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Mystery Cars

Mystery Cars

In the 1950s America had broken free from the shackles of wartime economics. It was a time for innovation, when scientists learned to harness nuclear energy and jet-propelled airplanes were breaking speed records. Where scientific innovation met consumerism, the result was the concept car - a prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling and new technology. MYSTERY CARS is a fascinating series that finds these one-of-a-kind vehicles and tells their story.

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  • Episode #101

    The design inspirations of the 1956 Buick Centurion and the 1954 Plymouth Explorer are showcased. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #102

    Aircraft technology inspired the design of the 1953 GM XP-21 Firebird and the 1955 Mercury D528. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #103

    The design secrets of the 1961 Ford Thunderbird and the 1963 Chrysler Turbine are shared. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #104

    GM's Harley Earl's design for the Cadillac Cyclone XP-74 and the 1977 Buick Phantom are discussed. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #105

    The creation of the GMC Firebird II and the Cadillac Series 62 Coupe are highlighted. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #106

    The design of the iconic 1962 Ford Mustang prototype the popular 1959 GM Firebird III are discussed. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #107

    The making of Buick models the Wildcat II and the Y-Job are highlighted. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #108

    A look at how the Buick XP-300 epitomized post-war American automotive design. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #109

    The significance of General Motors' 1953 Futurliner Bus is spotlighted. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #110

    Italian design influence on the 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5 and the 1954 Dodge Fire Arrow II is discussed. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #111

    The aerodynamic design of the 1954 Alfa Romeo BAT 7 and the 1954 Dodge Fire Arrow IV are featured. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #112

    The 1955 Dodge Firebomb and the innovative design of the 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9 are showcased. [24 minutes]

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