Buick Y-Job

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Buick Y-Job
Buick Y.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Buick (General Motors)
Model years 1940
Designer Harley J. Earl
Body and chassis
Class Concept car
Body style 2-door coupe
Powertrain
Engine 5.2-liter (320 ci) Buick straight-8
Dimensions
Wheelbase 126 in (3,200 mm) [1]
Length 208.7 in (5,301 mm) [2]
1950 Buick convertible, using styling cues from the Buick Y-Job

The Buick Y-Job was the auto industry's first concept car, produced by Buick in 1938.[3] Designed by Harley J. Earl, the car had power-operated hidden headlamps, a "gunsight" hood ornament, electric windows,[4] wraparound bumpers, flush door handles, and prefigured styling cues used by Buick until the 1950s and the vertical waterfall grille design still used by Buick today. It used a Buick Super chassis, indicated by the word "Super" located above the rear license plate.

The car itself was actually driven for a number of years by Harley Earl, until he replaced it with a 1951 model car. Sometime after that, the car was restored at the Henry Ford Museum, until 1993 when it was returned to the GM Design Center.[5]

The "Y" in the name has two explanations:

  • All experimental cars were called "X", so Earl simply went to the next letter in the alphabet.[6]
  • The "Y" designation was selected by Earl because it was used extensively in the aviation industry denoting the most advanced prototypes.[4]

In 2001, Buick recreated the Y-job with modern advancements called the Buick Blackhawk drawing extensively from the Y-job.

Buick Y-Job, the first concept car
Front view 
Rear view 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1938 Buick Y-Job Concept Images, Information and History (YJob, Dream Car, First Concept Car)". Conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Buick Y-Job Concept". Supercars.net. 2004-03-01. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Inside Line: News, Road Tests, Auto Shows, Car Photos and Videos". Edmunds.com. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  4. ^ a b Concept Cars by Larry Edsall pp19 Edizione White Star ISBN 978-88-8095-956-4
  5. ^ "1938 Buick Y-Job Concept Images, Information and History (YJob, Dream Car, First Concept Car)". Conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  6. ^ "1938 Buick Y-Job and Harley Earl-GM PhotoStore". Gmphotostore.com. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 

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