1938 Buick Y-Job

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Photo courtesy of General Motors.
Harley Earl at the wheel of the Y-Job. Photo courtesy of General Motors.
Harley Earl with the Y-Job next to the 1954 GM Firebird I, the 1958 GM Firebird III and the 1951 GM LeSabre inside the viewing courtyard of the Technical Center's famous Design Center. Photo courtesy of General Motors.
Photo courtesy of General Motors.

1938 Buick Concept Car. Also known as the Fireball, the Y-Job was the industry’s first Concept Car. It was built upon a standard Buick chassis, but had a long, low, streamlined custom body, hand-built by Harley Earl’s craftsmen. The Y-Job featured numerous innovations, including hidden headlamps, power windows and convertible roof, and air-cooled, airplane-type brakes. Not content merely to exhibit it, Earl actually used the Y-Job as his personal car for years.


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