Saturday, June 15, 2013

General Motors Heritage Center - Sterling Heights

I recently took a trip to the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. Although only about 100 cars are shown at any given time, they actually have about 500 more in storage, and rotate regularly. The Center is not open to the public, so this is a special look inside. It is opened during special events to GM employees and sometimes their family. External Organizations with connections to GM can also reserve the facility for special events.

GM Heritage Center

The current display had so much to look at - current and past vehicles, concept cars, even an old GMC motor home! The most expensive vehicle in the facility was the 1938 Buick Y - the first concept car in the world.

1938 Buick Y

One special car that I saw was the 1940 Chevrolet Super Deluxe. I asked the host if they had this vehicle, and I was excited that they did. This car is special to me because it was a car that my grandparents had. I texted this picture to my 92-year-old grandmother, and she said that it was great, but hers was light blue and convertible! The host informed me that this is a very rare car these days for a few reasons. First, this was one of the last passenger cars before they were forced to switch to building just trucks due to WWII. People who had passenger cars in this era tended to wear them out since there were no more being made. Additionally, some were melted down for metal. My grandparents weren't able to keep the car after having it for about a year, but my Grandma always seems to smile when she tells us about that car. Her brother even told me a great story of when he got to borrow it once. He was told that he couldn't put the top down, so he waited until he turned the corner, then of course put the top down and, as he put it "let the wind blow through my hair with a huge smile on my face."

1940 Chevy Super Deluxe

Here are some other cars that I saw at the Heritage Center:
1918 Series D Chummy, 1903 Cadillac Model A (red) and 1902 Cadillac Runabout (black), 1925 Buick Standard Six, 1926 Series X

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, 1969 Trans Am, Corvettes Then and Now

Experimental Electrovair II (1966), 1954 Experimental, 1959 Firebird III Experimental, Cadillac Experimentals

1911 Oldsmobile Limited

1941 Cadillac V16 had a speedometer and a clock in the back seat!

Lots of great interiors and hood ornaments!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful post, those cars are *amazing*, all of them! I love that you texted a photo of your grandparents car to your grandmother, that is extremely cool.

    Love the blog, you have done a stellar job with it!