Buick Y-Job

Buick Y-Job

HAER Number

MI-417

Location

General Motors Design Center, Warren, MI

Date(s) of Construction

ca 1938

Original Owner and Use

General Motors, show car

Present Owner and Use

General Motors, occasional display and exhibition

Designer / Engineer / Builder

GM styling department, General Motors

Significance

The Buick Y-Job is significant based on all four of the Criteria for Historic Significance. It is associated with both important events and important persons. The “Y-Job” is one of the first concept vehicles built by General Motors under the direction of their first design chief, Harley Earl. The Y-Job set the tone for General Motors designs for the decade following its construction. It provides significant informational value for researchers studying the rise of General Motors and their revolutionary design department.

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