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The trio looks on the 1953 Buick Wildcat concept car owned by Joe Bortz. The fiberglass-bodied car uses a shortened version of the chassis used by production 1953 Buicks.

’50s concept cars to become tools for future automotive design

Story and photos by Angelo Van Bogart In the 1950s, General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. concept cars predicted the future of the production cars Americans would be seeing at their local new-car dealership. Some of those same 1950s cars may go back to work again, forecasting the future of automobile design....

The 1978 Pontiac Sunbird Special, a styling exercise displayed at the 1978 Chicago Auto Show, as recently discovered on a Duluth, Minn., street.

1978 Pontiac show car found on Duluth street

Old Cars Weekly reader Steve Isola was minding his own business, walking through Duluth, Minn., Aug. 10 when he stumbled upon this little silver Pontiac. Most people would have just assumed it was a regular ol’ Sunbird with the fancy paint package, but Isola knew it was different. The Pontiac’s “concept” license plates verified...