Monday, April 4, 2011

Car Of The Day: April 4, 2011

Today's car of the day is Hot Wheels' 1985 Buick Wildcat concept car.

Buick has used the name Wildcat for five concept vehicles, three in the early 1950s, one in 1985 and another in 1997. The 1953 Wildcat I, 1954 Wildcat II and 1955 Wildcat III were all designed under the guidance of Harley Earl. The I and II still exist today.

The 1985 Wildcat was a radical mid-engined, all-wheel-drive sports car with an exposed high-performance, double-overhead cam V6. The chassis was built of carbon-fiber and vinyl-ester resin and the body featured a 'lift-up' canopy for entry/exit. This futuristic vehicle is still owned by Buick today, and is still operational.
In 1997, Buick made a Riviera Wildcat concept car. This car had carbon fiber instead of woodgrain trim inside and black chrome outside and its engine was modified.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Buick Wildcat

The Wildcat name has been used off and on by Buick over the decades.  The original Wildcat was a '50s dream car, followed by a full-size model from 1962-1970.  Then this concept car came out in 1985 and was later featured in the movie "Demolition Man" hence the reason why this one was cast by Hot Wheels.

So an obscure concept car gets dusted off for a movie and Hot Wheels tools up a replica of the car as a tie-in to the movie.  It later entered the Mainline (the car shown here) in the same color it was in the "Demolition Man" series.  It's basically one big lump of metal with the exception of the engine- the canopy is painted on, there is no glass insert or interior.

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