Harley Earl was General Motor’s first Chief of Design and is best known for conceiving the Chevrolet Corvette, introducing the use of tail fins on cars, and creating the automotive industry’s first concept car, the Buick Y-Job. This cool car with the funny and unfortunate name, first introduced in 1938, was a dynamic and unique-looking vehicle that provided a platform to test design ideas and also fulfill marketing goals for Buick.
Earl’s creativity and innovation included features rarely seen before such as hidden headlamps, wrap-around bumpers, flush door handles, and electric windows. The Y-Job presaged several design cues that would eventually be seen in various Buick models into the 1950s.
The one-of-a-kind concept was driven by Earl until 1951 and is now in the GM Design Center. But a fairly accurate replica and tribute to the Y-Job can be yours today. It is built on a Corvette chassis and includes disc brakes and a fuel-injected Buick 455. With modern amenities such as air conditioning, power steering, and power seats combined with the retro futuristic styling of yesteryear, you can have the best of both worlds and know you are likely driving the only Y-Job tribute in your neighborhood…and a state or three over. It is currently listed for sale at Exotic Classics.
Engine: 455 CI
Mileage: 66,510 miles
Price: call for price
1938 BUICK CUSTOM Y-Job TRIBUTE CAR
In 1938, Harley J. Earl, General Motors first Chief of Design, directed the construction of the very first Dream Car, a concept car that was created to test new ideas in automotive styling. This car, known as the Y-Job made the rounds of the auto show circuit and then was driven regularly by Earl on the streets of Detroit, where it attracted a great deal of attention. Ideas tested on the Y-Job found their way into later GM production cars, and the original Y-Job now is an honored member of GM’s Heritage Collection at the GM Design Center in Warren, Michigan. Our Y-Job Tribute Car is an amazing example of the modern American custom-builder”s skill.
The car faithfully reproduces the styling and many of the features of the Y-Job including the boat tail, hidden headlights, hideaway top, and the unique chrome strakes that trim all four fenders. The car is built on a Corvette chassis with disc brakes and is powered by a fuel-injected Buick 455 CI engine with an automatic transmission, power steering, brakes, windows, seats, and air-conditioning. The dashboard is hand-crafted and all the workmanship is first class. The car is in excellent condition and would be welcome at both custom and classic car shows.