By James Dray
Earle Steele was born in Highland Park, Illinois back in 1891. He graduated from the University of Illinois. During World War I he served in the Armed Forces attaining the rank of captain. After the war he worked for the Chalmers Motor Company and the Liberty Motor Car company in the early 1920’s.In 1934, he joined General Motor becoming the chief design engineer of the Chevrolet division in 1935. He was the chief engineer of the Chevrolet Cadet project, when the project was canceled in 1947 he left General Motors and joined the Ford Motor Company later that year. His job was to provide a suspension design for the 1949 Ford Vedette. In 1950, his suspension was on the Fords Zephyr and Consul, the first vehicles in mass production using his suspension system. In 1952, he became ch...