The Nth of Cool Pt. 2

My new client was an odd duck. He was from Staten Island and while he wasn’t exactly a wiseguy per se, he wasn’t totally kosher either. In any event he explained to me that he owned a 1954 Buick Skylark, a production car that took a number of styling cues from the the 1954 Buick concept car, the Wildcat II. He commissioned me to do a rendition of it for him.

I was excited by the prospect. This car wasn’t one of my personal favorites from that period but there were plenty of cool things going on with it to make it an interesting project.

1954 Buick Wildcat II

Unfortunately since it was a lesser vehicle from the GM pantheon of that time there weren’t many pictures of it available. (This was the early ‘90’s-before the Internet made finding reference material so easy).

I did some research and found out that the car was on display at the Buick headquarters in Flint Michigan. I decided to make the drive to see the car in person. I had cultivated a contact at Buick and got permission ahead of time to examine and photograph the car.

When I got to the Buick building lobby I was stunned to discover that there were about a dozen Buick dream cars on display, from the fifties up through the early ‘80’s. I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven. First I set about measuring and photographing the Wildcat II. My contact in the company had told the security people what I was going to be doing so I had total access to the car. One thing I noticed as I was taking shots of the cockpit was a very cool logo between the seats. I reached in with a pencil and paper and made a rubbing.

After I was done with the Wildcat I started looking at some of the other cars on display. These were cars I had spent hours drooling over in my copy of the ‘Dream Cars’ book. And now here they were right before my very eyes! I took tons of pictures of the XP-300 from 1951 (sister car to the Lesabre) and also the 1956 Buick Centurion, another wild creation from the GM styling studios. These were two of my favorites and I hoped to sculpt them at some point.

1951 Buick XP-300 Dream Car

1956 Buick Centurion Dream Car


One Response to “The Nth of Cool Pt. 2”

  1. Mike Taylor Says:

    Wow… Great stuff !! Cars that “could have been” … Perhaps even
    SHOULD have been available to the buying public to enjoy on a limited, very special edition basis. That would have been soooo cool. I know there are some very skilled and talented shops today that could do a first class, jaw dropping build on one of these. The costs would be easily touching seven figures (beyond My budget)…
    Oh we’ll… Fun to appreciate.

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