Monday, July 9, 2012

Circle of Buick Dreams

The 1938 Buick Y-Job was the Industry's First "Concept Car"
 Buick celebrated it's 90th Anniversary in 1993 with a presence at major Classic Car Shows. There was a very special Anniversary Celebration at the Eyes On The Classics, held at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe, MI. Buick dealers from all over the country were invited and promised a very special display.

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. 

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