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Monday, November 29, 2010

Bizarre GM Firebird III Motorama 1958 1:43 scale

This is Bizarre GM Firebird III Motorama 1958 in 1:43 scale, made of resin.

From the net:
   The General Motors Firebird is a series of three concept cars designed by Harley
Earl, and built by General Motors for the 1953, 1956 and 1959 Motorama auto
shows. They were very much inspired by innovations in fighter aircraft design at
the time. None of the designs were intended for production, but instead were to
showcase the extremes in technology and design that General Motors was able to
achieve. The cars were recently placed on display at the Henry Ford Museum in
Dearborn, Michigan, and still make regular car show appearances.
General Motors had done research on feasibility of gas turbine engines in cars
as early as the 1930s. It wasn't until the early 1950s that they began building
an actual engine, with Emmett Conklin leading the project.
    The Firebird III, was built in 1958 and first
shown at Motorama in 1959. It is another extravagant prototype with titanium
skin, and no fewer than seven short wings and tail fins that were tested
extensively in a wind tunnel. It is a two-seater powered by a 225 hp (168 kW)
Whirlfire GT-305 gas turbine engine, and a two cylinder 10 hp (7.5 kW) gasoline
engine to run all the accessories. Its exterior design features a double bubble
canopy, and more technical advancements to make it more practical, such as
cruise control, anti-lock brakes, and air conditioning. It also featured
"space-age" innovations, such as special air drag brakes, like those found on
aircraft, which emerged from flat panels in the bodywork of the car to slow it
from high speeds, an "ultra-sonic" key which signaled the doors to open, and an
automated guidance system to avoid accidents and "no hold" steering. The
steering was controlled by a joystick positioned between the two seats. This
gave the car a more futuristic feel and simulated the experience of flying a
     Actual photos of the three (3) GM Firebirds.
                                                      Firebird I
                                                        Firebird II
                                                         Firebird III


  1. Excellent Resti! Your collection really amazes me with every new post!

  2. Thanks much for your kind comments Laurent. This in one car, the first time you see it, you like it immediately. Regards.