ARBIB, Richard (1917-1995) attributed to
Designs for a Nash Metropolitan Station Wagon
[New York: 1956]. Pencil and pastel on paper, mildly soiled and creased. Image size (including text): 15 1/2 x 35 3/4 inches visible. Framed. 25 1/4 x 45 inches.
This drawing is attributed to Richard Arbib by a previous owner. There is a label on the back giving Arbib as the artist and the date of January 17, 1956. After working for Harley Earl in Detroit, Arbib opened his own studio in New York and ultimately developed designs for more than three hundred companies over the last 45 years of his career. This design for a Nash Metro station wagon was never developed, and Nash never pursued the idea of a compact station wagon. Arbib's drawing, which is unusually large, added some fins and sharp edges of the sort that American Motors generally seemed to resist, though they were among the defining characteristics of American car design for the next decade or so.