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Friday, December 27, 2019

A beauty look of Buick Wildcat Concept series

As we've all knew, Buick has used the name "Wildcat" for its five concept vehicles, three cars made in the early 1950s, one in 1985 and another in 1997.
The most exciting classic cars ever built, 1954 Buick Wildcat II concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QoTi6O)
The Buick Wildcat series are the vehicle series with futuristic concepts and designs and innovative new technology made by Buick.

The 1953 Wildcat I, 1954 Wildcat II and 1955 Wildcat III were all designed under Harley Earl's leadership. As info, Harley Earl was the most famous American auto designer and the GM's Head of Design as well.

1. 1953 Buick Wildcat I
The 1953 Buick Wildcat I built primarily to test the use of fiberglass in automobile bodybuilding, and the front wheel hubs remained stationary as the wheels spun. The body was finished in white with green leather interior and green nylon carpeting. 
1953 Buick Wildcat I concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2skIGhq)
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.

2. 1954 Buick Wildcat II
In 1954, the company made a smaller, sportier, two-passenger under the name of Wildcat II was present as well as a more radical design with an open front fender and exposing the entire front wheel well and part of the front-end suspension (which was chrome-plated).
1954 Buick Wildcat II concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EUJwEk)
This Wildcat concept car featured Buick’s traditional portholes, but these were larger and placed on the top of the fender instead of the sides. The car built of fiberglass and mounted on a 100-inch wheelbase and used a standard Buick V-8 engine equipped with four carburetors that boost its horsepower output to 220.

3. 1955 Buick Wildcat III
The Wildcat III was born in 1955, which had a long open front fender. It said that the Wildcat III was constructed with a fiberglass body mounted on a shortened Buick chassis with a 110-inch wheelbase. It used the 322 CID Nailhead V8 was souped up to 280 hp with a four-carburetor intake setup, while the Twin Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission boasted a sporty floor-mounted shift lever. 
1955 Buick Wildcat III concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZnNnTP)
At 190 inches overall, the Wildcat III was large for a sports car but rather petite for a Buick. Reportedly, designers referred to it as the “toy convertible.” The finish was a flamboyant lipstick color called Kimberly Red.

4. 1985 & 1997 Buick Wildcat
The 1985 Wildcat was a radical mid-engined, all-wheel-drive sports car with an exposed high-performance, double-overhead-cam V6 engine. The chassis was built of carbon-fiber and vinyl-ester resin and the body featured a 'lift-up' canopy for entry and exit. This futuristic vehicle is still owned by Buick until today.
1985 Buick Wildcat concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SsIgjC)
The high-tech interior was a real gem, featuring a screen in the center console displaying info such as g-force, torque, oil pressure, and even a compass. The spoke-less steering wheel is also a sight to behold, as is the fancy head-up display showing the gear selection, mileage, and speed on the massive glass-made canopy.
Later Buick made another Wildcat concept car. This car had carbon fiber instead of woodgrain trim inside and black chrome outside and its 3.8-liter V6 engine was modified by McLaren and actually used for a series of engineering tests, but the Wildcat did not make it as a production model. It followed three other namesake concepts (from 1953, 1954, 1955) and it was succeeded in 1997 by the Riviera Wildcat. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | MACSMOTORCITYGARAGE | MOTOR1 | AUTOCAR]
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