1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car: Traces of the Chevy Corvette
It had a 100 inch wheelbase, weighed around 3700 lbs.,a two seater with 220 hp V8 engine. parts of the rear side of the body shows a strong influence from the Chevrolet Corvette. It was like a Corvette sister, yet this would never be in high production and only a few exist today. It was low, a mere 40 in. in height and had swivel headlights. Some sources indicate that the car was in limited production with over 500,000 made, Like the Corvette of that year, the Wildcat II, had a fiberglass body and wire wheels.
Since Buick and Chevrolet both were part of GM, perhaps, Buick decided that having two similar cars in specifications and performance would be too much for the public and neither would be successful. Once the limited production ended, this cool sport car was seldom seen. The Corvette in now legendary.
- Corvair Concept Cars
1962 Monza SS 1962 Super Spyder 1963 GT There are many theories today about why the Chevrolet Corvair, America's first and only air-cooled rear engine car, died in 1969. Many blame Ralph Nader and his book released in 1965, others attribute it to...
- The Jet Age Car: 1959 Cadillac Cyclone
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- The 1956 Buick Centurion Concept Car
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