Has anyone been to this great GM center? How about you Bob. Oh Bob Smith. Lots of Bob's out there.
General Motors Corporation, the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. As GM prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2008, the company has opened the GM Heritage Center. This facility will play a key role in showcasing the company's rich history of success and its strong engineering capability.
SAE has arranged a special tour of the Heritage Center, which normally is only open to GM employees, scholars, analysts and the media. Located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, just north of the GM Technical Center, the GM Heritage Center is not just a museum, rather a cross between the ultimate automotive enthusiast's garage and a living repository of automotive history. The GM Heritage Center has 81,000 square feet of flexible space, housing more than 180 vehicles spanning 10 decades. The vehicle collection showcases a wide range of GM design, technology and innovation. Among the vehicles are past and current concept vehicles, as well as historically significant vehicles from various eras, including the 1931 V-16 Cadillac, 1949 Buick Roadmaster, and 1953 Chevrolet Corvette. In addition to vehicles, the Heritage Center will be the custodian of important historical automotive records and items from throughout GM.
Among the interesting items catalogued to date are:
Early financial records, including Cadillac's first stock certificate.
A 1907 fleet sales contract, signaling a mule transportation company's shift from pack animals to automobiles.
The Pinky Randall collection of Chevrolet memorabilia - an expression of Americana that captures sixty years of automotive culture.
Vehicle sketches and personal items from past GM designers and engineers, including Harley Earl and Zora Arkus-Duntov.
A variety of early GM powertrains, including one of the few remaining copper cooled motors in the world, introduced by Chevrolet in 1923.
Every artifact at the Heritage Center inspires curiosity and respect for the people who built GM over the past century. By highlighting the exciting designs, groundbreaking technology powerful brands that have comprised GM’s first century, the GM Heritage Center will help inspire new generations of enthusiasts and make the company even stronger in years to come as GM moves toward a second century of operations. This is evident by great designs, both legendary and recent, like the sixth generation Corvette, Cadillac 16 Concept Vehicle, Pontiac G6, and the Pontiac Solstice.