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Side View of 1948 Buick Streamliner

The wave lines of this concept car are so elegant! It is a 1948 Buick Streamliner that took two years to build by American mechanical engineer Norman E. Timbs. Without a doubt, the design was “influenced by the 1937 Auto Union Typ C Stromlinie and 1937 Mercedes-Benz W25 Avus Stromlinie, which ran the 1937 Avus GP. [The] sensational shape was a very close approximation to these cars which ran the fastest GP race of all time, nearing speeds of 248.40 mph (400 kph).” [1] Some of the vehicle’s specifications include a Buick Inline-8 engine, 149.1 kw/200 bhp power, aluminum over steel tube chassis, and it is 990.6 mm/39 in tall.

Back View 1948 Buick Streamliner
Front view of 1948 Buick Streamliner Back View of 1948 Buick Streamliner  by Norman Timbs Side View of 1948 Buick Streamliner
Top: Photos © Peter Harholdt for Amelia Island Concours, Gary & Diane Cerveny Collection. Below: Images © respective owners.
Steering Wheel and Inside of Car  - 1948 Buick Streamliner 1948 Buick Streamliner
1. "1948 Buick Streamliner by Norman E. Timbs." Gearheads. Retrieved on April 23rd, 2013.
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April 24, 2013 Automobiles Classic Design