Code-named XP-21, this General Motors (GM) made vehicle was the first gas turbine vehicle made on American shores. The idea behind the whole concept was to check the viability of using a gas turbine instead of using petrol driven engines that was becoming expensive.
Known as Firebird I, this vehicle was the result of two legendary brains coming together – Charles McCuen whose team designed the patented ‘Whirlfire Turbo Power’ turbine while the body design and the aeroplane inspired fibreglass reinforced plastic body was provided by Harley Earl.
The 370 HP turbine that acted on the rear wheels through a transmission would take the car to speeds of 320 km/hr. All this happened in the year 1953.
Three more test Firebird’s were made for experimental reasons. This model in resin is an replica of the first Firebird.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: Resin|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- High precision miniature models|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||3.5 x 2 x1.5|
|Make||Best of Show|