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The 1956 Buick Centurion Concept Car

Updated on March 21, 2012

Concept cars still happen today at any auto show, it is a way to see how the public reacts to a style. If its really hot, the car make become a production model. This is how the Chevrolet Corvette started and became a valued production car.

The 1956 Buick Centurion was one that almost was production. It was cool looking with large fins akin to those on the 59 Chevrolets, its roof was transparent, but its the most outstanding design feature was the TV camera mounted in the rear, which relayed a picture to a screen on the dashboard to replace the rear view mirror! To switch gears, a dial in the center of the steering wheel controlled the gear selections for the transmission. The car also had recessed headlights, uncommon for that time. When the doors were open, the front seats automatically moved forward.

The public's response was favorable at the auto shows.


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      Bruce Shilander 6 years ago from United States

      we like stories about vintage cars, thanks for the article!

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      perrya 6 years ago

      Also check out my 1959 Cadillac cyclone, and 1954 Buick Wildcat hubs

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      What classic, vintage pictures! I remember seeing the pointy thing from years ago, but I could never remember what I saw it on. I didn't realize this would be called a 'concept car,' and for that matter, I'm not sure I knew of that term before now.

      Thanks for an informative hub!

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      Gregory Hasman 6 years ago from Denton TX

      Part of it looks like the Studebaker Starliner Couple

      Did GM take the idea from them?