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GM Firebird I
GM Firebird I 1953

Cost:

575,000 Wikia-goldcoin or 17 Wikia-bluecoin

Class:

A

Performance:

329

XP gain:

4,090

Body kit:

No

Color choice:

No

Manufacture restriction:

No

Collections:

No

Level unlock:

No

Resell value:

58,550 Wikia-goldcoin

The General Motors Firebird is a quartet of prototype cars designed by Harley Earl, and engineered 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.

The name "Firebird" was also used by the Pontiac division of General Motors for the line of pony cars, which has no direct relation to the concept cars.

By 1953, the research team had produced the Firebird XP-21, later referred to as the Firebird I, which was essentially a jet airplane on wheels. It was the first gas turbine powered car tested in the United States. The design is entirely impractical, with a bubble topped canopy over a single seat cockpit, a bullet shaped fuselage made entirely of fiberglass, short wings, and a vertical tail fin.

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