|The 1938 Buick Y-Job was the Industry's First "Concept Car"|
Special it was. All of the existing Buick concept cars were arranged in a circle in the center of the show field. No ropes, no guards- easy to walk up to and admire. The circle included the 1938 Buick Y-Job, the 1951 GM Le Sabre, the 1951 XP-300, the 1953 Wildcat and the 1954 Wildcat II, the 1956 Centurion, Bill Mitchell's Silver Arrow of 1963, and modern concepts- Lucerne of 1988, Essence of 1989, the 1990 Bolero and the 1991 Sceptre. In addition, several custom bodied one-off Buicks were on the field as well.
We recently came upon our photos from the event and will be sharing them over the next couple of weeks. It was a great day for Buick fans!
|The 1951 GM Le Sabre was Harley Earl's personal transport. It gave its name to a Buick model in 1959.|
|The 1951 Buick XP-300 featured a V-8 engine and a fully automatic top with a rain sensor.|
|The 1953 Buick Wildcat closely predicted the styling of the 1955 Buick line.|
|The Buick Wildcat II was built for the 1953 Motorama.|
|Chuck Jordan created the Centurion for the 1956 Motorama. It is packed with innovations, including a glass roof and rear view camera.|
|Bill Mitchell's Silver Arrow was created for his personal use. A rolling laboratory, it underwent many updates and revisions.|
|The 1989 Essence predicted the styling of the 1991 park Avenue. The Lucerne in the background was the forerunner of the 1995 Riviera.|
|The 1991 Sceptre donated some styling cues to the 1997 Regal. The Bolero concept car to the right predicted the 1992 Skylark.|