GM Heritage Center

Last week I was invited to a tour of the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. The Heritage Center is not open to the public, so this was a very exciting invitation. It holds approximately 200 GM cars, including everything from a 1902 Runabout to modern experimental vehicles. Even though I’m from a Ford family (not only do Michiganders love American car companies, but most of us are especially loyal to one of the Big 3), I really enjoyed this visit. Shiny cars are always fun!

Although it isn’t open for drop in tours, the Heritage Center can be rented out for events and pre-arranged group tours are available. If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend it.

There were some amazing concept and experimental cars:

1938 Buick Y-Job

The 1938 Buick Y-Job is the industry’s first concept car,. It had many impressive features for the time, including hidden headlamps and electric windows. Its styling, particularly the grill, influenced Buick design for years afterwards.

1938 Buick Y-Job

Front end of the 1938 Buick Y-Job

1951 La Sabre Concept

The gorgeous 1951 Le Sabre concept. GM’s first post-war concept car, the Le Sabre used two separate fuel systems with dual 20 gallon tanks, one for gasoline and the other for alcohol to provide an extra boost when more power was called for. It also had a rain-sensing top!

1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech Experimental

The spaceship looking 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech Experimental. The Aerotechs were a series of experimental vehicles intended to break automobile speed records.

Plenty of Cadillacs:

1931 Cadillac V-16

1931 Cadillac V-16

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible boasted the tallest fins found in a production vehicle.


A row of Caddys

And my personal favorite:

1967 Pontiac GTO

The 1967 Pontiac GTO. What can I say, I love muscle cars.

Once again, I’m sorry about the poor quality of the photos. I’m still stuck with a cell phone camera, although I’m getting closer to actually having something better to take pictures with!


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