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Buick Y-Job concept car at General Motors Technical Center
Buick Y-Job concept car at General Motors Technical Center
Buick Y-Job concept car at General Motors Technical Center
After nearly 80 years the 1938 Buick Y-Job concept car is still running smoothly. Seen here at the GM Technical Center in Warren, MI.
Harley Earl's Buick Y-Job in front of the GM Design Dome
Harley Earl's Buick Y-Job in front of the GM Design Dome
Harley Earl's Buick Y-Job in front of the GM Design Dome
The Y-Job in front of the GM Design Dome. The building was also the brainchild of Harley Earl.
Harley Earl classic cars feature medallions in the steering wheel
Harley Earl classic cars feature medallions in the steering wheel
Harley Earl classic cars feature medallions in the steering wheel
This medallion was placed in the steering wheel of every car Earl Designed. It features St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.
GM's classic Buick Y-Job car displayed in the Design Dome
GM's classic Buick Y-Job car displayed in the Design Dome
GM's classic Buick Y-Job car displayed in the Design Dome
The Y-Job on display in the Design Dome.
 Airplane site styled hood ornament of the Buick Y-Job
 Airplane site styled hood ornament of the Buick Y-Job
 Airplane site styled hood ornament of the Buick Y-Job
The hood ornament mimics the site of an airplane. The name Y-Job comes from the way experimental airplanes are named.
Under the hood of the Buick Y-Job concept car
Under the hood of the Buick Y-Job concept car
Under the hood of the Buick Y-Job concept car
A peek under the hood. The glass jar with blue liquid is the washer fluid. It’s rare to find these jars intact because when the fluid froze the glass would break.
Buick Y-Job classic car with power convertible top up
Buick Y-Job classic car with power convertible top up
Buick Y-Job classic car with power convertible top up
Y-Job with top up outside of the Design Dome
GM's Y-Job concept car demonstrates its power convertible top
GM's Y-Job concept car demonstrates its power convertible top
GM's Y-Job concept car demonstrates its power convertible top
Y-Job with fabric top moving into place

There is a spirit of creativity and transformation ingrained in General Motors. It’s a responsibility and an opportunity that motivates our designers, every day. It’s nothing new. It’s been a part of the company from the very beginning and continues to grow to this day. Manifesting itself today with vehicles like the All-Electric Chevrolet Bolt or the breathtaking Buick Avista concept car.

This commitment to design and creativity first really took shape in 1938. That’s the year General Motors’ Harley Earl rewrote the rules on how a car could be designed. He turned them from utilitarian machines into works of art. Much of that began when he invented the concept of the concept car.

At the time Harley Earl created the Buick Y-Job, cars were basically designed as horseless carriages. Earl knew there was so much more a car could be. He created the Y-Job as a testing ground for their engineering and styling wish list. This car was the first to have features such as retractable headlamps, power windows, power convertible top and integrated side panels. It changed what a car could be and how they were developed.

Pushing boundaries and setting the curve for design and technology is just as alive today as it was in the day of the Y-Job. GM concept cars continue to exceed expectations and send our whole industry in new directions.