Posted by: Mark Polk | 2013

General Motors Heritage Center Tour Part 2

I wanted to pick back up where I left off in my last post, talking about my visit to the GM Heritage Center.

A great place to start is with some General Motors experimental cars. Enjoy!

1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept

1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept

The last dream car during Henry Earl’s era with GM. This 1959 Cadillac was ahead of its time with twin cone sensing units designed to warn the driver a vehicle or object is ahead, a one-piece canopy that can be retracted in the trunk when not in use and automatic climate control.

1959 Firebird III Experimental

1959 Firebird III Experimental

Next there was the 1959 Firebird III Experimental. This would be GMs third  turbine-powered concept car. This third generation gas turbine was smaller, but more powerful than the first two and the car had an auxiliary 2 cylinder engine to run its many power accessories.

1951 LeSabre Concept car

1951 LeSabre Concept car

GM’s first post-war concept car was this 1951 LeSabre inspired by the lines of the F-86 Sabre jet fighter. This concept car had advanced features like a rain sensing top and built in hydraulic jacks. Quite possibly the neatest feature was its dual 20-gallon rubberized tanks, one for fuel and the other for alcohol for an extra boost from the super-charged V8 engine.

1938 Buick Y-Job Concept

1938 Buick Y-Job Concept

The industry’s first concept car ever designed was the work of Harley Earl with this 1938 Buick Y-Job Concept. Earl wanted to combine his vision of the automobile and new technology to create a benchmark for future automobile design. Earl was ahead of his time with this concept car featuring hidden headlights, flush door handles, a convertible top hidden by a metal deck and electric windows which all found their wayb into future GM production cars. It is said this car is priceless!

See more from the GM Heritage Center Part 3

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