Last week I mentioned that cut-off tails in motorcar styling became all the rage in the 60’s, with Aston Martin and the Bob-tailed Cooper Monaco being reminders. This was for aerodynamic improvements. I wanted to know who was the first to do this? I didn’t want the car, I wanted the designer. (And it isn’t the first one you think of either!) The answer to this was quite interesting. The first designer to patent the cut off tail was Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld, but political pressure was brought to bear on him to relinquish his patent to Wunibald Kamm, so the Kamm tails should actually be Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld tails!
So to this week. What did these three people have in common, in automobiles? Desmond Llewelyn, “Q” in the James Bond movies, Harry Chapin, singer and James Dean actor.