This car was built as an evolution of the 2000 Buick Blackhawk representing the essential features of Buick through the years. LaSalle C-Hawk (C for Cadillac) is essentially a modern reinterpretation of Harley Earl’s original 1939 LaSalle utilizing curved glass, modern wheel size and amenities. It captures the spirit of the futuristic concept sketches from the GM styling studios of the 1930 and 1940 eras. It has a modern 6.2-liter Cadillac 556 horsepower CTS-V supercharged engine. It also has a retractable hardtop and fully independent suspension along with a full digital instrumentation and all the necessary power options.
The car was built by Advanced Automotive Technologies (aatcars.com). The company is located in Rochester Hills, MI and is a design and prototype company that specializes in automotive products for the automotive OEM’s and their suppliers. The company has been performing this task since the late 1980s.
A concept vehicle or show vehicle is a car made to showcase new styling and or new technology. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced.
General Motors designer Harley Earl is generally credited with inventing the concept car, and did much to popularize it through its traveling Motorama shows of the 1950s.
Concept cars never go into production directly; in modern times all would have to undergo many changes before the design is finalized for the sake of practicality, safety and cost. A “production-intent” vehicle, as opposed to a concept vehicle, serves this purpose.
Coeur d’ Alene Car Show
Downtown Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho