Mystery Cars will air this month on KLRU-Q!
10:35pm Fridays, starting February 8th (12 episodes)
In the 1950’s, 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.
2/8 – 1956 Buick Centurion / 1954 Plymouth Explorer
How air travel inspired the design of the 1956 Buick Centurion and how the 1954 Plymouth Explorer combined the very best of American and European styling.
2/15 – 1953 Gm Xp-21 Firebird / 1955 Mercury D528
How aircraft technology inspired the design of the 1953 GM XP-21 Firebird and the 1955 Mercury D528.
2/22 – 1961 Ford Thunderbird / 1963 Chrysler Turbine
The design secrets of the 1961 Ford Thunderbird and the 1963 Chrysler Turbine.
3/1 – Cadillac Cyclone Xp-74/ 1977 Buick Phantom
GM designer Harley Earl’s influential design for the Cadillac Cyclone XP-74 and the 1977 Buick Phantom.
3/9 – Gmc Firebird li / The Cadillac Series 62 Coupe
The creation of the GMC Firebird II and the Cadillac Series 62 Coupe.
3/16 – 1962 Ford Mustang / 1959 Gm Firebird lii
A look at the origins of the iconic 1962 Ford Mustang prototype, and an examination of the design of the popular 1959 GM Firebird III.
3/23 – Buick Wildcat Ii And Y-job
The making of Buick models the Wildcat II and the Y-Job.
3/30 – Buick Xp-300
How the Buick XP-300 epitomized post-war American automotive design.
4/6 – General Motors’ 1953 Futurliner Bus
The significance of General Motors’ 1953 Futurliner Bus.
4/13 – 1953 Alfa Romeo Bat 5 / 1954 Dodge Fire Arrow Ii
How America’s love affair with Italian design and craftsmanship produced sensational concept cars such as the 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5 and the 1954 Dodge Fire Arrow II.
4/20 – 1954 Alfa Romeo Bat 7 / 1954 Dodge Fire Arrow Iv
The aerodynamic design of the 1954 Alfa Romeo BAT 7 and find out how America’s passion for all things Italian inspired the 1954 Dodge Fire Arrow IV.
4/27 – 1955 Dodge Firebomb / 1955 Alfa Romeo Bat 9
How the 1955 Dodge Firebomb benefited from transatlantic collaboration, and the inspiration behind the innovative design of the 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9.