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GM LaSabre Concept Car of 1951

Concept Cars from the Detroit Automakers have always been my biggest car related weakness. When I was a kid I could not wait for the annual big show in Des Moines where I could actually see hot rods, customs and the occasional concept car that had already been to the big shows and publicized in Motortrend and the other car guy magazines. It was a big moment in my young adulthood when I drove my own Corvette show car into that same building for my first big show!

Unfortunately, my that time concept cars did not seem to be as wild or radical as they once were. They were becoming more like the custom cars they shared the floor with. Not so in 1951 when GM created the LaSabre with such flair and beauty it sets a standard today in my mind.

Katrina and I encountered this car at the Amelia Island Councourd de’Elegance in 2010 and it was my first opportunity to see this car in person. It was first displayed in 1951! How little does this look like a car that must have been designed in the late 1940s? It has tailfins, hidden headlights, wrap around windshield, bucket seats, and a strong jet fighter influence.

This car is nearly 60 years old! How well do you think one of the current crop of concept cars will look to our grandchildren in the year 2070!

Click Here to see more photos and a video of the 1951 LaSabre concept car from GM.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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