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.



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.


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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