The Motorama was an auto show staged by General Motors between 1949 and 1961. These automobile extravaganzas were designed to whet the public's appetite and boost automobile sales with displays of fancy concept cars and other special models. This show frequently moved from city to city in a long parade of vehicles.
One of the models displayed at the 1956 Motorama was this Buick Centurion XP-301. Developed to look like a space-age rocket, this car had headlamps that imitated the rockets sitting horizontally on the launch pads, while the front grille was recessed behind the bumper. Its bubble-top glass canopy felt like a space-age capsule with an open view of the sky. Its tapered tail resembled that of a jet engine with overhanging fins. The interior had matching red leather with car seats that slid back once the doors opened, allowing the passenger to enter and exit smoothly.
At the rear, this car also had a camera fitted, whose images could be viewed on the 4x6-inch display screen - an invention that was adapted as an industry standard 60 years later.
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|- Material: Resin|
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|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|
|Color||Red / White|