Monday, 19 April 2010

Buick Streamliner

The Streamliner is an ethereal beast, its name whispered by automotive designers as something mystical and revered. It was a one-off built in the late forties by a mechanical engineer and Indy 500 designer named Norman E. Timbs. Powered by Buick's Super-8 engine, Timbs designed the chassis and bodywork from scratch, taking aerodynamic influences from Mercedes and Auto Union grand prix cars. The engine was mounted in the rear - pushing the cockpit forward - and accessed via a hinged wraparound panel. Eschewing the chrome, fins and imposing proportions fashionable in the automotive sphere at the time, the Streamliner was simple, neat and uncluttered. And achingly beautiful.
Truly a unique design, as desirable today as it was when the world first saw it in 1948.

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