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Photo Gallery: 1938 Buick Y-Job Concept

A photo essay of the 1938 Buick Y-Job Concept and promotional video

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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”.The GM Heritage Center

1938 Buick Y-Job Concept
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept (Image courtesy of Chevrolet)
 1938 Buick Y-Job Concept
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept (Image courtesy of Chevrolet)
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept (Image courtesy of Chevrolet)
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept interior
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept’s interior (Image courtesy of GM Heritage Center)
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept's 320cid straight-eight engine
1938 Buick Y-Job Concept’s 320cid straight-eight engine (Image courtesy of GM Heritage Center)

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David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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