1954 Oldsmobile F-88

rear right side 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car Picture
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In the Eighties, according to retired GM Design Staff executive Larry Faloon, corporate policy toward its advanced concept cars changed. For the past 20 years or so since, General Motors has made every effort to preserve its concept vehicles. The corporation now prefers to warehouse them for posterity and occasionally brings them out for special occasions.

Before then, General Motors long had a policy that hand-built cars, including prototypes, "mules," show cars, concept vehicles and assorted one-offs, had to be rendered unusable and scrapped, usually within a year of their completion. Such cars are rarely engineered or tested for real world driving conditions. GM reasoned that if its show cars were to fall into private hands, the corporation could be held legally liable if the vehicles were involved in accidents.

As a result, many GM show and concept cars ended up destroyed, including some that thrilled visitors to the famous Motorama exhibitions. Even so, a few did survive. The 1951 GM LeSabre and Buick XP-300, the 1953 Buick Wildcat, three 1953 Cadillac Le Mans convertibles, and two 1954 Pontiac Bonnevilles were among those spared this fate. Several other dismantled Motorama specials were secreted in a wrecking yard near the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

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