This blog will expand on themes and topics first mentioned in my book, "The Automobile and American Life." I hope to comment on recent developments in the automobile industry, reviews of my readings on the history of the automobile, drafts of my new work, contributions from friends, descriptions of the museums and car shows I attend and anything else relevant. Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017, 2018, by the author.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
A Visit to the GM Historical/Heritage Center, Sterling Heights, MI
This truck greets visitors to the GM Heritage Center. It is a very difficult to find facility that is not open to the public. In addition to the cars there is an archive that one can use by appointment.
A wide angle shot of the floor with cars all around. About 150 are on the floor, many more in storage. One criticism -- this is all about thecars, but not about the people. Nice for the enthusiast, but asa histoical presentation it has a long way to go to reconstruct the past. Most auto museums just throw cars on the floor and think that is enough -- not so! people make history, not things.
An electric Corvair project form the 1970s.
A 1960s project car -- plenty of technology, not very much real vision.
A classic 1955 Chevy dashboard. There were great GM successes, and in 1955 they hit the jackpot.
Another economy project car -- with all that tlaent, they could not see the future.
My favorite -- taken from a Kentucky dealer, the fabulous Oldsmobile Rocket. See the epilogue of my book, The Automobile and American Life.