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  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • General Motors School of Automotive Design
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But the two things that caught ..., 1 Jan 2012 [cached]
But the two things that caught my eye were the loss of Carroll Shelby in May and Joe Oros in August.
Joe Oros was the Chief Designer of the Ford Thunderbird, which was also Motor Trend's Car of the Year. Oros did such a great job with the T-Bird, he was designated as the Chief Stylist for Ford's newest project... the Mustang.
In August, Oros died at the age of 96. Shortly before his death, when he was being driven around town, he could be seen "eye-balling" Mustangs. Rumor has it every time he saw a Mustang, he wanted to inspect it for flaws.
Oros was heard at the age of 92 saying "It makes me feel proud every time I see one... After all of these years, Mustang has never lost its luster."
Don Frey, Joe Oros, and Gale ... [cached]
Don Frey, Joe Oros, and Gale Halderman - 2
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3. Joe Oros: Ford Studio Design Chief
Joe Oros is credited with creating the initial clay model for the 1964½ Mustang. His striking design is said to have been the creative force that won over decision-makers at Ford, thus securing the internal green light to move forward with the Mustang project. Oros, who was a Ford Division Design Chief, received an Industrial Design Institute award for his work on the original Mustang.
Oros was also in charge of the Ford Studio that had won the open styling competition for the Mustang. His concept, called the Cougar, featured a wide stance, long hood, short rear deck and side sculpting that went on to become a Mustang trademark. More importantly, his design was a key ingredient in the overwhelming success in the market that is now central to Mustang lore. The Mustang was the first automobile to win the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design. The inscription read, “Mustang has the look, the fire and flavor of one of the great European road cars. Yet it is as American as its name and as practical as its price.�
From clay to production model, Oros noted that in his career, no car had ever been so little changed from original design to production. He was also adamant that the production car be called Cougar, which had been the codename for the car during development.
With direction from Ford Studio Chief Joe Oros, Halderman sketched six different ideas for the new sports car concept.
The next day, Oros selected Halderman’s out of the two-dozen designs that were submitted.
The Birth of the 1970 Ford Fairlane/Torino, 11 Nov 2006 [cached]
This particular Tuesday, my boss came over immediately after lunch, and said that Joe Oros, director of Ford exterior studio, wanted to go over all the design items for that Friday. Since my boss had not given the Falcon ornament job out, I got it. With 2 hours to make some type of design--anything for the initial discussion was okay, just so long as it had lots of pizzazz--I simply took this Oreo cookie I had not eaten, slid it apart, and then sprayed the heck out of it with silver and flat black Krylon. This was then dabbed with Klennex to really get a chromed top look and the black to appear as "depth" of detail.
Joe Oros asked about the ornament as a passing comment, assuming it was all prepared. My boss piped in and also asked me where it was. I pointed to the driver side of the 2-door Falcon roof area. They walked over, and Joe just said, "That's the best ornament I've seen. How did you make it in three dimensions?"
Well, we talked several minutes, and then my boss asked the same question so he could get Joe away from me and out of the studio. I then simply went over to the car, took the ornament off, and slowly snapped it in half. Joe flipped and did a double take at both me and my boss. Then he said, "Make another one and we show it, but for approval, not for direction. Smiling, Joe walked out. My boss was astonished and was taken aback by my solution to the problem.
I tell about this incident for several reasons. The most important in that back in those styling days anything went, so long as it could be built and looked different. Only one man had the say on what went on a car, any car, from a Falcon to a Ford Thunderbird, and that man was Joe Oros.
A Biography sketch of Joe ..., 28 June 2006 [cached]
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A Biography sketch of Joe Oros
Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:04 pm Post subject: A Biography sketch of Joe Oros
A Biography sketch of Joe Oros
Joseph E. Oros (born 1917 in Cleveland, OH)[1] was an automobile stylist for Ford Motor Company over a period of 21 years[2] - known as the Chief Designer of the team at Ford that styled the original Mustang,[3] and for his contributions to the 1955 Ford Thunderbird.[4]
Oros was born to non-English speaking Romanian parents. He was moved up a grade from 3rd to 5th because of his fantastic art work even though his math and science skills were questionable.[citation needed]
The Mustang prototype had been a two-seat, mid-mounted engine roadster, later remodeled as a four-seat car styled under the direction of Project Design Chief Joe Oros and his team of L. David Ash, Gale Halderman, and John Foster[11] - in Ford's Lincoln-Mercury Division design studios, which produced the winning design in an intramural design contest instigated by Iacocca.
Having set the design standards for the Mustang,[12] Oros said:
" I told the team that I wanted the car to appeal to women, but I wanted men to desire it, too," he said. "I wanted a Ferrari-like front end, the motif centered on the front - something heavy-looking like a Maseratti, but, please, not a trident - and I wanted air intakes on the side to cool the rear brakes. I said it should be as sporty as possible and look like it was related to European design.[12] "
Retelling the story of designing the car, Oros said:
In 2009, at the celebration of the Mustang's 45th anniversary (see pictures of "Ford Mustang) of, Oros, then 92, said:
Upon his retirement in 1975, Joe Oros and his devoted wife, the late Betty Oros moved to Santa Barbara, California, became very active in the Romanian-American community in Southern California, serving for a few years (1988-1991) as the chairman of the New Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church and Cultural center in Los Angeles.[13][14]
Joe Oros graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in Industrial Design in 1939, and was working in the Caddilac Studio at General Motors.
Betty and Joe enjoyed their 60th year of a very happy marriage this past February.
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Joe Oros, Ford Mustang Project Design Chief, said it best about the Mustang; ?I told the team that I wanted the car to appeal to women, but I wanted men to desire it, too.
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