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Buick Wildcat I

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The Buick Wildcat I was a concept car designed and built in 1953.

It was built primarily to test the use of fiberglass in automobile bodybuilding. The car was designed under Harley Earl’s leadership and built for the 1953 GM Motorama.

Fenderports (used for cooling) were placed on top of the fenders rather than on the sides. The one-piece windshield was a wraparound type with a 60-degree slope to the rear. When the top was down it recessed into the body of the car with a special panel covering it (eliminating the use of a boot).

Its main attraction was the low, two-seater body style with a one-piece wraparound windshield slopped 60-degrees to the rear. When the top was down it recessed into the body of the car with a special body panel covering it eliminating the use of a boot. Hydraulics was used to operate the top, windows and seats. Foot controls operated the radio and the styling of the grille and front bumper inspired later production models.

The body was finished in white with green leather interior and green nylon carpeting. There were hood scoops around the hood ornament and portholes that ran along the tops of the front fenders.

The car was powered by a 188-horsepower version of the new V8 engine and used the new Twin Turbine Dynaflow transmission. An interesting feature was its Roto-Static front wheel discs with built-in air scoops. The discs remained stationary while the wheels revolved around them.

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