The story goes that when Harlow Curtis took over as president of Buick in 1933, he told General Motors styling director Harley J. Earl to start designing Buicks as though he were making them for himself. The result was the Y-Job, Buick's first concept car. Why the "Y" designation? Because it was the next letter after "X" and "X" stood for "experimental," and the Buick concept car was designed to test ideas planned for market. The concept car had electric windows, a "hydro-electric" convertible top, hidden headlights, hidden door handles, a bombsight hood ornament and 13-inch tires that helped lower the car's profile. The "harp" grille would be copied in future GM cars for many years. The car was built on a Buick Century chassis and had a standard straight-eight engine. Earl used the Y-Job as his personal car for 10 years.

THE SPECS

Price Never sold

Engine 320-cubic-inch straight eight

Horsepower 141 at 3,600 rpm

Wheelbase 122 inches

Passenger capacity 2

HISTORICAL FACTS

Year 1938

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Median family income $1,231

Dow Jones industrial average (year-end) 154.76

Academy Award movie "You Can't Take It With You"

Milestone Ballpoint pen patented