It was a functional Pontiac dream car. Pontiac stylists retained the old-fashioned Silver Streak moldings.
The rear of the Strato-Star was futuristic looking. An aggressively wrapped windscreen and rear window, the car offered all round visibility.
With a design virtually non-existent door pillars and massive amounts of glass, the Strato-Star could have proved an ideal travel car for families.
GM Motorama 1955. The Pontiac was 76 in wide making it the widest of the 1955 Motorama cars.
GM Motorama publicity boldly stated the car was “the most daring new design ever displayed.”
Mario on Jun 24, 2021 said:
The 1955 Pontiac Strato Star Concept Car had many new features we would eventually see in the years to come. Flat roof, panoramic views, power features, curved fenders and many more.
GM designers looked for crowd reactions to their Concept Cars at the Motorama shows and invited comments good or bad.
I was fortunate to attend the 1961 GM Motorama in NYC with my Dad and it was a thrilling experience.
I walked away with a bagful of car booklets and literature that I would pour through for years to come.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jun 25, 2021 said:
Mario, this one reminds me, there must have been illegal drug abuse back in the 50s for designers...
I may be able to come up with something like this if I cobbled all the extra parts and pieces left over in my garage.
Let's see, Corvette, Yugo, Go Cart, Golf Cart, Little Red Wagon, Snowblower, 2 turbines, Sting Ray bicycle, that's a start..........[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jun 25, 2021 said:
That is so Funny Rob, and I have to admit so very true!
Not sure if any illegal drugs were involved, but I think the Designers were poring everything they could into these Concept Cars all at once.
Wait till you see the other Concept Car Pages I'm working on. They get better! Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jun 26, 2021 said:
That's right George. I can see your 57 Pontiac front end on this concept car: split front bumper, chrome grill, drop hood, large parking lights. All nice styling cues.
A big thing I see is the flat roof with wraparound windows that were used on all the '59 GM 4 door hardtop cars. Very stylish. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jun 26, 2021 said:
I just can't imagine HOW those front wheel openings got past so many people who thought.........hey..maybe they won't notice.
I'm not one to knock styling for they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What one sees as beauty, another cannot.
I do see Georges 57 as you say Mario. They started out great but something went wrong when they attached the rest of the car to it.
I admire creativity but there's a fine line between being creative and........well....... well..............
And who put eyebrows over the taillights to confuse me which end was the front from the back?[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jun 26, 2021 said:
Seeing as how the very First Concept car was the 1938 Buick Y-Job I believe you have a valid point Rob.
After that the 1951 Buick XP300 was also a beauty, very modern and classy. The entire car flowed with styling that wasn't choppy or seemed to be added on like some of the other concept cars.
Good observation Rob. See you do know your stuff! Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Jun 30, 2021 said:
I was being way too kind earlier. This concept car kind of gives me automotive nightmares. From any angle, there is no justice to be done here. GM lead in concept cars and started the whole entity but Pontiac dropped the ball with this thing. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Jul 10, 2021 said:
It surely wasn't one of the better GM Concept cars from an overall standpoint. I think the designers just wanted to try out as many different styling designs as possible.
If you look closely many of the ideas were adopted later on but just not on one car.
But overall the Pontiac team came up with many great cars and body styles. Cheers![Reply to this comment]