Lets face facts..GM from the early 1950′s till the late 1960′s had the automotive world in the palm of their hands. With concept cars styled by GM’s God of style Harley Earl the Motorama shows of the 50′s showcased and wrote the book on future automotive design. The pictured automobile was one of the first of a long line of GM Motorama concept cars.First shown in 1951 this futuristic concept would give hints of GM’s design future. It was rumored that GM spent over $1,000,000 to build its aluminum bodied wonder on wheels. In todays money that would be “ten million” As with alot of Harley Earl’s designs this swoopy beauty was inspired by aircraft of the day. Earls vision was to evoke “flight in motion”.In keeping with its look into the future the car had some very exotic mechanical items.Most cars of the day had 6 volt electrical systems this car used 12 volts.The frame used rubber oil filled mounts to aid in a smooth ride. The hand built V8 engine was ”fuel injected” with an external oil cooler.All of this was mounted to a 3 speed automatic tranmission. Other features included body mounted hydraulic jacks that would raise the car to change a flat. A rain activated sensor would raise the convertible top so the cockpit inspired interior would not get wet. The large tail fins would inspire design throughout the 1950′s.This showcase of wonder would be Harley Earl’s personal ride for almost a decade. What Auto is This??