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    Posted 6 years ago

    pw-collector
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    This is the 1959 Firebird III Experimental as seen during my visit in 2009.
    The description sign read:
    The third vehicle on GM's trilogy of gas turbine-powered concept cars was the Firebird III. The cars styling was highlighted by seven short wings / tail fins and a double-bubble canopy. Powered by a third generation gas turbine - more powerful, yet a fraction of the size of its predecessors - this concept car also had an auxiliary 10hp engine to run its many power accessories. Most remarkable, the Firebird III boasted the world's first "drive-by-wire" system. Steering, throttle and brake functions were all controlled by an aircraft-like joystick.

    A greater description can be found here:
    https://history.gmheritagecenter.com/wiki/index.php/Firebird_III

    Thanks for looking,
    Dave

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    1. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    2. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    3. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      It's the ultimate car with fins. I thought we were all supposed to be driving around in bubble top cars now.
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      YOUR VERY WELCOME Dave :) on all of them!!
    5. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      fortapache, now they are trying to sell us cars that would fit inside of one of these bubble cockpits!!!!
      Thans fortapache for the appreciation.
    6. GeodeJem GeodeJem, 6 years ago
      What a great concept. Put solar panels on it and it'd work a dream, somewhere with sun of course.
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    8. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks charmsomeone for the appreciation.
    9. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    10. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 6 years ago
      I remember seeing the cool experimental "future cars" in promo displays every few years and finding it hard to believe anything that awesome would ever actually be built. Now I see cars like the 2015 Corvette, the Tesla, BMWs, Lamborghinis, etc, etc and see that we can actually buy cars better than the dream cars of old. Life is amazing for us old folks!
    11. pw-collector pw-collector, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the comments & appreciation:
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    12. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    13. Recordmantime, 5 years ago
      and batman though he had a cool ride ...lol pretty cool Dave.....
    14. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
      Thanks Recordmantime for the comment and appreciation. I've posted others from the GM Heritage Center also.
    15. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
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    16. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
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    17. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
      Thanks freon for the appreciation.
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      Thanks MacDaddyRico for the appreciation.
    19. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks hunterglee for the appreciation.
      If you go here, you can see a few more:
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    20. iggy iggy, 3 years ago
      Cool! This post is 4yrs ago, but funny I was just at the GM heritage center. But this car was not there. Very cool place for GM and old car people like me.( I prefer Mopars though)
    21. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      iggy, I don't remember the number of cars they have, but we were told they rotate them regularly because the showroom is not big enough to display them all at one time.
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    22. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks yougottahavestuff for the appreciation.
    23. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 2 years ago
      Seeing the Car again!!! Brought back memories, I was 13 when our father took us to the 1959 Car Show at Mechanics Hall in Boston!!! That Car was the Headliner!!!
      You saw it as you entered!!!! I thought it could fly!!! GM gave out oval pocket tokens. Lost mine years ago!!!

      Thanks for showing!!
      Stuff
    24. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
      Thanks TheGateKeeper for the appreciation.
      yougottahavestuff, I'm glad it brought back memories.
    25. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
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    26. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
      Thanks antiquerose for the appreciation.
    27. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
      Thanks jscott0363 for the appreciation.

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