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.



History of the 1978 – 1989 Buick Turbo 3.8 V6 – Old Car Memories on YouTube

Interesting video on the history of the Buick Turbo 3.8 V6 of the late 70’s early 80’s. Very much ahead of its time. Buick nearly didn’t have the opportunity to leverage the engine having sold the engine to Kaiser to be used in the Jeep. Buick eventually realised its mistake and bought the V6 back. The turbo equipped unit had an output of 170hp in 1980. Watch the video to see the full story

1912 Buick Model 29 Touring, just like the one…

This article on Barn Finds took me back to the day my A was delivered.

The truck arrived and the A was sharing the load space with a lovely Buick much like the one featured in the article.

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One-off Buick Blackhawk show car has the spirit of the Buick Y Job

As you can see from my previous post on Harley Earl, and in particular the Y-Job concept, this article in Hemmings by Daniel Strohl caught my eye, it really does have the spirit pf the Y-Job

Buick Blackhawk

We Owe Modern Automotive Design To Harley J. Earl

I’m a great lover of the designs of Harley J Earl, having seen a number of the cars up close at the GM Heritage Centre I have even more respect for his work.These are some pictures that I took during my birthday visit

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There is a great article here from Rod Authority by Jake Headlee on Earl and his impact on automotive design.


Low Mileage 1965 Buick Riviera GS Survivor


The odometer of this 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport currently reads just 18,290 miles and the seller believes this is accurate and correct. There doesn’t seem to be any documentation to prove the mileage is correct, but the condition could help to verify it. When the seller found it, it had been parked in this garage since 1981.

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Low Mileage 1965 Buick Riviera GS Survivor.

Visit to the GM Heritage Centre (Center:))

My Wife arranged a birthday visit for me to the excellent GM Heritage Centre in Sterling Heights Michigan. a while back

The collection of vehicles at the centre is superb, some photos can be seen in the gallery.

All of the famous concept cars such as the Buick Y Job, Buick Le Sabre, Mako Shark, and the various Firebirds.

Most of the GM output of the last century across the various brands are well represented, in either restored or original form.

There is a great neon advertising display, along with a comprehensive engine and transmission displays.

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