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 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

1951 Buick LaSabre (XP-8) Concept


Back in 1951, this convertible Buick LaSabre was not just extreme looking, it was way ahead of its time. It had technology advancements that were not thought of yet and would give us a sneak peak into the future of the automotive industry. 

Harley Earl was the lead designer of this beautiful piece of machinery. From 1927 to 1958 he was General Motors' Head-of-Styling and had his hands in the cookie jar of many breakthrough designs and technology projects throughout his career. 

One of the first things that really set this car apart is the fact that it could function on gasoline and methyl alcohol. There were separate fuel cells for both sources and an easy way to switch between the two at the convenience of the driver seat. It also had one of the first smaller engines that could produce high horsepower, much like what we see today. This beauty used a 215 cubic-inch V-8 Hemi aluminum block that was topped off with dual carbs, aluminum heads and a supercharger that produced 29.5 PSI. All this was good for 335-hp @5,500-RPM. 

In 1951 that was an outstanding number for such a small engine.

The styling was nothing short of artwork for this Buick LaSabre. Earl designed the first wrap around windshield that was said to give the driver a panoramic view. It also saw the likes of GM's first rear brake coolers by the means of functioning rear scoops on the back quarter-panel. They were designed not only to cool the brakes but also the battery that was positioned in the back.

One of the very noticeable features that people hadn't seen too much of was the hidden futuristic headlights that would pop out from behind the grille with a flip of a switch. Also, the Buick LaSabre had a feature on it that to this day is only really used on Indy and Formula-1 cars. The automatic jack system was the first of its kind and allowed you to work under your car without a floor jack or jack stands. Maybe today that doesn't sound like much, but think back to 1951 and the stock emergency jack that would be provided for you if you had the unfortunate flat tire. Oh yea, remember, there were no cell phones to call TripleA or a friend, and no OnStar type systems.

Another feature that may really stun you is the automatic sensors that could recognize rain, in-turn, putting your rag-top and windows up without you being around to control them. The Buick even had a backup source of power so if your battery were to die you cold still at least control features like the radio, windows and the rag-top. 

This car was designed from Earl's imagination and his love for jet-airplane designs. The sleek styling-lines and the flamboyant curves is what really sets this car apart. The interior even leaked a little bit of aeronautical passion in it with a dashboard that implicated a altimeter, tachometer and a compass. Earl adopted this 1951 Buick LaSabre as his own and drove it till he had about 50,000 miles on it before handing it over to the GM museum in the 1960's.

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.