Tuesday, November 22, 2016

General Motors' Company Store Opened in GM Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center 

Downtown Detroit on the river front of the Detroit River sets the skyline icon of the GM Renaissance Center. Headquarters to the General Motor Corporation, the 5.5 million square foot facility will play host to a new official General Motors Company store. 

Located on Level 1 in the GM Wintergarden, the GM store is part of an ongoing renovation to the tower to make public spaces more visitor friendly. The store will bring an exciting atmosphere that will use interactive exhibits to display some of GM's newest innovations, technology, and designs. The GM global brand will be promoted with novelties for purchase like branded coffee mugs, golf balls, hats, sweaters, polo shirts, model cars and much more. For more merchandise details head to www.gmcompanystore.com.
The new General Motors store first opened its doors on Nov. 7, 2016 with hours between 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. during the week and will be open on some weekends as its popularity progresses. All GM employs will enjoy a 10 percent discount with proper GM ID. 

The seven tower Renaissance Center sees an estimated 17,000 people per day and is home to great eateries like Joe Muer Seafood and Granite City Food & Brewery. Among the restaurants, the Renaissance Center also offers meeting and conference rooms, shopping experiences, other than the GM store, and even lodging, which includes a 70-story Detroit Marriott Hotel.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Rarest Camaro in the World: COPO 1968 Camaro Z/28 Convertible

1968 Camaro Z28 convertible. by motoryeti

1968 Camaro Z/28 convertible

This was originally a signal ordered (1 of 1) COPO Camaro built specially for Chevrolet general manager Elliott "Pete" Estes. The first year that Camaros were built, back in 1967, the Z/28 was only built for the SCCA racing circuit and was not a car you would find at your local dealership. But Chevrolet was ready to change that for '68 and the only way to do that was to get Estes to go along with the project.

The Chevrolet Special Project Division wanted to make the Z/28 open to the public and ready for showrooms and public roads. But they knew the only way to get that project to go forward was to get Estes's Okay. So Chevrolet's plan was to give Estes a Z/28 to drive and make him fall in love with it. The only problem was Estes only drove convertibles and if they gave him a hard-top it would only get parked in the company garage and never move. So Chevrolet decided to build him a convertible Z/28, and they made the right move. Estes drove the Camaro as a daily driver, loved it and gave the go-ahead on the project for a full line of Z/28's for '68.

Where is the 1969 Z/28 Convertible?

After Estes sold the Camaro in December of '67, this beautiful rare Camaro was not really known to the public as it spent more than 20 years being sold back-and-forth to front office GM employees. But in 1991, the Camaro made it to a public auction and at that time became the highest selling muscle car of all-time at the price of $172,000.

Unfortunately for the buyer, Al Maynard, when the purchase was made, all of the special parts had been removed and the Camaro was put back to stock. But Maynard had a plan for that, he bought another Camaro equipped with everything that originally came with the Z/28 back in '68 and put the car back to its original state.

Maynard said, "This is the Pete Estes car! It has all the original sheet metal with absolutely nothing changed. Everything is date coded correctly, and every piece is absolutely correct. It is the only one in the world." This Camaro is truly a gem and in today's standard, if a Camaro like this rolled across the Barrett-Jackson Auction block it could possibly fetch about a million maybe more.

Special Parts:
  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Auxiliary Console-Mounted Instruments
  • Auxiliary Lighting 
  • Power Windows
  • Remote Outside Mirrors 
  • Custom Seat Belts 
  • Positraction
  •  1969 Prototype Fiber Glass Hood 
  • Cross Ram Air Hood 
  • Coated Factory Headers 
  • Performance Suspension Package
  • Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Blue Light Stereo Radio 

Monday, November 14, 2016

1967 Camaro Commercial: First Time The Public Gets To See The Icon

Back in 1966, the American people were introduced to a sports car that would see five decades of success. That sports car was the Camaro, and to this day has just as much power and influence in the high performance auto motor industry as the day it first went on sale on Sept. 29, 1966.

After the Mustang was introduced in 1964, Chevrolet had to come up with a sportier, tougher two-door sports car than its current two-door sports car at the time, the Corvair. So under the code name XP-836 and than soon after named the Panther for temporary identification, Chevy went to work.

For the year 1967, Chevy decided to name the soon to be iconic sports car, the "Camaro". This obscure word comes from the French-English dictionary meaning "friend". They added eight different engine setups including a SS 350 option and a stout 427 option. Even though the Z/28 did not come along till the next year, on this day of September 29th, 1966, the Camaro hit the road for the first time. Five decades later, this sports car is still a noticeable piece of automobile history no matter what year or model you are driving.