GM VP of Eng Charles Chayne with designer Ned F. Nickles. The car's name reflects the fact that it produced over 300 horsepower and was an experimental (XP) vehicle.
It boasted many safety features including dual brakes, power adjustable seats, adjustable steering wheel, seat belts and curved safety glass windshield.
The XP300 features a wraparound windshield, three tailfins, and a grille that resembles an electric razor, push button power windows and seats.
The XP300 was more in line with Chayne's conception of the future of Buick production cars, and its front end design ultimately foreshadowed the 1954 Buick line.
The XP300's body and frame were welded together into a single unit. It also had heat treated aluminum body panels.
It features four coil springs and a hydraulic system which operates the car's cowl vents, door locking devices, hood, jacks, seats, and windows.
A VERY RARE IDEAL TOY CO. 1951 BUICK XP300 MOTORAMA DREAM CAR REPLICA
Approximately 1.18 scale.
Battery operated lights and horn.
Interior 1951 BUICK XP300 MOTORAMA DREAM CAR REPLICA
Mario on May 21, 2021 said:
Another magnificent automobile from General Motors Design Team back in 1951.
GM was truly the Leader in automotive styling and improvements with one Concept car after another.
The XP300 was designed by GM VP of Eng Charles Chayne with Ned F. Nickles under the supervision of Harley Earl.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on May 21, 2021 said:
GM really taught the world about concept cars and how to not only dream big but do big as well. GM put there money where their mouth was. It is sad to think where GM is today, considering the power house they were for at least 80 years. The leader with a capital C. All the other car companies put together, could not match the might that the mighty General was. Sadly ALL things do come to pass.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on May 22, 2021 said:
So true George. GM is no longer what it was and probably never will be.
But us Gearheads keep the memory of what was good alive by doing what we're doing. Restore and save the old cars that exist today for our sake and our future generations.
Each restored car is a museum unto itself. Cheers![Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on May 22, 2021 said:
WOW........that is one huge hood especially for a front tilting model!!
This car literally DRIPS with design from the fighter aircraft of the day.
That clam shell trunk is a one I have never seen before.
I find it odd how thin the steering wheel looks in the cockpit but then again go back to the yoke of an aircraft and it seems to make sense.
And the brake and gas pedal resemble rudder pedals.
Amazing...it takes many looks and squints to see all the nuances designed into this ride.
Chalk up another one for GM and Mario..........
It's a win win...........[Reply to this comment]
Mario on May 22, 2021 said:
Yes Rob so many design features on this "rocket ship" car more like a jet aircraft than a car!
The long tilting hood is amazing as is the wing flipping trunk!
I would love seeing this car in person at the Sloan Museum and hearing the roar of the powerful engine. The dual exhausts are awesome and I can hear them rumble![Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jul 9, 2021 said:
Don take a look at the pics I just posted on the Ideal toy 1951 Buick XP300 you had. Really sharp and I love the little tools that came with it!
Probably worth a lot today couldn't find its value, but it's precious to anyone who owned one as a child. Regards, Mario[Reply to this comment]