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    History of Automobiles That Never Made it.....

    Cars that never made it to production

    THE 1954 OLDS DIDNT MAKE IT BUT WAS AUCTIONED OFF FOR $6,000,000.00 IN ARIZONA BY BARRETT JACKSON.
    They were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to make the heart race and the mind ask, "What if?"
    These 1950s concept cars were automotive art built to attract public attention,
    test wild engineering ideas and give motorists a fleeting glimpse down the highway of tomorrow.
    1957 CHRYSLER DIABLO

    1956 BUICK CENTURION II

    1954 FORD LA TOSCA

    1951 BUICK LeSABRE

    1959 GM FIREBIRD III

    1955 LINCOLN FUTURA

    1951 BUICK XP-300

    1955 FORD MYSTERE

    1959 CADILLAC CYCLONE

    1954 OLDSMOBILE ROCKET F88
    1958 FORD X-2000

    1953 CADILLAC GHIA COUPE

    1955 LINCOLN INDIANAPOLIS

    195? MERCURY D524
    This car was never shown to the public.

    1952 CHRYSLER D'ELEGANCE

    1954 DE SOTO ADVENTURER II

    1953 FORD X-100

    1956 PACKARD PREDICTOR

    1956 OLDSMOBILE GOLDEN ROCKET

    1956 PONTIAC CLUB DE MER

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    These were all concept cars and weren't designed for the general public. That 1954 DeSoto looks remarkably like a Ferrari.
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    Cars that never made it to production


    THE 1954 OLDS DIDNT MAKE IT BUT WAS AUCTIONED OFF FOR $6,000,000.00 IN ARIZONA BY BARRETT JACKSON.
    They were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to make the heart race and the mind ask, "What if?"
    These 1950s concept cars were automotive art built to attract public attention,
    test wild engineering ideas and give motorists a fleeting glimpse down the highway of tomorrow.
    1957 CHRYSLER DIABLO

    1956 BUICK CENTURION II

    1954 FORD LA TOSCA

    1951 BUICK LeSABRE

    1959 GM FIREBIRD III

    1955 LINCOLN FUTURA

    1951 BUICK XP-300

    1955 FORD MYSTERE

    1959 CADILLAC CYCLONE

    1954 OLDSMOBILE ROCKET F88
    1958 FORD X-2000

    1953 CADILLAC GHIA COUPE

    1955 LINCOLN INDIANAPOLIS

    195? MERCURY D524
    This car was never shown to the public.

    1952 CHRYSLER D'ELEGANCE

    1954 DE SOTO ADVENTURER II

    1953 FORD X-100

    1956 PACKARD PREDICTOR

    1956 OLDSMOBILE GOLDEN ROCKET

    1956 PONTIAC CLUB DE MER
    The 1951 Buick LeSabre, minus the fins, is remarkably similar to the actual Buick that was produced that year.

    The Ford La Tosca and the 1955 Lincoln are the basis for the 1957 Ford Fairlane.

    The 1954 Oldsmobile and 1952 Mercury all bear striking resemblance to the 1954-55-56-57 Buick designs, with the Oldsmobile coming the closest to the 1955 Oldsmobile that made it to the streets.

    The 1956 Packard is the 1959 Cadillac with its massive rear fins, as does the 1956 Packard Predictor.

    The 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket is almost a dead ringer for the Studabaker Commander with its bullet nose.

    The 1953 Ford X-100 has the body shape of the 1959-60-61 Ford Thunderbird's when they started to add weight to them.

    The 1956 Pontiac Club De Mer is actually the Corvette body, minus the shark fin on the trunk.

    I spend last Friday, Saturday, Sunday in West Palm Beach in the tent monitoring the vehicles for sale at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction there. Always a fun assignment...............

    Some automotive trivia. I can remember a lot of cars as a kid - the 1957 Ford Fairlane is the vehicle they developed into the Edsel, which everyone thinks was a failure because of looks. Had nothing to do with it. The vehicle was mechanically flawed the moment it arrived in showroom windows and required massive retooling by the dealers to make any profit from it. Reason - every 10th Fairlane that Ford sent down the Fairlane assembly line, had to become an Edsel. That required Ford assembly line workers to perform approximately 23 additional tasks to turn the Fairlane into the Edsel, and they were not physically equipped to do that job. When they performed one simple task on the Fairlane, they sometimes had to perform 2-3 extra ones on the Edsel, in the same time period and speed of the line. Caused major Edsel modifications to be missed, or performed incorrectly, and when they arrived art dealer showrooms, they were mechanically a mess. Ford also missed the boat (err car), with the name. Calling it an Edsel, hell they might as well have called it a Jew or a dog (BTW, that's exactly how the vehicle got named - nobody could come up for one for it, so Ford management simply called it an Edsel after Ford's son). There is a tremendous collectible market for the Edsel.

    Barrett-Jackson ran a few Willis vehicles, along with a lot of various Jeeps and even a Nash Metropolitan through the Palm Beach auction. Willis; Jeep; Nash and Studabacker formed American Motors, eventually purchased by Chrysler. They had a pretty good run with their "old man's" Rambler and Lark in the 1960's (couldn't kill those cars), and the cozy little Gremlin, and that station wagon. Many think Studebacker went bankrupt, produced in Terre Haute, Indiana, but not true, its final product was a hand made, special order Avanti, which looked like the original Mercury Cougar. They ran one of those through the auction also. The trade name belongs to some company, but it never went bankrupt. Amazing some of those cars are still around today. All that is left of American Motors is Jeep, a Chrysler product.

    Barrett Jackson sold 500 some cars at Palm Beach, their other auctions are held in the Scottsdale, Arizona base; Las Vegas; Reno, Nevada and Orange County. The Bentley's; Mercedes; BMW's usually don't sell well in ritzy Palm Beach (home of Trump, every NFL owner, the Kennedy's and occasionally the Clinton's, and lots of old-old money). Men there usually buy themselves Mercedes and Bentley's, their wives the same, and their girlfriends BMW's, or Mustang's (a man and woman's car). They ran a $200,000 Bentley through the auction, one of about six, and only got $80,000 for it, and it was sweet, white on bright white, two door, hardtop-convertible roof, with gull wing doors. Sweet ride, didn't sell worth a darn. South Florida prefers Shelby Mustang's; 1966-67-68-69 Malibu SS's; Olds and Buick 442's and other muscle cars, they all own the really expensive cars already........

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