The Designer's Story: Albrecht Goertz
Mr. Albrecht von Goertz was born on January 12, 1914 in Brunkensen in Lower Saxony to a German Aristocrat Father and Jewish Mother, spending his youth at the family estate in northwestern Germany.
He first worked as a bank clerk in Germany, but as Hitler ascended to power in pre-war Germany Goertz decided to leave for London, remaining only briefly and in 1936 emigrating to the United States. He eventually settled in Los Angeles and in 1938 opened a shop, where he specialized in modifying Model A and B Fords. It was in that shop that Goertz created his ‘Paragon’ coupe, a handmade concept car which was presented at the World Exhibition in New York the following year.
In 1940, he closed up shop to join the U.S. Army and five years later he returned and drove the Paragon to New York, where a chance encounter at the Waldorf-Astoria parking lot changed everything. Goertz, driving the Paragon had gotten out to inspect the car in front of him. Likewise, the passenger of that car noticed the Paragon and had gotten out to have a look. Raymond Loewy, was the man in the other car who then met with Goertz and ultimately got him a job at the Studebaker design studio.