XM105

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1950 Buick Sedanette owned by Joe Edd Ray of Shelbyville, Indiana. Known as the "XM105," Ray's Buick was restyled by Bob Metz. Ray was an upholsterer, and he did all the interiors for Bob.
A newspaper clipping that shows Joe with his Buick after he had won two awards with the car in Washington, D.C.. Photo courtesy of Todd Ray.
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Photo from the GT350LADY Collection[1]
From the Barry Mazza collection.
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The Buick as it appeared in Motor Life July 1958.

1950 Buick Sedanette owned by Joe Edd Ray of Shelbyville, Indiana. Known as the "XM105," Ray's Buick was restyled by Bob Metz. Ray was an upholsterer, and he did all the interiors for Bob.[2]


Chopped and Sectioned by Metz

Metz sectioned the body on Ray's Buick 5 inches before the top was chopped 3 inches. The entire front end assembly including the cowl and windshield were thrown away. The door posts were removed, and a 1955 Buick top and windshield were crafted on to the narrower 1950 Buick body. The most eye-catching feature of the car was the outward slanted tail fins. The exhaust tips were routed through modified Ford taillights. Up front, Plymouth front fender sections were grafted to the Buick fenders. Two halves of a 1935 Chevrolet grille were mounted horizontally. By lowering the chassis 6 inches, the overall height of the car was 4 1/2 feet.[3]


Custom Car of the Year

In 1957 the XM105 was chosen as "Custom Car of the Year" by the readers of Motor Life Magazine.[4]


The Time Machine

The "XM105" was used in the 1960 movie production of H. G. Wells classic The Time Machine. Click here to see the movie.[5]


Last Seen Near St. Louis?

In 2016 Joe Edd Ray's son, Todd told Kustomrama that he had heard that the car was somewhere near St. Louis.[6]


Related Movies

Video - Bob Metz' 1950 Buick

Magazine Features

Rod & Custom October 1956
Trend Book 143 Restyle Your Car
Car Speed and Style February 1958
Motor Life July 1958


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