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Fund the Getaway


  • Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90036 United States (map)

Join the Petersen Automotive Museum in restoring our 1969 Corwin Getaway. The Corwin was built in Los Angeles by African-American Cliff Hall and named after the primary financial backer of the project, Beverly Hills businessman Louis Corwin. Tiny by 1960s domestic standards, the Corwin represents a significant early effort to develop a mid-engine automobile that could provide residents a nimble vehicle that was small enough to maneuver easily in traffic.

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History of the Corwin

The Corwin was built in Los Angeles by African-American Cliff Hall and named after the primary financial backer of the project, Beverly Hills businessman Louis Corwin. Tiny by 1960s domestic standards, the Corwin represents a significant early effort to develop a small, mid-engine automobile that could provide Southern California residents a nimble vehicle that was small enough to maneuver easily in traffic and offer employment opportunities for local residents whom the designer envisioned would build it. A lack of development resources prevented Hall from producing the car in quantity, and the Subaru four cylinder engine remained the only example ever made.

History of the Inventor

Born in 1925, Cliff Hall was a Los Angeles native by birth. ON return to California, Hall worked as a photographer for the Los Angeles Sentinel and began spending his free time drawing up designs for the Corwin. His original goal was to create a vehicle that younger generations viewed as unique inexpensive, and more practical than a motorcycle.

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Later Event: October 5
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