Richard Arthur Teague  December 26, — May 5, was an American industrial designer in the North American automotive industry. Teague's mother worked in the motion picture industry during the silent movie era. He lost several teeth, suffered a broken jaw, as well as sight in his right eye leaving him without depth perception or stereoscopic vision , while his mother was left an invalid. While attending grade school in Los Angeles during the s, Teague built model airplanes before turning to hot rods , since his schoolmates included Ed Iskendarian who became a drag racer , and land speed racer Stuart Hilborn , as well as other car enthusiasts. Teague was exempt from service in the armed forces during World War II because of his visual impairment. In he joined the General Motors design studios  headed by Edmund Anderson.
Richard Teague’s Street Car became a Dream Car
Richard Teague's styling helped to kill American Motors - Indie Auto
Indeed, the cars developed under his tenure as head of design went a long ways toward killing the independent automaker. I would imagine that these are fighting words for fans of Teague — particularly if they knew or worked with him. Although top management was ultimately responsible for mistakes such as the Javelin, Matador coupe and Pacer, these and other cars from that period suggest that styling had become the tail that wagged the corporate dog. Unfortunately, top management listened to him. That proved to be the biggest mistake of all go here for further discussion.
Dick Teague's humor hasn't always been appreciated at American Motors Corp. He riled the brass at a new-model preview in the '70s, for example, by suggesting a Marlin deck lid as a booby prize. But for Richard A. Teague, winding up 21 years this month as AMC vice president-styling -- a record tenure for a design-veep in Detroit -- such shenanigans were part of the fun.
Some would argue that all true artists give outward form to internal issues. Except this is to trivialise the work of one of the most consistently resourceful automotive designers of the past five decades; one who could rustle up a new model armed with little more than a vivid imagination and access to a parts bin. Often on the back foot, and starved of finance, he knew how to make a little go a long way. In a life pockmarked with incident, Teague overcame numerous obstacles to style some of the most easily recognizable cars ever to emerge from North America — or indeed anywhere else, for that matter. However, his name languishes in a netherworld between fuzzy appreciation and absolute obscurity, at least beyond the design community.