1955 (+572 Crate Engine) and what could have been....

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    1955 (+572 Crate Engine) and what could have been....

    Production 1955 Buick Wildcat....

    I posted this in reader’s talent but nobody replied. I think they are into modern cars there. Hopefully some interested in the old stuff will give some feedback here. I don't think I've ever posted in this section before, or visited it. And I happen to really like old cars... and I chop old cars to, a sort of "what if" history had been different... I might post some of my other old car chops if anyone is interested, but they are not just GM.

    Anyway, I doubt the Buick concept below would have made it to production with those open front fenders, but it would have been nice if GM had have built it... and so I chopped what it night have looked like with more conventional fenders. I left the freestanding headlights as they look cool I think.








    You know, the Ford guys can go out and buy a Shelby Cobra Kit-Car but the GM guys don't really have an equivalent.

    I bet this body is about the right size and proportions to fit on a modified Cobra Kit rolling chassis and be fitted with a GM Crate Engine (572 anyone!!). It would be nice if a GM body like this we available for GM guys....






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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Less show car - more production car.

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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Though by 1955, Buick were already using a grille like the one on the show car, not the "toothy" one in the chop.


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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Always admire your talent!

    I think a mesh grill with the Buick spinner in the center would be more "1955" instead of the waterfall grill. Also, what about a less Corvette-bulbous lower rear and more Skylark - a la 1954 with the chrome housings?

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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Fun fact- on the Wildcat II, what looks like a spot light at the A-pillar.... is one of the headlights.
    Not sure why the RH one was left when the headlights were moved to the bumper...



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    rockyspaw, the rear of the WC II is straight-up '54 Skylark :




    I for one don't care for the 'tacked on' look of the Skylark's chrome- I prefer the WC IIs treatment greatly. WC II treatment also adds perceptional length to the design.
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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Monaro SS ~ I get the reasoning for enclosing the front wheels, but IMO the result is a bit too hard-edged for 1955. It's not working there for me. What about leaving the front of the opening alone & only shrouding behind the front tires?
    I like the suggestion of using the RPO '55 perforated metal grille.

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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Quote Originally Posted by balthazar View Post
    rockyspaw, the rear of the WC II is straight-up '54 Skylark :

    That's what I envisioned...I couldn't see that from the front 3/4 view.
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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Here's a quick grille swap. I also widened the tires a little from what looks like 4 ins to about 6 ins. I'll have to think about how one would transiton from open front to closed rear of the fender...





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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    ^ Grille looks good.
    WRT the fenderline- just continue your shrouded rear section right into the original 'brow', no?
    Maybe do a 180 & come back out to back behind the bumper end-leaving the headlights 'floating'...

    Don't care to whack that 'spotlight' off while yer tweaking?

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    HELL YES, gets my vote.
    I never cared for the F-88 (don't care for the rear treatment), but this is damn sweet. Exc work, as usual.

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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    Very nice. One of your best!

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    Re: 1955 and what could have been....

    You know, the Ford guys can go out and buy a Shelby Cobra Kit-Car but the GM guys don't really have an equivalent.

    I bet this body is about the right size and proportions to fit on a modified Cobra Kit rolling chassis and be fitted with a GM Crate Engine (572 anyone!!). It would be nice if a GM body like this we available for GM guys....





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    Re: 1955 (+572 Crate Engine) and what could have been....

    Hate the OWL Eagle GT tires. Too muscle man trashy looking. And certainly not period correct.

    However, super, big time, impressed with your talent. You should be making some bread with that talent of yours.
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