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1958 GM Firebird III

GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Photo: James Haefner
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Photo: James Haefner
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
Firebird III at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan
Firebird III at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Harley Earl
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Harley Earl
The Firebird III goes through its paces on the test track
The Firebird III goes through its paces on the test track
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Tail fin view
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Tail fin view
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Details
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Details
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Details
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Details
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Interior
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Interior
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Interior
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Interior
The Firebird III steals the stage at the 1959 Motorama
The Firebird III steals the stage at the 1959 Motorama
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Brochure
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Brochure
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Brochure
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Brochure
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Brochure
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Brochure
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Cutaway
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Cutaway
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Design Sketch by Ken Nelson
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Design Sketch by Ken Nelson
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Rendering by Norm James
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Rendering by Norm James
GM Firebird III, 1958 - String Drawing
GM Firebird III, 1958 - String Drawing
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Mock-up
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Mock-up
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Clay Model
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Clay Model
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Clay Model and Engineering Study Model
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Clay Model and Engineering Study Model
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Design Process
GM Firebird III, 1958 - Design Process
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
GM Firebird III, 1958
Images: GM Media Archives; www.conklinsystems.com; deansgarage.com
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The Firebird III was the first space age inspired car by General Motors.
The third in a series of gas turbine-powered experimentals, Harley Earl took his imagination to new places with his final dream car – the Firebird III. Harley Earl was quoted as saying “I envisioned an entirely different type of car which a person may drive to launching site of a rocket to the moon”. Under twin bubble tops, Mr. Early placed the first single stick vehicle control system which eliminated the conventional steering wheel, brake pedal, and accelerator. Utilizing an ultrasonic key, the Firebird’s large, butterfly doors opened via high frequency sound waves. With nine fins, the Firebird III remains the ultimate fin car.
GM Press Release


The Firebird III has an aerodynamic fibreglass body and is pearlescent silver-gold in colour. It has a wide, tapered nose, twin plastic bubble canopies over the passengers and a high dorsal fin at the tail. The car`s most significant single feature, its control system, features combined and improved versions of "no-hands" steering and the single-stick Unicontrol introduced separately by GM Research Laboratories.
www.autospeed.com


Проектную разработку нового чудо-автомобиля Firebird III Харли Эрл своим итальянским партнерам не доверил. Этот монстр был представлен в 1959 году на очередной «Мотораме». Достаточно беглого взгляда на кузов, чтобы предположить, что Firebird III – аппарат из фантастического комикса. Супернизкая машина с турбинным двигателем имела две отдельные «авиационные» кабины. За стеклом «фонаря» виднелась лишь голова водителя. Количество хвостовых килей выросло до семи. Задние колеса полностью скрыты крыльями-воздухозаборниками. Надо сказать, что эксперименты с турбомобилями велись корпорацией Chrysler еще с 1954 года. Первопроходцем здесь выступило отделение Plymouth: в 1956 году четыре турбомобиля Plymouth Coupe совершили испытательный пробег по маршруту Нью-Йорк – Лос-Анджелес.
Source: Иван Рожнов, Журнал "МОТОР", 8-1998
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