1953 Buick Wildcat I


1953 Buick Wildcat I

1953 Buick Wildcat I

Built as first of two concept cars, the Wildcat was a boulevard cruiser showcasing GM’s new drive-line developments.

A highlight of the Wildcat was its pioneering Fibreglas body. The same technology was used later in the year to develop the first 1953 Corvette.

Stylistic features of the Wildcat included a huge front grill with buffer bomb guards, prominent rear tail fins with build-in lights and a wrap-around front windshield.

The Wildcat showcased GM’s new Fireball 215 cu.in. V8 that could produce up 188 bhp. This all-aluminum engine turned out to be useful during the fuel crisis of 1956 and was later sold to Rover. In the concept car, this was mated to a new version of GM’s torque converter called the Twin Turbine Dynaflow Drive.

A unique feature of the car was its front hubcaps which incorporated a technology called ‘roto-static brake cooling discs’. These used a cooling duct on the wheel that remained stationary to provide a fresh flow of air to the front brakes.

In 1954, a Wildcat II sports car concept was released as a possible companion to the Corvette. A second series of GM concept cars also adopted the Wildcat name in the mid eighties.

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In Detail

typeConcept / Prototype Car
engineFireball V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
block materialAluminum
fuel feed4-Barrel Rochester
displacement3523 cc / 215 in³
power140.2 kw / 188 bhp @ 4400 rpm
specific output53.36 bhp per litre
torque284.7 nm / 210 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm
body / frameFibreglas over Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
tran clutchTwin Turbine Dynaflow Torque Converter