Manufacturers admired the design of the long hood with headlights recessed behind the bumper.
The small video screen provides a rear view from the rear camera.
The XP301 made the move to integrate ideas and designs from an airplane cockpit into the modern day automobile.
The fenders were very much jet-like, and they were so stylish that Buick adopted the design to use in some of their later models.
The inside was trimmed in red leather and brushed bright metal. Other designs of tomorrow include a cylindrical digital clock.
A cantilevered steering wheel positioned the steering shaft down the center of the car, allowing more legroom for the driver.
Wing-shaped rear end adapted in the 59/60 Buick.
Ready for take off.
Nice front view photo of the Centurion.
Mario on Aug 9, 2021 said:
The 1956 Buick Centurion XP301 Concept Car was another GM Future car developed by the studios of Harley Earl and "Chuck" Jordan.
It is another great example of the Jet Age inspired designs in cars of the fifties.
In 1956 the Design Studios were already designing the 59 and 60 models and we can see the influence in them by this car.
The canopy top inspired the T Top and Sunroof as well as many other features. Fiberglass again was used to smooth out the sharp edges which were hard and expensive to manufacture at the time from steel.
Welcome to the Jet Age of design. Nice job GM![Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Aug 9, 2021 said:
I must say Mario......this is one awesome show car. I see a bunch of ideas tha made their way onto production cars. Small things like the headrests. I know that would be one HOT interior in Arizona in July. When people say they live life in a fishbowl, I can see being in that car and experiencing that. Great post young man. Keep up the awesome posts.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Aug 14, 2021 said:
When this Covid nightmare is over, I would love to visit that museum in Flint. I have always enjoyed the many wonderful museums in the good ole U.S.A.. One of the many things I miss during during this whole Covid melt down, is visiting my family and friends in America. I am a proud Canadian but I have always loved my connections with Americans, relatives or friends. I am looking forward to when I can travel in the good ole U.S.A. again. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]