The Buick Y Job, The First Concept Car

A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit the limted access GM Heritage Collection in Sterling Heights Michigan as a Birthday present.

Trip post here

A recent edition of Jay Leno’s Garage featuring the Buick Y Job reminded of how lucky it was to have been up close to this ground breaking car.

The Buick Y-Job was the auto industry’s first concept car, produced by Buick in 1938. Designed by Harley J. Earl, the car had power-operated hidden headlamps, a “gunsight” hood ornament, electric windows, 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. (read the full article here at Wikipedia)

The Y Job is one of the few cars that I have on display at home.



84 Years Old and Still Driving His First Car – Jeff Holtz New York Times

Clarence Cleveland Curtiss, of Shelton, with his 1929 Ford Model A, which he bought in 1938.

84 Years Old and Still Driving His First Car

Read on here


Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 2

The story of Glenn Pray is very different from that of Harry Shay covered in Part 1.

Glenn Pray was a school teacher when he purchased the assets of the former Auburn Cord Deusenberg company back in 1960. Upon the winding up of E.L.Cord’s company back in 1938 the assets had been originally purchased by a Buick dealer from Flint Michigan named Dallas Winslow. Winslow has continued to offer parts and service from the original ACD building in Auburn. Upon purchase Pray moved lock stock and barrel to a former cannery in Broken Arrow Oklahoma and set up in business.

Pray gained a reputation as the foremost supplier of Auburn and Cord parts saving may valuable vehicles in the process, his cannery site becoming a must visit for all enthusiasts of the marques.

Starting in the 1960’s Glenn Pray also introduced what became the first well known replica cars, Pray preferred to call the cars “second generation” this endeavour was not a financial success.  The cars however have gained a cult following and have been recognised by the ACD club fittingly as “The Second Generation Cars”


Sadly Glenn Pray passed away in 2011


You can find a lot more from Chris Summers about ACD and Glenn Pray here

Glenn’s son Doug carried on the business and it was featured on the TV Show American Pickers


You can hear an interview with Doug on Mark Greene’s excellent “Cars Yeah” podcast here

If you ever get a chance to visit the ACD museum grab it with both hands, I visited a few years ago and it’s a wonderful place!

Visit to the ACD 



1938 Lincoln Zephyr Barn Garage Find Rare on eBay

1938 Lincoln Zephyr Barn Garage Find Rare NO RESERVE

1938 Lincoln Zephyr Barn Garage Find Rare NO RESERVE

My heart says buy it, my brain and the post Brexit £ to $ exchange rate says no sadly 😦

Lovely vehicle, take a look here


Dream Cars – The Phantom Corsair

My favourite all time car is the Buick Y Job designed by Harley Earl in 1938, a close second comes the Cord 810/812. However I’m reconsidering after looking into the Phantom Corsair designed by Rust Heinz of the H.J. Heinz family also back in 1938.

The Phantom Corsair Rust Heinz

The Phantom Corsair

Considering the year of design and manufacture this is an amazing vehicle and a real shame it didn’t make production