Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The 1956 Buick Centurion

The 1956 Buick Centurion was an aerodynamic four-seat coupe with a patented rear-mounted television camera,  A receiver on the instrument panel displayed images from the camera, thereby rendering the rear-view mirror obsolete. The camera was mounted in a tailcone inspired by a jet fighter, a recurring theme in concept cars of the '50s. Front seats automatically slid back when the doors were opened for easier entry and also moved forward to provide entry and exit to the back seats. A cantilevered steering wheel positioned the steering shaft down the center of the car, allowing more legroom for the driver.
Centurion is now owned by Sloan Museum.