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.
1956 Firebird II
Looking much more sedanlike and roadworthy than Firebird I, the car has two large air intakes at the front, a bubble canopy and the signature tailfin. The 200-horsepower turbine uses a regenerative exhaust system that allows the engine to burn at 1,000 degrees. The Firebird II was also test mule for GM’s “Safety Road,“ or highway of the future, whereon Firebird II could drive unaided by input from the driver via an electrical wire embedded in the road. The Firebird II also predicted future use of a screen displaying weather reports and traffic information.

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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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