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.
1958 Firebird III
A 2-seater with a 2-bubble canopy, the Firebird III is powered by a 225-horsepower Whirlfire GT-305 gas turbine engine. GM can claim it as a hybrid, in that it also has a 10-horse gasoline engine to power the accessories, which include air-conditioning and jetlike “air brakes” — flat panels that emerge from the bodywork to slow the car from high speeds. Other features are an “ultrasonic” key that signals the doors to open, an automated guidance system and “no hold” steering — controlled by a joystick.

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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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