Minichamps MIN107141330 1954 Buick Wildcat I Concept Car (1:18 Scale)
"The ultimate concept car will move so fast, even at rest, as to be invisible."
- J. G. Ballard
The 1953 Buick Wildcat I Concept Car was built for the 1953 General Motors Motorama and is one of Buick's first fiberglass cars. Innovations for the time include concave grill, 'buffer bombs' integrated with a massive wrap around front bumper. Also featuring 'Roto Static' front hub caps that remain stationary while the wheels spin. At the time of restoration only one hub cap remained, the second one was made from the top of a 'mini' Weber grill. On one of the rear fenders above the skirts are a row of 15 vertical slats. The tail is set off by large dual exhausts protruding through the fascia and integrated taillamps wrapping over the rear fender tops. An innovative feature is the 'Roto Static' front wheel hub camps whose weighted centers remain stationary as the wheels turn around them.
When the original Wildcat Motorama Car was succeeded by the smaller and sportier (Corvette-based) 1954 Wildcat II, the original example became the 'Wildcat I.' The Wildcat II was succeeded by a full-size Wildcat III convertible concept and eventually the performance-oriented production Wildcat for 1963.
Buick developed a prototype vehicle called the Wildcat in 1953. This model came with a 322 cubic inch V8 engine that was rated at 188 horsepower. For its time, this v ehicle was considered to be revolutionary. The body was fiberglass, and the front wheel hubs remained stationary as the wheels spun.
Considered to be Buick's first performance vehicle, the Buick Wildcat, officially named the Wildcat Sport Coupe was finally produced for the public in 1962. A full-size automobile, more closely related to a luxury sports coupe than all out performance, the introduction of the Wildcat set the stage for Buick's quest for power and even made its name available to several Buick engines of the mid sixties.
Pictured here is a 1:18 scale replica of a 1954 Buick Wildcat II Concept Car. Pre-order! Ship Date: January 2015.
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