Danny Whitfield art bearing the signatures of Chrysler’s former Dream Team: Bob Lutz – Thomas Gale – Francios Casting
Artist proofs of Danny’s concept Dodge Viper and the production Dodge Viper painting introduced at the 1993 Detroit Auto show.These are actual signatures of Chrysler former “Dream team”. This took place at the 1993 Detroit north American auto show! What your looking at are artist proofs of the Dodge Viper painting still in the artist possession! Danny was invited as a guest to sit with the top brass at Chrysler’s Auto exhibit.The three signatures are: Bob Lutz, (former Chrysler president), Thomas Gale (former head of Design) and Francios Casting, (Former chief engineer).They were known as “Chrysler’s mighty Dream Team” of the 90’s until Mercedes-Benz manufacturer Daimler-Benz of Stuttgart, Germany merged with them in 1998. A prize anyone who love the Dodge Viper sports car!
Robert Lutz, Bob Lutz was CEO of Exide Technologies and head of Chrysler Corporation’s Global Product Development, including the very successful Dodge Viper and LH series cars. Lutz was also an Executive Vice President at Ford Motor Company, where he led the creation of the Ford Sierra, initiated development of the original Ford Explorer, and a Member of Ford’s Board of Directors. He was a frequent internal political rival of eventual Ford CEO Red Poling. Prior to working at Ford he served as Executive Vice President of sales at BMW for three years, and he takes some credit in the development of the BMW 3-Series. He joined BMW after eight years with GM in Europe. While at General Motors, Lutz championed the import of the Holden Monaro to the United States as the Pontiac GTO. Other cars such as the Cadillac Sixteen Concept; Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice; Pontiac G8; Chevrolet Malibu; Cadillac CTS; Buick Enclave; Cadillac Converj Concept; Cadillac CTS Coupe Concept; Chevrolet Camaro; Chevy Beat, Groove and Trax Concept Studies; and 2010 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Equinox, and Cadillac SRX are said to be Lutz initiatives. Lutz has also emphasized a need to produce fuel efficient vehicles, backing the 2010 Chevrolet Voltt which is estimated to gain up to 100 mpg.
Tom Gale is an automobile designer from the USA, best known for his work with the Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth marques. He was most associated with the Chrylser LH series cars which introduced the cab forward design into large sedans, and the sports cars, the 1991 Dodge Stealth, the 1992 Dodge Viper, and the 2001 Plymouth Prowler. Gale and his design partners Trevor Creed and John Herlitz were instrumental with breakthrough designs that rescued Chrysler twice from the brink of bankruptcy.
Phil Hill, Francois Castaing, Carroll Shelby.
The Dodge Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The iconic AC Cobra was a source of inspiration, and the final version of the Viper bears this out with its powerful engine, minimalist straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performances. The Viper was initially conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler’s Advanced Design Studios. The following February, Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested to Tom Gale at Chrysler Design that the company should consider producing a modern Cobra, and a clay model was presented to Lutz a few months later. Produced in sheet metal by Metalworkers,the car appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989. Public reaction was so enthusiastic, that chief engineer Roy Sjoberg was directed to develop it as a standard production vehicle. Sjoberg selected 85 engineers to be the “Team Viper,” with development beginning in March 1989. The team asked the then-Chrysler subsidiary Lamborghini to cast some prototype aluminum blocks based on Dodge’s V10 truck engine for sports car use in May. The production body was completed in the fall, with a chassis prototype running in December. Though a V8 was first used in the test mule, the V10, which the production car was meant to use, was ready in February 1990.