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The GM Heritage Center

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The GM Heritage Center
A photographic tour of GM's most historic collection
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By Brian Dreggors


Most people know about this place; if not, its the Holy Land to GM enthusiasts. While Ford and Chrysler proudly display their historic cars and trucks in huge, brightly-lit museums open daily for all to enjoy, GM keeps its most prized treasures in a rectangular building hidden away on the ground of the GM Technical Center, off-limits to the general public. Why? Who knows. But it sure adds allure and makes visitors seem like honored guests, which in a way, we were. Not only did we get to enjoy the grace and beauty of 100+ years of American motorcar, but we had a wonderful catered dinner there as well.

Rather than give us a guided tour (citing that most people just wander off within a few seconds anyway), the directors simply opened the doors and let us in. In that spirit, I will do the same. A few quick notes, though: approximately 145 cars were on display this evening, representing about 1/4 or 1/5 of GM's total collection. All but two of these cars are owned by GM. I believe all still run in some capacity, at least the famous concepts do; they even have the keys dangling from their ignitions (define: temptation). If they ever were auctioned, the 1951 LeSabre is valued at $10-15 million while the 1938 Y-Job commands $15-20 million. Don't worry, though; they aren't going anywhere...

that is, unless I can get my hands on those keys again...

Enjoy.

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hmmmm looks like they have some new additions since I got to go. Isn't it cool how such an unassuming building can house one of the coolest collection of cars ever?

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*eyes pop open wide*

Fly ... SIMPLY AWESOME! Thank you for sharing those pics.............

*sighs*

I can only DREAM of one day being able to visit the GM Heritage Center...............

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This had to be a very fulfilling trip, yet, I wouldn't want to leave, I'd be wanting to study every inch of every vehicle, afraid to miss the slightest detail. Thanks for posting, Mr. Fly.
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Flybrian: I hate you.

If I had been let in there, either 1 of 2 scenarios would've happened: I'd still be there now, hiding and caressing. Or I'd have been thrown out in 5 minutes for licking.

Any chance I could get a link to the imageshack album? 4th time trying and most of these 500 pics are not making it over my 56K hookup.

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Thanks for getting a pic of the "Lemansamino", Fly! I didn't even know that it still existed!

Very cool.

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It is an amazing place to go to! There food is sweet too.

But Correction the Heritage Center is not on Tech Center Property. Its about a mile away on an industrial drive.

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: I'd still be there now, hiding and caressing

They counted us about 3 times before we left. Because several of us were considering just that.

Brian - great write ups on the event.

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Wow...I didn't know that a B-body El Camino existed outside of my imagination. Sweet.

The blue '59 Buick's a feast for the eyes as well.

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what is this one?

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sure looks like the EV1, but with different tails... tried looking up info on the Impact, and all the pics I got looked the same as the EV1 (though maybe they were just EV1s...)

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Wasn't the Impact a longer version of the EV1? I forget now.
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The Impact was the concept car that preceded the EV1. Very similar in shape, but lacked a LOT of refinement compared to the final product.

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>>"Wow...I didn't know that a B-body El Camino existed outside of my imagination. Sweet."<<

It doesn't; that's a LeMans-based 'El Camino' which was updated with a 1980 Grand Am nose. I am pretty certain the LeMans/Grand Am is a G-Body.

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Simply awesome. I would love to go there. They should open it to the public once in a while. Was that a red Chevette in there?

I'm not sure which one you mean..Maybe a sprint? I don't remember ever seeing a Chevette there

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neat stuff

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Nice coverage Fly

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I would take the Cadillac Voyage and Solitare off their hands, and the 69 Orange GTO wouldn't be too bad either... Hmm I would love a GNX too!

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