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Story by Phil

“Buick knew the car would never make it into production because of the protection GM gave the Corvette…”

There were 3 Wildcat II concept cars built in 1954. In 1954 Harlow “Red” Curtis was president of GM. His daughter, who was a teenager at the time, was a customer of my dealership. He lived in Flint and New York City in the summer and Florida in the winter.

In the winter of ’54 one Wildcat II was shipped to Florida for Harvey to use and he let his daughter have it. It was fun to hear her stories of driving it around and the attention she got from it. Hers was dark blue with white leather interior.

A while back I read somewhere, I think it was in Old Cars Weekly, that someone had a Wildcat II in their collection and that it might be for sale. I was talking to my factory rep about it one day and he confirmed one was missing. He said apparently there was an older man running the car crusher at the time that was due for retirement soon.

When there were multiple cars of the same model to be crushed he would hide one. Later it would disappear. This happened to more than just the Wildcat II. In his last trip to Flint the word was GM was actively looking for the car. One is in the Sloan museum in Flint.

Buick knew the car would never make it into production because of the protection GM gave the Corvette. De Lorean tried the same thing with a two-seated fiberglass 1966 Firebird and was told, put a rear seat in it and you can produce it.

Some where under my house I have a nice color photo of the one in the Sloan museum. When I get a chance to did it out I will send it to you. There is a photo of it in the book “Buick the First 75 Years”

Phil