif in that it utilizes a rear panel running the
full width of the car is employed in SKETCH
H. This was discarded for many reasons. One was that it has round tail
lights which have been used practically since the beginning of the automobile.
SKETCH I was made during initial development of the Tarpon. It
utilized the K-type pillar, or a swept back and up
line on the side glass opening. This had just a touch of wrap-over glass,
although it didnít come down to the belt line as does the bubble--type back
light of one of our competitors.
SKETCH J is one of the first sketches that touched off the
Marlin approach on the 122-in, wheelbase. It was done by Vince Geraci, manager of the Classic-Ambassador studio, and
showed what we could do by utilizing the all-new 1965 Classic hardtop from the
belt line down.