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The Buick Phantom was a concept car built in 1977.

The Phantom was Bill Mitchell's last project before he retired and was a car he said he would like to drive. Unfortunately it's just a mock-up, with no mechanical parts.

The Phantom was simply a personal expression of its designer unlike most experimental cars of the day that flaunted a new styling idea or introduce a revolutionary concept to the car-buying public.

Mitchell wanted to give the car to have the same dramatic proportions as the great cars of the Gatsby days. To do this, he first started with a Pontiac Grand Prix chassis. He then moved the seats and controls to the rear, giving the long-hooded car a rakish look.

A variety of European influences can be found on the two-seater, including the use of chrome strips to wrap under the front fenders, wide chrome moldings, and high, sharp fender lines. The use of big conical wheel discs, was typically found on British-made classic cars.

The car’s surface features are subtle. On the hood there is a 'V' shaped dpression with two rows of louvers and two opening louvers in the side of each front fender. Multi-unit headlights foreshadow the 1980s, as do small roll-down sections of otherwise fixed door windows.

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