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    Default I really dropped the ball Car of the Week: 1958 Skylark II XP-75 Concept

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    American auto manufacturers have contracted foreign automotive body builders many times to construct limited-production and concept cars over the decades. Among them was Pininfarina of Turin, Italy. The company, with the formal name of Carozzeria Pininfarina, was founded in 1930 by Battista “Pinin” Farina (who later had his name legally changed to Pininfarina). It was established for the purpose of building special car bodies and detailing of limited-production automobiles. His goal was to become an independent industry and over time he put together a production line capable of producing seven or eight cars per day. Among the first cars he produced was the now coveted Hispano Suiza and later the Fiat 518 Ardita. He introduced aerodynamics to automotive body design in the 1930s and created the sleek Alfa Romeo 6C and Lancia Aprillia Aerodinamica. In 1947, he unveiled the influential Cisitalia 202 which became the first car to be permanently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY.

    Prior to World War II, Pininfarina had established contacts with foreign car companies such as General Motors, but soon the war interrupted anything further. However, not long after the war ended U.S. auto manufacturers once again contacted Pininfarina regarding the construction of various automobiles for them. Among the cars he was contracted to build was the Nash Healey built between 1951 and 1954.

    As the 1950s were coming to a close, General Motors embarked upon designing an unusual Buick two-passenger car based upon the styling of what became the 1959 Buick. Labeled initially as XP-75, the two cars which were ultimately built for GM by Pininfarina were formally named, “Skylark III.”

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    im a sucker for old prototypes...its a shame they likely both were destroyed



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    Quote Originally Posted by 69.5CUDA View Post
    im a sucker for old prototypes...its a shame they likely both were destroyed
    Me too. That was the height of style in domestic cars.
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    I really like the front end that (I assume) was borrowed from this on the '59,'60(?) Buicks.. I like the canted headlights.

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