It all starts with an idea on the designers table—a series of lines and shapes laid to paper that come together to create a vision of the future.
The 1938 Buick Y-Job Concept has long been considered the vehicle that most influenced the design of American cars in the 1950s, and due to that accomplishment, the Y-Job will become the 14th automobile named to the National Historic Register.
The Buick Y-Job, which holds the status of the automotive industry’s first-ever concept car, has been added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
At a reception last week, the Historic Vehicle Association staged the formal opening of its National Automotive Heritage Laboratory, a facility designed for doing laser scanning and measurement and archival photography of entire automobiles, as well as providing library research space, all in support of documenting the most significant automobiles in American history for future generations.
Two years ago, the Shelby Daytona became the first inductee in the National Historic Vehicle Register. The 14th car to get the same treatment is the Buick Y-Job, the first-ever concept car.
General Motors’ styling department, led by design legend Harley Earl, was tasked in the late 1930s with imagining the car of tomorrow. That car, known internally as the Buick“Y-Job,” predicted the design trends of the 1950s and beyond, and is regarded by many as the first American concept car.
The Buick Y-Job, one of the most influential concept cars of all time, became the 14th car to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register today.
Concept cars draw attention both for their cool potential and, after time, their impact on contemporary design. Buick’s Y-Job, a “Car of the Future” developed by General Motors’ Style Section and Buick engineers in the late 1930s and announced in 1940, was one such effort.