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.

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The Art and Colour of GM from Hemmings Classic Car – Mark J McCourt

The Art and Colour of GM

I think that the future of General Motors will be measured by the attractiveness that we put in the bodies from the standpoint of luxury of appointment, the degree to which they please the eye, both in contour and in color scheme, also the degree to which we are able to make them different from competition.”

 

— Alfred P. Sloan Jr., in a letter to Fisher Body Corporation president William A. Fisher, September 1927

This article from Mark J McCourt at Hemmings Classic Cars tells the story of GM’s approach to the design and attractiveness of vehicles and was the complete antithesis of Henry Ford’s approach.

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