Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.
1953 Firebird I
The concept for the Firebird I was the brainchild of Harley Earl, vice president of GM Styling at the time, and he designed the fiberglass-reinforced plastic body. Although the Firebird I sported a jetlike tail cone at the rear, it was for show only. Unlike a jet turbine, which develops thrust by forcing hot gases through a tail cone, the Firebird I engine transferred the turbine-generated power to the rear wheels via a transmission. An interesting side note: Each year the winner of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 receives the Harley J. Earl Trophy, which is a replica of the Firebird I.

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5 thoughts on “Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

  1. Great rendition — especially of the Cadillacs. When will we ever see another Cadillac to rival those shown here? We need a new icon without worrying about fuel efficiency and “organic” greenness.

  2. A bright red Cadillac convertible was my ideal car when I was a kid and it still is. They don’t make such gorgeous cars any longer.

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