1938 Buick Y-Job
The creation of the industry’s first concept car was the work of Harley Earl and his organization now known as GM Design. Built on a 1937 Buick chassis, Earl sought to combine his vision of the automobile with new technologies and features to create a benchmark for future designs. Features like hidden headlights, flush door handles, a convertible top concealed by a metal deck and electrically operated windows all found their way into production cars. In 1939 the press reported the Y-Job was more than a concept car, it was the “Car of the Future”.
Information and images courtesy of the GM Heritage Center.