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.
Price Never sold
Engine 320-cubic-inch straight eight
Horsepower 141 at 3,600 rpm
Wheelbase 122 inches
Passenger capacity 2
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