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Mechanical engineer Norman E. Timbs created this dramatic streamliner in the 1940s which in many ways was the ultimate American hot rod. He designed and fabricated much of the project himself which included a custom aluminum body and steel chassis. It took him over two years to finish and the resulting chic roadster was good enough for cover of Motor Trend as well as features in Mechanix Illustrated, Popular Mechanics and Motor Life.

Leading up to this design, Mr. Timbs had worked as an Indy 500 designer on cars such as the Blue Crown Specials which won Indy several times. Mr. Timbs was no doubt influenced by the 1937 Auto Union Typ C Stromlinie and 1937 Mercedes-Benz W25 Avus Stromlinie which ran the 1937 Avus GP. His 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).

Designer extraordinaire Norman E. Timbs was asked to bring the concept of the 1949 Buick Streamliner into the future. He did a brilliant job, and the results are in the gallery. The mid-century calls were all about show, not gas mileage.

The back of the redesigned Buick Streamliner seems to stretch on for miles. The cherry red color of the concept car could easily pass as the flame trail of this gorgeous car.

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