1951 GM LeSabre

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Harley Earl with the LeSabre next to the 1958 GM Firebird III, the 1938 Buick Y-Job, and the 1954 GM Firebird I inside the viewing courtyard of the Technical Center's famous Design Center.
Ed Rotzell's SCOLF is a sports custom built by Ed Rotzell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built in the early 1950s, the rear end of the SCOLF was inspired by the 1951 GM LeSabre concept car.
Carl Szembrot's 1950 Studebaker convertible of Albany, New York was restyled by R. K. Body Works around 1951-1952. The rear end of the car was inspired by the 1951 Gm LeSabre concept car.
The Manta Ray was built by Glen Hire and Vernon Antoine of Whittier, California, sometime between 1951 and 1953. Inspiration came from Harley Earl's 1951 GM LeSabre concept car.


1951 GM Concept Car designed by Harley Earl. Earl’s second concept car was even more exotic looking than the 1938 Buick Y-Job. The LaSabre, also known as the XP-8, had a high grille that concealed the headlamps, the first-ever curved panoramic windshield, and a tail that brought to mind a jet aircraft. Beneath its sleek appearance, the LaSabre was a rolling test laboratory for radical new types of materials, most of which turned out to be too expensive ever to use in production cars. The LaSabre’s body was made of cast magnesium panels and hand-formed aluminum. Again, Earl used the dream car as his everyday vehicle, putting 45,000 miles on the odometer to prove its roadworthiness.

Cars Influenced By the 1951 GM LeSabre

Nickolas M. Staranick's 1947 Buick Sedanette
Robert Mooselli's 1948 Mercury
Glenn Stauffer's 1949 Chevrolet Convertible
Arthur Cooper's Comet
The Manta Ray
The ZIS - 112
The 1952 Van Hool Bus
The Henri Esclassan's GM LeSabre Lookalike
The 1954 Joymobile
The 1954 Cramer Comet
1952 Spohn Palos
Ed Rotzell's SCOLF
Ralph W. Angel's 1950 Chevrolet
Carl Szembrot's 1950 Studebaker Convertible
Louis W. Struna's LeSabre Lookalike
The Donz Lancer Dan Wylie's 1952 Pontiac Catalina
Jack Kirsch's 1954 Cadillac
Bob Metz' La Rocket
Frank Mann's Baby LeSabre


Related Movies

The GM Concept Car LeSabre


Sources

Discovery Channel





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