Sunday, April 6, 2014

What's in our Car Town garage today? (April 6, 2014)

What's in our Car Town garage today?

1953 GM Firebird I

Concept cars of the 1950's showcasing what would cars be look like in the 21st century and they have to conceptualize it with next-generation technology so that spectators would dream about it and on the 1954 General Motors Motorama, they have exhibited this, the Firebird I. Designed to look like a fighter jet, it was the first gas-turbined powered vehicle ever tested in America and the Whirlfire Turbo Power gas turbine generates over 370HP of power. Because it weighs just around 2500lbs the power to weight ratio is around 0.15hp/lbs.

1953 GM Firebird I

1951 Buick LeSabre Prototype

Although the LeSabre Prototype, like most 1950's concept cars, adorned the styling reminiscent of fighter jet planes, this concept is way beyond convention because while most cars at that time have 6-volt electrics, this concept car has twice the electric voltage and it even comes with an automatic gearbox with a torque converter as well as a supercharged 3.5L V8 engine that runs not only on petrol but also methanol. Just to let you know, this ISN'T the Buick LeSabre as we know it although Buick got this name for their full-size models since 1959.

1951 Buick LeSabre Prototype

1961 Chrysler 300 G

Basically an updated version of the 300F, the Chrysler 300G features a V-shaped front face as well as the inverted quad lamps, revised rear, and the 6.8L V8 engine that powers it. Although it's available in coupe and convertible versions, this model is short-lived and updated to the 300H a year later.

1961 Chrysler 300G

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